The current Chevy Corvette is entering its final year, which also happens to be the 60th anniversary of the Corvette. To celebrate the current-generation’s (C6) last model year, Chevy is releasing the 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible Collector Edition.
The Corvette 427 Convertible blends elements of the Z06 and ZR1 models to create the fastest and most-capable convertible in Corvette’s history. It’s powered by a 7.0L LS7 engine from the Corvette Z06 that delivers 505 horsepower and 407 lb-ft. of torque. It’s mated to a standard six-speed manual transmission and is the most powerful engine ever put in a production Corvette convertible.
The collector edition Corvette 427 also gets the driveline and rear axle system from the Corvette Z06, a rear-mounted battery and standard Magnetic Selective Ride Control. The standard 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels are wrapped in ZR1-style Michelin PS2 tires. To keep the weight down the Corvette 427 gets a carbon fiber raised hood, and carbon fiber fenders and floor panels. The weight reduction brings the 427 Convertible’s curb weight to 3,355 pounds. It’s lightweight helps the Corvette 427 reach 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds, the in 11.8 seconds and a top speed of more than 190 mph.
A new 60th Anniversay package is also available on all 2013 Corvette models. It features an Arctic White exterior with a Blue Diamond leather-wrapped interior with suede accents. A ZR1-style rear spoiler, special badging, gray-painted brake calipers and the “60th” logo on the wheel center caps, steering wheel and seat headrests are also part of the package.