The 60-year storied history of Corvette culminates in the ultimate merging of classic design and iconic supercar power—welcome the new 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible Collector Edition. Combining technology found in both the Z06 and ZR1 including carbon fiber elements and the handcrafted 7.0-liter LS7 small block engine with the Corvette convertible experience, 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible is the first and only of its kind. Prepare yourself for the highest-performing Corvette convertible in 60 years. It’s what Corvette dreams are made of.
To mark this milestone in the Corvette story, the available Corvette 60th Anniversary design package will be available on all 2013 Corvette models. Showcased here on the 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible, this package boasts an Arctic White exterior and a Blue Diamond leather-wrapped interior with sueded-microfiber accents. The optional graphics package adds a classic track-ready appearance with full-length racing stripes in Pearl Silver Blue that run the length of the vehicle, including the interior.
The convertible top even continues the appearance with stitched stripes. The package also includes gray-painted brake calipers, a ZR1 rear spoiler and 60th Anniversary badging on the wheel center caps, steering wheel and seat head restraints to give a finishing touch to this sleek and distinctive appearance.
Calling back legends of the big block 427 convertibles of the mid 1960s, the 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible brings the supercar performance to the “top down” experience. That’s 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds, a top speed of 190 mph on the test track and 505 horsepower with the wind in your hair. Remember to breathe. At the heart of 427 Convertible is the 7.0-liter (427 ci) LS7 aluminum-block V8, handcrafted by our own skilled engine craftsmen at the GM Performance Build Center where owners are invited to play a part with the optional Corvette Engine Build Experience.
The engine incorporates lightweight titanium intake valves and connecting rods and contains a high-performance dry-sump oil system, which distributes pressurized oil to protect vital components under high-g driving conditions. It’s track-ready power tucked within the classic Corvette convertible body for the first time in 60 years.
Everything on the 427 Convertible works together to create stability during high-speed handling. The optional Carbon Fiber front splitter and side rockers from the ZR1 and Z06 help reduce lift, which helps keep the 427 grounded while maneuvering at high speeds. Standard Magnetic Selective Ride Control™, which provides increased wheel control by dramatically reducing heave, pitch and roll even on the roughest of roads or during difficult maneuvers at high speeds. Then there’s its optimized suspension, which was fully enhanced with a unique calibration specifically for the 427 Convertible. Consider all of that with launch control, standard with the short-throw 6-speed manual gearbox, which modulates engine rpm to lay the power down smoothly while providing consistent acceleration times on the track. All of this together means refined control no matter if you’re on a track or on the highway.
It’s track-ready power with the support of state-of-the-art control. Corvette 427 Convertible uses monoblock six-piston front calipers and four-piston rears, while the extra-large 14-inch front rotors and 13.4-inch rears are vented and cross-drilled. It also pulls elements from Z06 and Grand Sport such as 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels; and Michelin® PS2 tires, which offer exceptional grip. Combining these elements give the 427 Convertible a grounded and aggressive appearance that also supports its high-speed capability with incredible stopping power as well.
The 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible pulls elements from both the Z06 and ZR1 into the Corvette convertible body creating the ultimate dream Corvette. The classic and aggressive appearance with rounded fenders, and its powerful silhouette are distinctive while the use of the latest in lightweight material from the Z06 and ZR1 including its Carbon Fiber raised hood, floor panels and fenders visually strengthen its track-ready look while helping to make it the fastest and most capable Corvette Convertible yet. It’s the best of the most powerful and aggressive Corvette appearances brought together in a convertible body for the first time ever.
The 427 interior is designed to impress and give you a comfortable, stylish ride. Cushion areas offer support — as do the large bolsters on the seatback and optional microfiber seat inserts. The comfort continues with a padded center console and armrests which also complement the new design with model-specific badging on the steering wheel, streamlined switch trim, wrapped spokes, better hand placement and thumb grips.
There are no limits to this — the most luxurious interior available in a Corvette. Step up your elegance by opting into the Custom Leather-Wrapped Interior Package with the 1SC trim level and add contrasting color stitching in red, blue or yellow. Want to increase style even further?
Corvette racing is about more than simply winning on the track. It’s about bringing the technologies developed to win into production models and building a better Corvette. Over the years, our engineers have worked closely with the Corvette Racing Team to co-develop innovations that have improved Corvette models year after year. Innovations such as the LS7 engine co-developed with the Corvette Le Mans-winning GT1 engine, which features lightweight titanium connecting rods and intake valves, as well as the racing-inspired high-flow cylinder heads and dry-sump oil system. Even the Carbon Fiber elements found in the 427 Convertible were developed on the racetrack, because in the end if it makes it a better racecar, it makes it a better Corvette.
