Corvette celebrates 60 years with 427 Convertible Collector Edition and Anniversary Package

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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Chevrolet's C6 Corvette is the sixth generation of what is largely considered to be America's most popular sports car. First introduced in 1953, the Corvette has retained its two-seat, V8-powered, rear-wheel drive configuration for essentially 60 years. What's more is that the next-generation C7 Corvette is expected to arrive for the 2014 model year, proving that Chevrolet is committed to the future of this motoring icon.

2013 however is special, in that this model year signifies both the 60th anniversary of the Corvette's existence as well as the final model year of C6 production. To celebrate these occasions, Chevrolet has announced its new 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible Collector Edition as well as a 60th Anniversary Package available for all 2013 Corvettes.

The 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible Collector Edition is powered by a 427-cubic-inch (7.0-litre) LS7 V8 engine sourced from the Corvette Z06. With 505 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, it is the most powerful engine ever to be fitted to a production series Corvette convertible. Like the Corvette Z06, the Corvette 427 Convertible Collector Edition is available only with a 6-speed manual transmission. The engine and transmission work together to provide a 0 to 100 km/h acceleration time of 3.8 seconds, a quarter-mile time of 11.8 seconds and a top speed of over 305 km/h.

Chevrolet's LS7 engine is assembled at the GM Performance Build Center in Wixom, Michigan and features racing-inspired high-flow cylinder heads, a dry-sump oiling system and titanium connecting rods and intake valves. For customers so inclined, purchasing the optional Corvette Build Experience will allow them to visit the GM Performance Build Center to assemble the engine of their very own Corvette 427 Convertible Collector Edition.

In addition to its gargantuan engine, the Corvette 427 Convertible Collector Edition makes use of the Corvette Z06's driveline and rear axle, as well as a rear-mounted battery and Magnetic Selective Ride Control. The unique Corvette is hunkered down over lightweight 19-inch wheels up front and larger 20-inch wheels at the back. Other lightweight equipment includes a carbon fibre hood, carbon fibre floor panels and Z06-style carbon fibre fenders.

As unique as the 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible Collector Edition already is, it can be also be optioned with the 60th Anniversary Package, as can all other 2013 Corvettes. The 60th Anniversary Package adds such bespoke styling enhancements as an Arctic White exterior, grey brake calipers, 60th Anniversary badging, a Corvette ZR1-style rear spoiler and "60th" logos on the steering wheel, headrests and the centre caps of the wheels. 2013 Corvettes with the Anniversary package also feature a striking Blue Diamond leather-wrapped interior with suede accenting, and convertible models feature a matching blue top.

Though the demise of the C6 is a bittersweet moment, it is of course a prelude to the seventh-generation version. After 60 years and six generations, Chevrolet seems poised to move forward. In addition to the 427 Convertible Collector Edition and 60th Anniversary Package, Chevrolet may one day build 70th, 80th and even 100th Anniversary Corvettes.
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Topics: Convertible, Roadster, Sports Coupe, Chevrolet, 2013, Corvette Convertible 427 Collector Edition, Anniversary Edition,

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