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The initial Chevrolet Corvette came out in 1953 and since then all six subsequent generations of the car have been considered to be top class sports cars. Thus it is understandable that they have created numerous Anniversary Edition models along with Collector Edition models. The first Anniversary model appeared in 1978 during its third generation and was followed by four more models whereas the first Collector Edition model appeared in 1982. These distinctly different models started what has become a fine tradition for the Chevrolet, which has presented numerous anniversary and collector-edition models from that moment on. The 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible is the first model that combines both a Collector Edition and Anniversary Edition, which makes it even more special.

 

The 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible Collector Edition is the fastest, most capable convertible in Corvette’s history and it mixes ideas from the Z06 and ZR1 models. As stated in its name, it has the 427-cubic-inch (7.0L) LS7 engine from the Corvette Z06 with 505 horsepower (377 kW) and 470 lb.-ft. of torque (637 Nm) which makes it the most powerful engine ever put inside a production Corvette convertible. It is also paired up with a six-speed manual transmission, just like in the Z06, from which it has also borrowed the driveline and rear-axle system. The standard 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels with ZR1-style Michelin PS2 tires whereas Black Cup wheels or chrome ZR1-style wheels are an option.

 

There are also numerous carbon-fiber parts used for weight reduction, and this, paired up with advanced composite materials, brings this car to 3355 lbs (1522 kg). This gives the new Corvette a power-to-weight ratio of 6.64, or, in other words, for every 6.64 pounds of vehicle weight there is 1 hp. According to Chevrolet, that’s better than the Porsche 911 Turbo S cabriolet at 6.90, the Audi R8 GT 5.2 FSI Spyder at 7.58, the Aston Martin DBS Volante convertible at 7.82, and the Ferrari California convertible at 8.31. All this gives the Corvette 427 Convertible Collector Edition the top speed of 190 mph (306 km/h) and the acceleration from 0 to 62 mph (0-100 km/h) of only 3.8 seconds.

 

To make it even more exclusive, the first 2013 Chevrolet Corvette 427 Convertible with a VIN number ending in 001 was sold at a charity auction in January of 2012 for $600,000. There is no doubt that Chevrolet did a great job with this car and that it proudly continues the tradition. All this makes us eagerly await the new C7 model which is expected to arrive in the fall of 2013 as a 2014 model year.

 

Here’s a video introduction of the new 2013 Chevrolet Corvette 427 and a photo gallery that will surely make you start drooling all over the place.

 


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