Control is a good thing, and this technology provides increased wheel control by dramatically reducing heave, pitch and roll even on the roughest of roads or during difficult maneuvers at high speeds. These shock absorbers employ magnetorheological fluid for damping levels adjusted up to 1,000 times per second, making the system exceptionally responsive. Magnetic Selective Ride Control for the 427 Convertible includes two distinct calibrations to best support driving style: Tour mode and Sport mode. Ride is smooth on the road and handling is solid on the track. It’s the best of both worlds wrapped up in a convertible body — just sit back and enjoy the adrenaline rush.
For refined handling and reduced weight, 427 Convertible employs standard Carbon Fiber elements from both the Z06 and ZR1 including floor panels, fenders and raised hood. Additionally, the Carbon Fiber front splitter and rocker panels are optional on the 427 Convertible or part of the available 60th Anniversary Design Package. This weight optimization along with its 505-horsepower LS7 engine gives 427 Convertible a power-to-weight ratio of 6.6:1 — better than Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet, Audi R8 5.2 RSI Spider, Aston Martin DBS Volante Convertible and Ferrari California Convertible.
It is our priority to keep our customers safe and we take that responsibility seriously. That’s why our safety philosophy covers you before, during and after a collision. With preventative measures that include Active Handling, run-flat tires and four-wheel antilock brakes minimizing your risk, and OnStar®† standard for six months, protecting you in the event of a collision — we have you covered.
Our preventative features help ensure Corvette 427 owners have a safe and fun driving experience. Active Handling and four-wheel antilock brakes help you stay in control and on the road, while standard xenon high-intensity discharge headlamps emit 900 lumens of light, keeping the road clear and visible. And, remain calm if there’s ever a loss of tire pressure because the run-flat tires help enable safe function for some distance at a moderate speed until the tire can be repaired.
The frame and body cage of Corvette 427 are uniquely designed to be lightweight and still absorb the energy from a crash to ensure the integrity of the passenger space. This allows the frontal and side-impact air bags2 to help protect you and any passengers in the vehicle in the event of a collision.
OnStar®† with Directions & Connections® and Automatic Crash Response4 comes standard for the first six months. This means in the event of a collision your Corvette uses built-in sensors that can automatically alert an Advisor, who is immediately connected into your vehicle and can request emergency help be sent to your exact GPS location — even if you’re unable to respond.
Check out its “Ecologic” Features. Here at Chevrolet, we believe in being a responsible steward of our environment. Recently, we’ve developed a new way to communicate some of the environmentally significant features of each vehicle we make. We call it “Ecologic.”
Every aspect of Ecologic is audited by Two Tomorrows, an independent third party sustainability auditor. To learn more about Ecologic and the Two Tomorrows’ process, click here.
Low-mass materials, such as an aluminum cockpit structure, lightweight composite body panels, balsa wood floor panel and an aluminum engine block and cylinder head, reduce engine workload and contribute to better fuel economy.
A six-speed transmission allows the engine to operate at a lower rate of speed as compared to transmissions with fewer gears, which results in better fuel economy. Transmissions employ shift management technologies when maximum engine power is not required. When these technologies engage, engine workload is reduced, which contributes to better fuel economy. Manual transmission has skip shift technology (1st to 4th). Automatic transmission has 2nd gear start.
The engine has been factory-filled with engine oil meeting GM's new dexos™ specification, which has improved viscosity characteristics as compared to the previous GF-4 oil, contributing to better fuel economy.
The engine facilities are landfill-free. These facilities use a process to reuse, recycle or convert to energy all waste created in their daily operations, which conserves resources. Some water and engine-air deflectors are manufactured with more than 99% recycled content, which includes used tires. Recycled material conserves resources and reduces landfill deposits.
The Toledo, OH, transmission facility (automatic transmission only) features a designated habitat area certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council, which provides ecological benefits.The Bowling Green, KY, assembly plant features solar charging canopies on the grounds, which conserves resources and lessens dependence on fossil fuels.
Landfill gas supplies 16% of the energy to heat and cool the Toledo, OH, transmission facility (automatic transmission only), which makes the facility less reliant on fossil fuels.
After the vehicle’s useful life, 85% of it is recyclable. The majority of its components can be broken down and recycled, which conserves resources and reduces landfill deposits.
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