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2013 Chevrolet Corvette Overview

Justin Cupler
Automotive Editor - December 11, 2012

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.

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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