2013 Chevrolet Corvette Preview

Jeff Youngs | Apr 19, 2013
FAST FACTS
  • Available 60th Anniversary option package
  • New Convertible Collector Edition adds high-powered engine to convertible
  • Black wheels optional on base and Grand Sport trims
  • Rear spoiler optional on base and Grand Sport trims
  • Up to 638 horsepower available
  • Three body styles: coupe, convertible, or targa top

Introduction

The original Chevrolet Corvette debuted 60 years ago, in 1953. During that time, Chevy's sports car has stayed true to the original formula--a low, wide stance, rear-wheel drive, seating for two, and big V-8 power. In 2013 the Corvette is available as a coupe or convertible roadster, or as a coupe with a targa top (a removable roof panel). The Corvette competes with the Porsche Boxster, Ford Shelby GT500, BMW Z4, and Mercedes-Benz SLK350, among others. The Corvette is offered in six basic models: Coupe, Convertible, Grand Sport Coupe, Grand Sport Convertible, performance-oriented Z06, and ultra-high-performance ZR1. The Coupe and Convertible models come in four trim levels: 1LT, 2LT, 3LT, and 4LT. There's also an all-new Corvette 427 convertible trim to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the model.

Exterior Features

The 2013 Chevrolet Corvette is available in six standard and four premium colors. The base 1LT trim features 18-inch front and 19-inch rear steel wheels with run-flat performance tires, automatic xenon headlights, fog lights, heated outside mirrors, and keyless ignition/entry. At the 3LT level, the convertible version has a power-folding top. The Grand Sport includes wheel upgrades, stiffer suspension tuning and larger brake rotors, and features various styling enhancements. The 427 features carbon-fiber body panels and hood, distinctive 19-inch wheels, and the ZR1 spoiler.

Interior Features

The Corvette's 1LT trim includes leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, power accessories, 6-way power seats, OnStar, and a 7-speaker sound system. The 2LT trim includes Bluetooth connectivity, a head-up display, touch-screen interface, 9-speaker Bose sound system, navigation system, and a cargo net and cover. The heated sport seats on the 3LT have more power adjustments; the 4LT trim adds more leather surfaces and leather/faux suede upholstery. The Grand Sport trim adds some styling touches. The Z06 and the 427 are similarly equipped. The Corvette coupe offers a maximum of 22.4 cubic feet of cargo space; the convertible provides 11.0 cubic feet.

Optional Features

An adaptive suspension is available on all Corvette trims, as is a dual-mode exhaust. At the highest trim levels of each model, the optional 60th Anniversary Design package includes a premium white body, special badging, "Diamond Blue" interior trim with stitched seat emblems, suede steering wheel, and premium spoiler. With that package comes the further option of Pearl Silver Blue stripes extending the full length of the body. On convertibles, the package includes tonal stitch blue stripes on the top. Colored calipers, colored headlamps, dual-mode exhaust, a variety of wheels, and many different color combinations are available; the full list of options is exhaustive.

Under the Hood

The standard power plant for the 2013 Corvette line is a 6.2-liter V-8 engine rated at 430 horsepower that produces 424 lb.-ft. of torque. The Z06 and the 427 models are fitted with a 7.0-liter V-8 engine rated at 505 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque. The ZR1 features a supercharged, 6.2-liter V-8 engine that delivers 638 horsepower and 604 lb.-ft. of torque. The standard transmission is a 6-speed manual; a 6-speed automatic is optional with the standard engine but not on higher-performance models. Rear-wheel drive is standard on all Corvettes.

Fuel Economy

EPA fuel-economy figures for the 2013 Chevrolet Corvette are:

  • Corvette with standard 6.2-liter V-8 engine and automatic transmission: 15/25/18 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • Corvette with standard 6.2-liter V-8 engine and manual transmission: 16/26/19 mpg
  • Corvette with 7.0-liter V-8 engine: 15/24/18 mpg
  • Corvette with supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine: 14/21/17 mpg

Safety

Standard safety features of note on the 2013 Chevrolet Corvette include anti-lock disc brakes, stability control, front-seat side air bags, daytime running lights, tire-pressure monitor, and OnStar notification. As this preview is written, the 2013 Corvette has not been tested for crashworthiness by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Technology

The Corvette is the showcase for Chevrolet technology, particularly as it affects performance. The 7.0-liter engine makes this generation of Corvette convertibles the most powerful in the model's 60-year history. According to the manufacturer, the Z06 features mono-block 6-piston front calipers and 4-piston rear calipers, while the extra-large 14-inch front rotors and 13.4-inch rear rotors are vented and cross drilled for exceptional braking performance.
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