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PERFORMANCE | 10 out of 10
By scrounging up some of their best performance hardware, they've managed to cobble up a new car that just might be cool enough to warrant resurrection of the storied Grand Sport moniker.
The Z06 does get a bit hairy in bumpy corners, where it's easy to apply too much power and find yourself doing a noisy, smoky pirouette.
The first thing you need to do with the ZR1 is throw out any preconceived notions you have about it. Isn't it just a more extreme Z06 with 131 more horsepower or an answer to a question no one asked? No. It's a comprehensively re-engineered vehicle that shares little in feel with either the standard Corvette or the Z06, outperforming both on the track, obviously, but also, surprisingly, on
On a deserted twisty road, the driver will likely run out of talent before the Corvette runs out of capability. The brakes are strong and fade-free and there's massive grip from the tires.
Corvette's already-awesome handling performance gets tweaked with the optional Magnetic Selective Ride Control suspension that adapts to road surfaces and allows the driver to dial in the preferred setting.
Even in base form the Corvette is an impressively fast, confident sports car. Moving up the range just adds to the capability, both on the road and on the track, though it adds price as well.
The Corvette range includes three V-8 engines in total: a 6.2-liter LS3 in the base and Grand Sport models, rated at 430 horsepower (or 436 with the dual-mode exhaust upgrade); a 7.0-liter LS7 V-8 good for 505 horsepower in the Z06 and 427 Convertible; and a 6.2-liter supercharged LS9 in the ZR1, rated at a massive 638 horsepower.
They're all quick: the base and Grand Sport models get to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds, while the Z06 takes just 3.9 seconds, the ZR1 3.4 seconds, and the 427 Convertible 3.8 seconds.
All Corvette models handle very well, their low height and wide track width making them surprisingly capable in the corners. The Grand Sport offers upgraded handling and braking, with a few track-oriented upgrades as well. The Z06 takes the Corvette to the next level, with a lighter chassis and even more advanced suspension, while the ZR1 is the ultimate Corvette, with all of the Z06's advanced suspension plus its own unique improvements.
Base and Grand Sport Corvettes are available with either six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions, while Z06, ZR1, and 427 Convertible models are manual-only.
Incredible performance and even more impressive value make the 2013 Chevrolet Corvette one of the best buys in the sports car segment.