Chevy executives describe the 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible as "the best hardware, all put together in a convertible." Many at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant have said that "this is the best Corvette we ever did!"
What hardware are they talking about? What is so exceptional? At the risk of being incomplete, observations made or heard recently during the recent reveal in Bowling Green include:
- The V92 Hood is fully carbon, to reduce weight.
- Magnetic Selective Ride Control is standard.
- The 19" Front / 20" Rear Wheels and Tires are bigger.
- The car is not tuned like a Z06, so "it is maybe our most edgy car."
- With the addition of the 60th Anniversary Package, a darker blue is actually woven into the convertible top.
- As a seventh model (for one year only), it has its own model number: 1YG67.
- It comes in three trim levels: 1SA, 1SB, and 1SC.
- Starting MSRP is $76,900, including Destination Charge.
- A fully loaded 4LT will sell for just over $93,000.
- Also included are the Dry Sump feature and Battery Pack.
As was said in the presentation at the National Corvette Museum in April, "the Corvette is designed to be a convertible anyway." It was primarily just a matter of bolting the more powerful engine into the same steel frame of a Grand Sport.
The most demanding engineering challenge was to move the battery to the rear of the car. The traditional battery location under the front hood was displaced by the Dry Sump unit. A place had to be designed for the battery cable, essentially front to back.
We expect to see a lot of these beauties on the road this summer! It is a most fitting way to send off the C6 Corvette!