(from GM Press
Release) CORVETTE MARKS 60 YEARS IN 2013 WITH ANNIVERSARY
Corvette marks its 60th anniversary in 2013 – and it is also the
final year for the current generation of the sports car. To
commemorate the production milestone and give the “C6” a proper
send-off, Chevrolet offers the Corvette 427 Convertible Collector
Edition – as well as a 60th Anniversary Package that will be
available on all 2013 Corvette models.
Evoking the heritage of early 427-powered Corvettes, the 427
Convertible Collector Edition takes Corvette convertible performance
to new territory, thanks to the Z06-based LS7 engine and combination
of Z06 and ZR1 chassis/suspension components. See the separate
release for complete details on the 427 Convertible Collector
All 2013 Corvette models, including the 427 Convertible, will be
available with a 60th Anniversary Design Package, featuring an
Arctic White exterior with a Blue Diamond leather-wrapped interior
with suede accents. Convertible models will have a blue top.
Additional content includes a ZR1-style rear spoiler, special
badging, gray-painted brake calipers and the “60th” logo on the
wheel center caps, steering wheel and seat head restraints. An
optional graphics package adds full-length racing stripes in Pearl
Silver Blue, including a tonal stripe stitched into the convertible
top, extending the graphic theme over the roof.
And even without the 60th Anniversary Design Package, all 2013
Corvettes feature 60th Anniversary badges on the fascias and the
“waterfall” panel on convertible models, as well as 60th logos in
the instrument panel gauge cluster and on the sill plates.
Additional new and revised features include:
Available black-painted five-spoke aluminum wheels, specific to
Corvette and Grand Sport models
ZR1-style rear spoiler is available on Corvette and Grand Sport
Exterior colors: Black returns and new Night Race Blue Metallic.
For 2013, Corvette is offered in five distinct models, including:
available in Coupe and Convertible, powered by the
430-horsepower (321 kW) LS3 V-8, (436 hp / 325 kW with optional
• Grand Sport models – offered in Coupe and Convertible –
combine the Corvette’s powertrain with wide-body styling, a
wider track and a racing-bred suspension for a distinctive model
that delivers greater handling performance, with wider wheels
and tires; revised shock, stabilizer bar and spring
specifications and specific gearing
• The 427 Convertible Collector Edition is the first time the
hand-built, 505-horsepower (377 kW) LS7 engine has been offered
in a Convertible
• The racing-inspired Corvette Z06 marries the 505-horsepower
(377 kW) LS7 engine to a lightweight, aluminum chassis
• The Corvette ZR1 is powered by the LS9 supercharged 6.2L
engine and is the fastest, most powerful car ever offered by
Chevrolet, with a top speed of 205 mph.
Corvette design and exterior
Corvette and Grand Sport
models are offered in coupe and convertible body styles.
Lightweight, composite body panels are a technology hallmark of the
Corvette and help it achieve excellent power-to-weight ratios for
Additional exterior features include:
projector-beam high-intensity discharged headlamps are standard
• Contrasting-color headlamp housings are available in Blade
Silver Metallic, Cyber Gray Metallic and Black
• Heated outside mirrors with driver-side auto-dimming feature
• ZR1-style rear spoiler is available
• Five-spoke, silver-painted aluminum 18 x 8.5-inch front wheels
and 19 x 10-inch rear wheels are standard and matched with
Goodyear Eagle F1 run-flat tires; Grand Sport features 18 x
9.5-inch front and 19 x 12-inch rear wheels
• Available wheels include five-spoke chrome aluminum,
machine-face aluminum and black aluminum (Corvette Coupe and
A power-folding convertible top is standard on 3LT and 4LT
Corvette and Grand Sport Convertible models.
Exterior colors include
Arctic White, Blade Silver Metallic, Inferno Orange Metallic,
Velocity Yellow Tintcoat, Torch Red, Supersonic Blue Metallic, Cyber
Gray, Crystal Red Tintcoat, Black and Night Race Blue Metallic.
Also available are customer-selectable brake caliper colors offered
in red, yellow, silver and gray.
Grand Sport details
Corvette Grand Sport
models feature wider front and rear fenders – including specific
front fenders with integrated Grand Sport badges – as well as a
Z06-style front splitter and tall rear spoiler. Functional brake
ducts and extra cooling support track-day performance.
Grand Sport models come with 18-inch front and 19-inch rear wheels.
A silver-painted wheel is standard and black and chrome finishes are
available. The wheels are wrapped in large 275/35ZR18 tires in front
and 325/30ZR19 tires in the rear.
Also part of the package are Z06-size brakes, including 14-inch (355
mm) front rotors with six-piston calipers and 13.4-inch (340 mm)
rear rotors with four-piston calipers, along with specific manual
transmission gear ratios and a specific, 2.73 rear axle ratio on
An available Heritage package for Grand Sport models adds iconic
front fender hash marks offered in four colors, and seat embroidery.
