By KBB.com Editors
KBB Expert Rating: 7.7
The 2013 Chevrolet Corvette is more than just a performance coupe; it's an icon of American automotive engineering and a legend to countless generations. Entering its 60th year in production, the Corvette continues to obliterate its competitors both foreign and domestic by offering up the best horsepower-to-dollar ratio of any 2-seat sports car. Whether it's the base Coupe that offers an impressive 430-horsepower V8 or the awe-inspiring ZR1 with its 638-horsepower supercharged engine, there is a Corvette to fit just about every need and budget. Not as light or agile as a Porsche 911, the Corvette nonetheless is pure driver's car with excellent cornering, blistering speed and undeniable good looks.
Whether you've dreamed of a Corvette ever since you were old enough to see over the steering wheel, or you just desire a bona fide performance car that doesn't require a millionaire's checkbook to purchase, the 2013 Chevrolet Corvette won't steer you wrong.
Those who have grown up with the highly polished interiors of Porsche, Audi and BMW performance cars will likely find the Corvette's interior a bit too rudimentary, with too much plastic and a rather snug set of seats.
To celebrate the Corvette's 60th anniversary and the final year for this production C6 car, Chevy is offering a number of unique options including a 60th Anniversary Design Package, black-painted aluminum wheels and a special 427 Convertible Collector Edition complete with 7.0-liter V8, Magnetic Ride Control and carbon-fiber hood, fenders and floor.
Driving Impressions The 2013 Chevrolet Corvette is a genuine driver's car. Thanks to a host of high-tech electronic performance enhancements, the C6 Corvette rounds corners and responds quicker than any previous Corvette....The 6.2-liter V8 engine is never short on power, requiring only a slight tap of the accelerator to release its fury. You don't need to have muscle to handle this muscle car because the 2013 Chevy Corvette coupe's power-assisted steering turns with little effort yet returns excellent on-center feel and guidance. All three of the suspension packages – a base system, Magnetic Ride Control and the Z07 Performance package – are designed to satisfy a wide range of driving styles, from the casual weekend cruiser to the hard-core track enthusiast. In the sport mode the Corvette grabs the pavement with tenacity, and in touring mode it soaks up road harshness like a large luxury sedan.
Chevrolet's latest short-throw 6-speed manual transmission makes the shifter in past Corvette models feel like something pulled out of a 1966 Chevy pickup.
KEYLESS ACCESS WITH PUSH-BUTTON START
Keep your keys in your purse or pocket. When you approach the car, you simply reach for a touch-panel in the door handle and the vehicle starts up with the press of a button.
While we are certain that the 2013 Chevrolet Corvette can compete on almost any racetrack with almost any competitor, its interior does not compete as well. It's not a horrible interior, but it does speak to the Corvette's Chevrolet roots. A handsome Custom Leather-Wrapped Interior Package (part of the 4LT Package) is well worth the extra cost, adding a dash of elegance to Chevrolet's road warrior. The newly designed front seats add additional side support and remain fairly comfortable even on long drives. One must remember, however, that this is a V8-powered performance car, so don't expect Lexus-like quiet in the cabin.Exterior
The 2013 Chevrolet Corvette coupe is unlike any Corvette before it, yet it retains a familiar look. The Corvette Grand Sport model borrows many of the design elements from the Corvette Z06, creating a thrilling-looking coupe for around $55,000. A traditional feature that is standard on the Corvette coupe is the removable body-colored roof panel, which is also available in tinted glass. There is even a package that offers one of each. The ultimate in Corvette design is the Corvette ZR1, a super-car edition that adds its own unique body panels, and a combination of 19-inch front wheels and 20-inch rears, among other features.
The 2013 Chevrolet Corvette coupe features a 430-horsepower, 6.2-liter V8 engine, 6-speed manual transmission, traction control, limited-slip rear differential, xenon headlights, color-keyed removable roof panel, dual-zone air conditioning, keyless access with push-button starter, leather seats and 18- and 19-inch front and rear alloy wheels, respectively. The Corvette Grand Sport adds wider fenders, special wheels and styling cues from the Z06. The Z06 adds a race-inspired 505-horsepower, 7.0-liter V8, revised front end, wider rear fenders, 18-inch front and 19-inch rear 10-spoke wheels and a track-inspired suspension. The ZR1 brings a 638-horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter V8 and a 205-mph top speed.
