The pride and joy of Chevrolet is the Corvette, GM’s uber-powerful sports car. The current generation is ceasing production in the near future and is getting a 427 Droptop model as a sendoff.
The Chevrolet Corvette has a long history. The Corvette is one of the few cars that has been in production without interruption for more than half a century; it debuted in 1953.
The current generation of Corvette is ceasing production by next year, when the new generation of Corvette will debut. The current generation of Corvette is referred to as the C6, the sixth generation of Chevy’s sports car. The next generation, the C7, will debut in 2013 as a 2014 model.
Chevrolet wants to give the C6 a proper send-off, according to USA Today, as part of the 60th anniversary of the Corvette in 2013. The company is launching a 60th Anniversary package, which will be an available option on all models. There is also a new convertible model, the 427 Droptop.
The glory days
The 427 Droptop, according to AutoBlog, harkens back to classic Corvettes from the late 1960s. From 1966 to 1969, several models, including convertibles, came with 427 cubic-inch engines. One was the 1967 L71, with its triple carburetor system and 435 horsepower. Also called the “427/435,” the car is very popular with collectors.
The new Corvette gets the 7.0-liter LS7 engine from the Z06, which produces about 505 horsepower. Only a six-speed manual transmission is available, and it gets GM’s Magnetic Ride Control system. GM reckons the car will go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.8 seconds and will achieve a top speed of 198 miles per hour, making it one of the fastest convertibles in the world.
It will certainly be cheap compared to competing cars; a Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet is faster but starts at $149,000. The official price hasn’t been publicized yet, but the 427 Droptop is expected be about half that.
Hits dealerships later this year
Chevrolet is going to debut the 427 Droptop publicly at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Ariz., in late January. Models with the 60th Anniversary package and the Droptop should hit dealerships in summer. The 60th Anniversary package, also available for the Droptop, will consist of an Arctic White paint job, 60th Anniversary badges and other appointments but no mechanical additions.
Little is known about the C7. Chevrolet, according to articles on Jalopnik and Inside Line, has practically imposed an oath of silence on engineers, and nothing is being revealed. Jalopnik posted some fairly detailed sketches of what appears to be the C7 ZR1. According to InsideLine, it may get a smaller V-8. The new model is also expected to be somewhat smaller than the C6 Corvette.