Corvette’s interior is inspired by the car’s dual-cockpit heritage.
Seats that were introduced in 2012 deliver improved appearance and
larger bolsters on the seat back and cushion areas to provide better
driver support, especially in high-performance driving. Sueded-microfiber
seat inserts are included with the leather-wrapped interior.
Additional features include:
• Sport steering
wheel with leather-wrapped spokes and audio controls is standard
on all models
• Head-up display, including Track Mode with g-meter, is
included on 2LT, 3LT and 4LT trims
• An AM/FM/XM radio with CD player and audio input jack is
• An onboard navigation system with voice recognition is
included with 2LT, 3LT and 4LT trims. It features a 6.5-inch
(165 mm) color touch-screen display
• A Bose Premium audio system with nine speakers, with tweeters
located in the instrument panel, and Bose Nd next-generation
bass performance is standard on 2LT, 3LT and 4LT trims
• Keyless access with push-button starting is standard on all
• Heated seats are standard on 3LT and 4LT trims
• Custom stitching in blue, red or yellow is available on 4LT.
A custom leather-wrapped
interior package is standard on the 4LT trim, featuring a
leather-wrapped upper and lower instrument panel, door pads and
seats; choice of exclusive colors: Dark Titanium, Ebony or Cashmere,
with unique color breakup; padded door panel armrests; “Corvette”
embroidered on passenger-side dash pad and a unique center trim
plate with a gunmetal pattern.
The 6.2L LS3 small-block
V-8 is the engine in Corvette and Grand Sport models. It is rated at
430 horsepower (321 kW)* and 424 lb.-ft. of torque (575 Nm)* with
the standard exhaust system. An optional dual-mode exhaust system
brings a power rating increase to 436 horses (325 kW) and 428
lb.-ft. (580 Nm). A standard six-speed manual transmission and an
optional six-speed automatic paddle-shift are offered.
Launch control is standard on manual transmission-equipped models,
and optimizes performance for full-throttle starts on a track. In
competitive mode, the system will hold a predetermined engine speed
while the driver pushes the throttle to the floor. That allows the
driver to quickly release the clutch and the system modulates engine
torque 100 times per second to maximize the available traction. The
system is capable of approaching a skilled driver’s best effort and
repeats it consistently.
A dry-sump engine oiling system is standard on Grand Sport models
equipped with a manual transmission.
Corvette chassis and suspension
Corvette and Grand Sport
models have a hydroformed steel rail backbone structure, which
features cored composite floors, an enclosed center tunnel,
rear-mounted transmission and aluminum cockpit structure. Suspension
cradles, control arms, knuckles, springs, dampers, bushings,
stabilizer bars and steering gear deliver low mass, direct response
and great driver feedback.
Coupe and convertible models offer two suspension choices that allow
drivers to choose the setup that best suits their driving style. The
standard suspension is tuned for a balance of ride comfort and
precise handling. The optional Magnetic Selective Ride Control
suspension features magneto-rheological dampers able to detect road
surfaces, and adjust the damping rates to those surfaces almost
instantly for optimal ride control. It includes larger,
cross-drilled brake rotors.
The Z16 Performance Package is standard on Grand Sportand includes
extra cooling, stiffer springs and stabilizer bars, specific shock
absorbers, larger brakes with six-piston front and four-piston rear
cross-drilled rotors, specific tires and Z16-specific six-speed
manual when ordered with six-speed manual transmission or
performance axle ratio with six-speed paddle-shift automatic.
Corvette safety and
The Corvette is designed
to help drivers avoid crashes, while protecting the occupants in the
event a crash occurs. A strong body structure is designed to absorb
crash energy and provide a protective “safety cage” around
• Four standard air
bags include side-impact air bags, which provide head protection
for outboard passengers in the event of a side-impact or
• Active Handling electronic stability control system helps
reduce the risk of rollover crashes by keeping the vehicle in
the driver’s intended path by applying throttle, braking or a
combination of both
• Standard four-wheel-disc brake system with anti-lock
• Pretensioners are standard. They minimize forward movement
during a collision, while load-limiting retractors cinch the
belt more tightly
• Tire pressure monitoring syst em and run-flat tires are
• Standard keyless access with push-button starting.
Corvette and OnStar
Six months of OnStar
Directions and Connections service is standard on all Corvette
models. OnStar is the global leading provider of connected safety,
security and mobility solutions and advanced information technology.
OnStar’s RemoteLink Mobile App allows smartphone users to control
vehicle functions, access vehicle information and send directions
directly to the vehicle. A new, opt-in service called FamilyLink
allows subscribers to stay connected to loved ones by checking the
location of their vehicle online or by signing up for vehicle
Corvette also features new OnStar button icons. Drivers will notice
an updated look for the Hands-Free Calling button, blue OnStar
button and red Emergency button.