While the all-new C7 Corvette is still a ways off into the future, Chevrolet and parent General Motors are getting set to celebrate a big anniversary for “America’s sports car.”
They’re getting set to mark the 60th anniversary by rolling out the most powerful Corvette convertible ever built. The 2013 427 Corvette ragtop makes use of some of the best parts of the “Vette Z06 and ZR1 supercars—notably including the Z06’s 505-horsepower 7.0-liter V-8 and the aerodynamic refinements of the ZR1.
The 2013 427 Corvette retains the wedge shape of the current generation of Corvettes. But instead of lifting an aluminum frame used in those racing-oriented models, GM engineers beefed up the stiffer steel frame utilized in recent configurations of the Corvette convertible. GM minimized the weight gain by adapting carbon-fiber fenders and a carbon-fiber floor pan.
The result is a car that, from a design and engineering perspective, carries forward some of the very latest and very best bits of Corvette’s unique heritage – while developing a unique character all of its own capable of carrying the ‘Vette flag during the sports car’s anniversary year.