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2013 Chevy Corvette Grand Sport

2013 Chevrolet Corvette Review

(0 Stars)  Numerous iterations, but a singular car for the price.

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New For 2013
Except for a carbon-fiber hood, fenders, and floor panels, the new 427 convertible is basically a droptop version of the Z06. For 2013, it and the rest of the Corvette clan can be dressed up in the 60th Anniversary Design Package that includes dark blue seats with baby blue accents, anniversary logos on the seats and steering wheel, and racing stripes that even make it onto the cloth top of convertible models.
Overview
The year 2013 is the Corvette’s sixtieth anniversary and the C6’s final year of production. To mark these milestones, Chevy puts the Z06’s 7.0-liter V-8, drivetrain, and rear axle into a carbon-fiber-reinforced droptop to produce the 427 convertible. It may be Chevy’s fastest convertible ever, but it doesn’t knock the top-spec ZR1 off its pedestal. With a 6.2-liter supercharged LS9 V-8 that pumps out an incredible 638 hp and 604 lb-ft of torque, the ZR1 is the first production Corvette capable of crossing the 200-mph threshold. As for the other Corvettes? The base and Grand Sport models use a 6.2-liter V-8, but the GS gets a number of upgrades, including Z06 styling cues, its own gear (manual transmission) and rear-axle ratios, and available Magnetic Selective Ride Control. The 505-hp boy-racer Z06 neatly fills the gap between the base model and the ZR1 and can be had in a limited-edition Carbon model, which adds a number of performance and cosmetic upgrades, including ZR1-style aerodynamic aids, carbon-ceramic Brembo brakes, and Magnetic Selective Ride Control. In fact, every Corvette model has numerous performance and cosmetic packages that allow buyers to customize their car down to the color of the brake calipers. Interior quality remains an Achilles’ heel, but the Vette continues to offer unrivaled bang for the buck.

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2013 Corvette Grand Sport Coupe Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 6.2L V 8 OHV
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 16 MPG city, 26 MPG highway, 19 MPG combined and 341 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
18.0gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 430 hp @ 5,900 rpm; 424 ft lb of torque @ 4,600 rpm

'13 Chevy Grand Sport Reviews

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'13 Chevy Grand Sport Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Compass
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Trunk Pulldown
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Memory
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Vehicle Information Center
  Interior  
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Air Filtration System
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Cargo Net
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  Safety  
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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HID Headlights
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Limited Slip Differential
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Memory Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Heated Front Seats
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Leather Seats
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Memory Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Satellite Radio
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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GPS/Satellite Communication
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
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Navigation System
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Voice Activated Controls
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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