Options include a paddle-shift 6-speed automatic transmission, Head-Up Display (HUD), Bose audio, navigation, power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, Magnetic Selective Ride Control, dual-mode exhaust system, transparent roof panels and polished alloy wheels. The Corvette Z06 offers a number of performance enhancement options including the Z07 Performance Package that adds Brembo ceramic brakes, Magnetic Ride Control, larger Michelin Pilot Sport Cup Zero Pressure track-ready tires, Performance Traction Management and 20-spoke wheels (19-inch front and 20-inch rear). The CFZ Carbon Fiber Package includes a black carbon-fiber splitter and a ZR1-style full-width rear spoiler.
Although there is no denying the pleasure a 430-horsepower (436 horsepower with the optional dual-mode exhaust) V8 delivers, the 2013 Chevrolet Corvette has a certain lack of refinement. The 6.2-liter LS3 small-block V8 feels gruff at idle and roars loudly when pressed into action. It's a purely American feel that instantly takes one back to the late 1960s' muscle-car era. Porsche and Jaguar lovers will probably never like this engine, but they can't easily overlook its tremendous performance potential, either. The Z06's 7.0-liter V8 pushes the level of performance and refinement into the realm of the European supercars. The Corvette ZR1's supercharger allows its 6.2-liter V8 to produce an incredible 638 horsepower and 604 lb-ft of torque.
430/436* horsepower @ 5,900 rpm
424/428* lb-ft of torque @ 4,600 rpm
* with optional exhaust
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/26 mpg (manual), 15/25 mpg (automatic)
505 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm
470 lb-ft of torque @ 4,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/24 mpg
6.2-liter supercharged V8
638 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
604 lb-ft of torque @ 3,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/21 mpg
By ProfEngineer on Monday, September 29, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Love to drive in hill country, fun to drive"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Purchased car new in 2005, never raced or abused. Shored in garage under cover. Mileage from vacation trips and to car shows. Car has been kept in competition condition. After trips totally cleaned from under to top. Color Daytona Sunset, only 7400 made in this color 2005-2006."
4 people out of 9 found this review helpful
By smoothie on Saturday, September 20, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "FUN-FUN and more FUN"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Never been on a track But, This vette will do close to 100mph in the 1/8. SCARY for an ole man! lol. I would love to have a newer version with AWD."
3 people out of 7 found this review helpful
By Stevie Ray on Thursday, September 18, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,200overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "A real blast to drive,"
Cons: "Too loud inside, and it truly rides like a sports"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"At 56 I have no business owning a Corvette, after 15 months of ownership I am done... Too loud inside, cannot carry on a conversation. Road noise is extremely loud and after owning this can I will take a hosing when I sell it but I realize now that I should have bought a Lexus or Infinity Sedan... More my speed! I am a workaholic and the Vette was too much effort to own. Think long and hard before buying!"
9 people out of 13 found this review helpful
By DDDDana on Saturday, September 06, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 48,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "21 MPG targa top like convertible but feels safer."
Cons: "I cannot think of one thing I'm missing"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"So much fun. Dream car. Drives well. Zero to 60 in 4.3. 400Hp. Run flat titles, no place for a spare. Ride in one. Drive one. Become obsessed as only corvette owners are."
12 people out of 22 found this review helpful
By Jabo on Saturday, August 30, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Fun to drive, great stereo,head turner"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Third vette I have owned,by far my favorite.Plenty of power,world class handling and good gas mileage for a car with 450 HP.I have about 12,000 miles on it with no issues at all.Definetly the most bang for your buck!"
1 person out of 3 found this review helpful
By Kingtigermp on Saturday, August 30, 2014
I owned and sold this car
Reason: Traded for 2014 Corvette Z51 convertible
Pros: "Fun to drive, a great looker and intimidating."
Cons: "Horrendous depreciation, cramped cabin."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"I bought this car for sticker price in December of 2006 at the dealer. The depreciation was horrendous. The car performed flawlessly every time I used it and it got 27 MPG on a highway trip to Florida from Nashville. I traded it only because of the reviews of the new C7 Corvette. I did not like the charge to refresh the navigation system with a new CD. For this much money, GM should have given it to me. A seriously quick car off the line and just a bit uncomfortable on a long trip. It never gave me any problem and I got less than half of what I paid though, when I traded it with only 3,800 miles on it, but it was seven model years old. I should have bought mine used and had a lot of cash left over."
5 people out of 5 found this review helpful