Tommy Milner Helps Introduce the Fastest, Most-Capable Convertible in Corvette’s History

The all-new 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible – the fastest, most-capable convertible in the history of Corvettes. Need I say more? Not really… but I’m going to anyway. With combined technology found in both the Z06 and ZR1 including carbon fiber elements and the handcrafted 7.0 LS7 small block engine with the Corvette convertible experience, this beauty is truly the first and only of its kind. Let’s break down a few of it’s remarkable qualities and hear from none other than the 2011 24-Hours of Le Mans Class Winner, Tommy Milner. I’ll be the first to admit that I can’t quit watching these videos… let’s start off with an overall introduction.

Amazing, isn’t it? Now let’s delve a little more into the 427’s performance straight from Chevy:

Power

Calling back legends of the big block 427 convertibles of the mid 1960s, the 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible brings the supercar performance to the “top down” experience. That’s 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds, a top speed of 190 mph on the test track and 505 horsepower with the wind in your hair. Remember to breathe. At the heart of 427 Convertible is the 7.0-liter (427 ci) LS7 aluminum-block V8, handcrafted by our own skilled engine craftsmen at the GM Performance Build Center where owners are invited to play a part with the optional Corvette Engine Build Experience.

The engine incorporates lightweight titanium intake valves and connecting rods and contains a high-performance dry-sump oil system, which distributes pressurized oil to protect vital components under high-g driving conditions. It’s track-ready power tucked within the classic Corvette convertible body for the first time in 60 years.

Handling

Everything on the 427 Convertible works together to create stability during high-speed handling. The optional Carbon Fiber front splitter and side rockers from the ZR1 and Z06 help reduce lift, which helps keep the 427 grounded while maneuvering at high speeds. Standard Magnetic Selective Ride Control™, which provides increased wheel control by dramatically reducing heave, pitch and roll even on the roughest of roads or during difficult maneuvers at high speeds. Then there’s its optimized suspension, which was fully enhanced with a unique calibration specifically for the 427 Convertible. Consider all of that with launch control, standard with the short-throw 6-speed manual gearbox, which modulates engine rpm to lay the power down smoothly while providing consistent acceleration times on the track. All of this together means refined control no matter if you’re on a track or on the highway.

 

 What do you think, Dallas Ft Worth? Are we ready for this beauty to hit the metroplex’s roads? I know I sure am. I’ll leave you with one more video in the meantime. Enjoy and stay tuned to Classic Chevrolet for the latest on the 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible.

 

 

[Source: Chevrolet]
Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.