427 Corvette Convertible - The Sky's The Limit

An exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the new 427 Convertible Collector Edition

Christopher R. Phillip Mar 8, 2012 0 Comment(s)
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VM: Will Chevrolet offer a factory-issued rollbar for the car?

JF: At this point, we have no plans to bring one out, but we did consider it. For now, we'll leave that to the aftermarket.

VM: Are all '13 Corvette factory colors and trim packages available to the 427 convertible?

JF: It will be available in all exterior, interior, and top colors that we offer for 2013, and in 2LT, 3LT, and 4LT trim levels. At this point that includes non-recommended color/trim/top combos, and get ready for this: Black returns as an exterior color for the model year.

VM: Will production or dealer allocation of the 427 convertible be constrained to increase its exclusivity?

JF: No. We will build as many as people want. We aim to please.

VM: What date will they be available for customer order?

JF: Dealer and customer ordering opens in late March 2012.

VM: When will dealer deliveries begin?

JF: We expect them to be in dealer showrooms in June of this year.

VM: Will they be available to order until summer 2013?

JF: No. Our 2013 Corvette model run is not going to be a full 12-month run. It will be a bit shorter. We start production in May 2012 and will end production in the first quarter of 2013.

VM: What will pricing be for the model and its options?

JF: We'll announce pricing in the spring.

VM: Is the 427 convertible signed up for pace-car duties at Indy, Daytona, or other speedways for 2013?

JF: We cannot disclose an answer to that question at this point.

VM: What options are available to augment the 427 convertible buying experience?

JF: It is available for the Engine Plant Build Experience (EPBE), where you help build your Corvette's engine at our Performance Build Center. It will also have a unique VIN sequence and you can specify the last digits of your VIN.

VM: Will the Corvette 427 convertible live beyond the 2013 model year?

JF: We can't answer that, but have no doubt that 2013 is the last model run for the C6 Corvette, Grand Sport, Z06, and ZR1. If you're sitting on the fence about getting a 427 convertible, a Z06, or a ZR1, now is the time to put your order in.

Note: For '13, all Corvettes will 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.

Preliminary Specs

'13 Chevrolet Corvette 427 Convertible Collector Edition

  • Model: Chevrolet Corvette 427 Convertible Collector Edition
  • Body styles/driveline: Two-door convertible; rear-wheel drive
  • Construction: Composite body panels, hydroformed steel frame with aluminum and magnesium structural and chassis components
  • Manufacturing location: Bowling Green, KY
  • Engine: 7.0L V-8 LS7
  • Displacement (cu in/cc): 427/7,008
  • Bore & stroke (in/mm): 4.125 x 4/104.8 x 101.6
  • Block material: Cast aluminum
  • Cylinder head material: Cast aluminum
  • Valvetrain: Overhead valve, two valves per cylinder
  • Fuel delivery: SFI (sequential fuel injection)
  • Compression ratio: 11.0:1
  • Horsepower: 505/377 at 6,300
  • Torque (lb-ft/Nm at rpm): 470/637 at 4,800
  • Recommended fuel: Premium required
  • Estimated fuel economy (city/hwy): 15/24 (no guzzler tax)
  • Transmission: Six-speed manual (automatic trans is not available)

Gear ratios (:1):

  • First: 2.66
  • Second: 1.78
  • Third: 1.30
  • Fourth: 1.00
  • Fifth: 0.74
  • Sixth: 0.50
  • Reverse: 2.90
  • Final drive ratio: 3.42


  • Front: Short/long arm (SLA) double wishbone, cast- aluminum upper and lower control arms, transverse-mounted composite leaf spring, monotube shock absorber; Magnetic Selective Ride Control
  • Rear: Short/long arm (SLA) double wishbone, cast- aluminum upper and lower control arms, transverse-mounted composite leaf spring, monotube shock absorber; Magnetic Selective Ride Control
  • Traction control: Electronic traction control; active handling


  • Type: Front and rear power-assisted disc with ABS with six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers, cross-drilled rotors
  • Rotor diameter x thickness (in/mm): Front
  • Brake swept area (sq in/mm): Front

Wheels & Tires

  • Wheel size: Front
  • Tires: Front


  • Wheelbase (in/mm): 105.7/2,685
  • Overall length (in/mm): 175.6/4,460
  • Overall width (in/mm): 75.9/1,928
  • Overall height (in/mm): 48.7/1,236
  • Curb weight (lb/kg): 3355/1,522
  • Weight distribution (% front/rear): 50/50


  • Seating capacity: 2
  • Interior volume (cu ft/L): 52/1,475
  • Headroom (in/mm): 38/962
  • Legroom (in/mm): 43/1,092
  • Shoulder room (in/mm): 55/1,397
  • Hip room (in/mm): 54/1,371


  • Cargo volume (cu ft/L): 11/295 (top up); 7.5/212 (top down)
  • Fuel tank (gal/L): 18/68.1
  • Engine oil (qt/L): 10.5/9.9
  • Weight: 3,355 lbs.

Note: Information shown is current at time of publication.




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