What can be said about the Chevrolet Corvette that hasn’t been already said? The Corvette is an all-American sports car, a vehicle that provides style, speed, and power in one unforgettable package. The 2013 Chevrolet Corvette continues the tradition, and as the C6 model rides off into the sunset, you’ll still find everything in this car that you buy a Corvette for. You’ll also find some new goodies, such as a unique options package and the special 427 Convertible Collector Edition, which can probably be fairly described as a race car that you can drive to work. If you’re not ready for the 427, you can choose from the classic Coupe, the Convertible, the Grand Sport Coupe, the Grand Sport Convertible, the Z06, or the ZR1, with multiple sub trim levels within each model.
New For 2013
The 2013 Chevrolet Corvette is the last of the C6s, so if you’re fond of the sixth generation of Corvette, this is your last model year to get one. Those six generations of Corvette covered sixty years, and in honor of that milestone, new for 2013 is a 60th anniversary options package which includes, among other things:
- Arctic White Exterior
- Blue Diamond Leather Interior with Suede Accents
- ZR1-type Rear Spoiler
The exterior of the 2013 Chevrolet Corvette has the same, classic Corvette look that you know and love. An aggressive design, long, aerodynamic body, and rounded fenders let everyone know that you’re a sports car driver. On the coupe, a removable roof panel allows you to enjoy the outside world while snug in the interior of your Corvette. If you opt for the convertible, you can go with the basic manual top or a power top that rolls into place in 18 seconds. Either top still leaves plenty of cargo room, even when the top is dropped. The Grand Sport adds to the sporty appearance of the exterior with a flared body style and racing type design cues, along with dual front wheel air vents (also found in the 427 Convertible) that both bolster the racy appearance and facilitate brake cooling. The Z06 features an emphasis on the lightweight body, with an aluminum frame with carbon-fiber fenders, floors and, if you like, roof, hood, splitters, and rockers. This lightweight design offers incredible handling and smooth performance on the road. If you’re going all the way with the ZR1, you’ll appreciate the Carbon Fiber hood with a window allowing you to see this vehicle’s unparalleled LS9 supercharger.
Interior & Cargo
The 2013 Chevrolet Corvette is designed with the sport driver in mind. The basic Corvette interior includes increased support on the seatback and cushion, padded center console and armrests, and available contrasting color stitching. Custom leather stitching is available on the Grand Sport. Available interior options include navigation radio with voice activation and 6.5 inch LCD center display, Bluetooth technology, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Bose premium audio, and a Head-Up Display.
If you get into trouble in the 2013 Chevrolet Corvette, never fear, OnStar is available with emergency roadside assistance and collision notification, along with stolen vehicle tracking. Other key safety features of the Chevrolet Corvette include four wheel anti-lock brakes, Active Handling, run flat tires, and frontal and side impact airbags. The Corvette also offers stability and traction control, electronic brake force distribution, front and rear ventilated disc brakes, and front seatbelt pretensioners. You’ll find Xenon high intensity discharge headlamps for great visibility in difficult road conditions, and an alarm system and engine immobilizer for additional theft protection.
Don’t be ashamed if you scrolled all the way down to this part of the review first. After all, this is what you buy a Corvette for, the driving experience. Pure power and speed in a shiny, stylish package. There’s no question that the 2013 Chevrolet Corvette delivers on that power and speed promise; the only real question is, how much of it can you handle? Your basic Chevrolet Corvette features a beautiful 6.2-liter V-8 that generates 430 horsepower and 424 lb-ft of torque, allowing you to get up to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds (3.95 in the Grand Sport) and top out at 190 mph if you can get it out onto the track. Speaking of the track, the racy 427 and the Z06 can get you from zero to 60 in under four seconds with 505 horses and 470 lb-ft of torque provided by their massive 7.0-liter, V-8 engines. For ultimate power, of course, it’s the ZR1, with a 6.2-liter V-8 that comes with a handcrafted supercharger, resulting in 638 horsepower and 604 lb-ft of torque. Naturally, the Corvette is designed to handle all this power, with a suspension that features Magnetic Selective Ride Control that stiffens for those winding mountain roads and loosens for a comfortable highway ride, depending on whether you’re in Tour or Sport mode. Throw in Launch Control, standard with the short-throw six-speed manual gearbox, for smooth, powerful acceleration as you go.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Chevrolet Corvette
- Nissan GT-R
- Porsche 911
- Ford Shelby GT500