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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.

Which Style To Buy?

2013 Chevrolet Corvette
Starting price
$33,888

2013 Chevrolet Corvette 427

Recommended for: Buyers that always wanted the Z06's engine in a convertible body

The Corvette 427 is the first ever model to feature both the 505-horsepower LS7 engine and a convertible top. Because of the additional weight that the convertible top adds, the 427’s 0-to-60 time falls to 3.8 seconds and its ¼-mile time falls to 11.8 seconds at 123 mph. The 427 trim adds in Magnetic Elective Ride control for fine tuning the suspension and Michelin PS2 tires for added grip. Under the car it boasts a set of 19-inch wheels up front and 20-inch wheels on the rear, both of which are made of aluminum. On the outside, the 427 trim adds in carbon-fiber elements to the exterior for a little added style. Inside it gets all of the same features as the Z06, but adds in Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling, a Bose nine-speaker stereo system, voice recognition and a USB port.

2013 Chevrolet Corvette
Starting price
$33,888

2013 Chevrolet Corvette Base

Recommended for: Buyers looking for excellent performance for around $50K

The 2013 Corvette base model features a 6.2-liter V-8 engine that pumps out 430 horsepower and 424 foot-pounds of torque. The base model hits 60 mph in 4.2 seconds and has a top speed of 190 mph. It also gets through the ¼- mile in just 12.6 seconds at 115 mph. Inside the base model Corvette is leather-appointed seating, two-zone climate control, power and heated side-view mirrors, six-way power seats, navigation, an AM/FM stereo with CD player, MP3 player and SiriusXM capabilities. To keep you safe, the base model comes standard with OnStar and four air bags. On the outside the base Corvette gets Xenon HID lights and fog lamps. Helping keeping the Corvette on the road is Chevy’s Active Handling System, traction control and ABS.

2013 Chevrolet Corvette
Starting price
$33,888

2013 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport

Recommended for: A sub-4-second car to 60 mph without a massive price tag

The 2013 Corvette Grand Sport comes standard with the same engine and output as the base model, but it gets to 60 mph slightly faster at 3.95 seconds. Also improved is its ¼-mile time, which drops to 12.3 seconds at 117 mph. The Grand Sport model adds in a set of Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires wrapped around 9.5-inch-wide front rims and 12-inch-wide rear rims for extra grip over the base model. A wide body kit combined with a taller and wider spoiler help set off the outward appearance of the Grand Sport model. Also added to the Grand Sport is the Z52 Performance package, which includes a differential cooler and oversized, cross-drilled brakes. On the inside, the Grand Sport Corvette comes with the same standard features as the base Corvette.

2013 Chevrolet Corvette
Starting price
$33,888

2013 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Hardtop

Recommended for: Buyers looking for supercar-like performance at half the cost

First and foremost, the Z06 model comes with the famed LS7 engine, which is a 7.0-liter V-8 that pumps out 505 horsepower and 470 foot-pounds of torque. This additional horsepower gets the Z06 to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and through the ¼-mile in just 11.7 seconds at 125 mph. The Z06 model tops out at a stout 198 mph. On the inside of the Z06 it has the same standard features as the Grand Sport, plus a “Heads-Up” display that shows the car’s speed and other pertinent information, and an in-car g-force meter.

2013 Chevrolet Corvette
Starting price
$33,888

2013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

Recommended for: Buyers the want the best-performing Corvette in the 2013 lineup

The 2013 Corvette tops out with the ZR1 model , which comes with the LS9 engine. The LS9 is a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 that cranks 638 horsepower and 604 foot-pounds of torque. This engine allows the ZR1 to hit 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds and gets it through a ¼-mile in just 11.3 seconds at 131 mph. The ZR1 shows off its impressive top-end power by peaking at 205 mph. The ZR1 comes standard with a carbon-fiber fenders, roof, roof bow, ground effects, front splitter and domed hood. Helping bring the ZR1 to a halt from 60 mpg in just 103 feet are Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes.

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