3/4 Front Glamour 2013 Chevrolet Corvette

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Expert's Rating

4.8Excellent

MPG 15 City / 25 Highway
Pros
  • Powerful engine options
  • Excellent handling
  • Looks fast just standing still
Cons
  • Uncomfortable seats
  • Sub-par interior quality
  • Navigation system looks dated
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The 2013 model year is the 60th anniversary for the Corvette, as it originally launch in 1963 as a rather sluggish, six-cylinder-powered sports car. It has since become a major powerhouse in the sports car realm, and in some ways makes a good case for supercar classification. The 2013 model year also marks another big deal for the Corvette, as it is the final year for the C6 generation Corvette. The C7 generation, boasting an all-new 6.2-liter V-8 engine, makes its way into Chevy's lineup in 2014.

Introduction

The 2013 Corvette has five main trim levels, including: Base, Grand Sport, 427, Z06 and ZR1. The base level Corvette starts things off with an LS3 V-8 engine that has more than enough pop to satisfy just about any buyer. When you move up to the Grand Sport model, the same LS3 engine is under the hood, but some additional styling features and upgraded handling comes along with it.

Moving up to the Z06 model nets the 2013 Corvette the LS7 V-8 engine and tosses in an upgraded chassis. The 427 trim level adds in the same hand-built LS7 engine that’s in the Z06 and a convertible top. The peak of the 2013 Corvette lineup is the ZR1 trim level, which is, to date, the fastest and most powerful car that Chevy has ever offered to the public.

See our picks for best coupes in the CarsDirect 2013 Coupe Buying Guide.

There is competition in the sports car arena around every corner, but to find one that aligns with the 2013 Corvette’s mixture of speed, handling and looks is tough. There is, however, a small group of cars suited to compete with it. The first competitor on this list is the 2013 SRT Viper, which comes in a base format and a GTS, and pumps out 640-horsepower and 600 foot-pounds of torque. The Porsche 911 Coupe comes in as a worthy foe, as it features an array of engines ranging from a 350-horsepower, 3.4-liter engine to a 530-horsepower 3.8-liter engine. Another competitor is the wildly powerful 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang and its 662-horsepower, supercharged 5.8-liter V8 engine.

There’s a nice handful of competitors for the 2013 Corvette to take on, so Chevy had better deliver its “A” game to not lose any buyers to the competition.

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