GM will begin the celebrations for the 60th anniversary of its Chevrolet Corvette with a special edition 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible, equipped with the monstrous 7.0-litre LS7 V8 engine of the Corvette Z06, and here are the first pictures of the model with a special cameo from one of its illustrious ancestors. During the transplant, the unit did not lose any of its 513 hp and 637 Nm of torque as the 6-speed manual gearbox of the Z06 as well as its Magnetic Ride Control suspension have been transferred to the Corvette 427 Convertible too. The combination of low mass and high output will make the 427 Convertible one of the fastest convertibles in the world, with a 0-60 mph (96 km/h) sprint time of 3.8 seconds and a top speed of more than 190 mph (306 km/h).
The model uses 19″ wheels on the front and 20″s at the back, all of which fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tyres. Bonnet and fenders are made of carbon fibre, a material that has been used to build many other components of the vehicle, resulting in an overall weight of 1,525 kg (3,361 lb).
The new Chevrolet Corvette 427 Convertible can also be customized with the “60th Anniversary Package” - which will be made available for all other Corvette models in 2012 - which include a white-blue paint job (with the signature two blue stripes stitched on the fabric of the roof as well) and blue leather upholstery for the interior. The very first model will be auctioned off for charity at the upcoming Barrett-Jackson classic car auction. to find out more about the new Chevrolet Corvette 427 Convertible, check out the official press release after the jump.
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