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2013 Chevrolet Corvette

Thursday, April 18th 2013. | Chevrolet

“Fast” would be an understatement for the 2013 Chevrolet Corvette’s impressive performance; its powertrain, matched by its domineering exterior styling and detailed interior, makes this new Corvette one of the strongest in its class. It also helps that the Corvette will surely grab anyone’s attention everywhere.

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Top-of-the-line Performance

The 2013 Chevy Corvette is available in two body types: a hatchback coupe and a convertible roadster. The standard Corvette and Grand Sport comes in both types, and is packed with a 6.2-liter LS3 engine that produces 430 horsepower and 424 lb-feet of torque, in six-speed manual transmission. Both come in four sub-trim levels: the 1LT, 2LT, 3LT, and 4LT. In just 4.5 seconds, the Corvette is a roadrunner that runs tat 60 mph. The fuel economy doesn’t disappoint, with a rating of 16 mpg/26 mpg city/highway, and a combined rating of 19 mpg.

The more formidable Z06 and ZR1 are available as coupes, while the 427 is available as a convertible. The Z06 is further broken down into sub-trims: the 1LZ, 2LZ, and 3LZ. The ZR1 also comes in the same three sub-trims.

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The 427 convertible has three sub-trims, the 1SA, 1SB, and 1SC. It is equipped with carbon-fiber body panels, a ZR1 spoiler, and commanding 19-inch wheels. All three of the stronger-performing Corvettes are equipped with a 6.2-liter V8 engine that packs a mean 638 horsepower, and 604 lb-feet torque, with a decent fuel economy rating of 14 mpg/21 mpg city/highway, and a combined rating of 17 mpg.

An Exterior to Behold, and Improved Interior

It’s hard not to call the Corvette a work of art. Eight and a half years ago, a 2004 Corvette is sure to draw attention and turn heads around. The sixth-generation Corvette lives up to its reputation as a head turner. The striking profile of the new Corvette is characterized by wider fenders than usual. For reference’s sake, it is 3 inches wider than Chevrolet’s large car offering, the Impala. While the 2013 Corvette borrows several elements from its predecessor, the Z06, it is still distinctly its own.

Automative critics have complained about the interior of the previous Corvette models, but this is thankfully remedied this time around. The interior is vastly functional, with front seats and its bolsters vastly improved and a remarkable cargo capacity of 22 cubic feet for the coupe and 11 cubic feet for the convertible. It is, in other words, a Corvette that could be drive around on a daily basis.

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Safety Features

The 2013 Chevrolet Corvette gets the standard top-ranking Chevrolet treatment in its safety features. While there are no side curtain airbags, it gets antilock brakes, side airbags, stability and traction control. Another innovation is the OnStar system, which provides automatic crash notification, remote door unlocking, stolen vehicle assistance, turn-by-turn navigation, and on-demand roadside assistance.

Middle ground Technology

The 2013 Chevy Corvette pegs its technology features in the middle ground, which is more than most cars in its class have to say for themselves. Equipped with dual-zone climate control, push-button start, keyless entry, heads-up display, Bluetooth connectivity and navigation, the Corvette isn’t lacking in its tech features.

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Pricing

For $76,900, the 427 is definitely a bargain, considering its impressive performance that rivals luxury cars beyond the $100,000-dollar mark like the Porsche 911. The base Corvette costs around $20,000 less—is not bad at all, and a great, great place to start if you’re ready to be the king of the road.

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