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The Grand Sport replaces the Z51 in the model lineup as the highest-performing "base" car, but it also allows folks to enjoy the killer wide-body stance and presence of a Z06 in a less extreme package that permits open-air motoring in either the removable-roof hatchback or convertible bodystyles.
Whether cruising to the country club or to Key West to park in front of Sloppy Joe's, the Z06 will get you noticed. Corvettes -- all Corvettes -- are distinctive, iconic and easily recognizable.
Low-slung and wide, the Corvette sports swoopy exterior styling and bulging front fenders.
Unlike the original 1963 race spec Grand Sport or the 1996 limited run GS, this one has matching stripes on driver and passenger side — a little spit in the eye of tradition, but unless you're a stickler, it's pretty neat, especially when you notice the Corvette crossed-flags emblem in the corner of the leading stripe.
Those who can look past the interior won't have any real complaints with the car though. Cars that are faster, handle better, or offer more refinement cost so much more than a Corvette that you really start to wonder how much interior refinement is worth
With three different body types and a total of five variants, the 2013 Chevrolet Corvette offers a strong sports car proposition to a wide range of buyers.
A new 427 Convertible joins the 2013 Chevy Corvette range, but the rest of the line carries forward essentially unchanged. A new 60th Anniversary package is the only addition, bringing with it special badges and plaques to mark the 60th year of the Corvette.
Both base model Corvettes (Coupe and Convertible) offer the same iconic styling aside from their different tops: flared fenders; a strong, low-slung stance; a long hood; and the iconic essence of Corvette. The Z06, ZR1, Grand Sport, and 427 Convertible models all get slightly more dramatic takes on the body work, with more aggressively flared fenders and vinyl graphics packages available.
Inside, the Corvette is a simple affair, with muted colors and smooth surfaces--perhaps too simple, and too plain, especially in the plastic-heavy standard trim. The optional leather upgrade package provides a much-needed quality boost, improving the look as well, though the Corvette still falls short of luxury status.
The ZR1, which sits at the pinnacle of the Corvette range, adds even more aggressive exterior details, plus a see-through hood panel that gives a glimpse of the supercharged LS9 V-8. Inside, the ZR1 gets unique badging and the best interior options available in the Corvette range.
The dated interior still can't take away the Corvette's iconic flair, especially with the new 427 Convertible and 60th Anniversary package available.