2013 Chevrolet Corvette Performance
This performance review was written when the 2013 Chevrolet Corvette was new.
The Chevrolet Corvette has been a reviewer favorite in terms of performance for some time, and the 2013 model is no different. Reviewers are pleased that Chevrolet expanded the model line with the 427 convertible this year, which adds many of the Z06’s performance components to the drop-top body. Different reviewers have slightly different opinions on which model is the most fun or has the most usable power, but the consensus is that the Corvette as a whole is a great-performing car that is also comfortable and easy to live with on a daily basis.
- "The 2013 Chevrolet Corvette is a genuine driver's car." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Nor does this hamper drivability, as all Corvette models are agreeable and comfortable to drive around town." -- Edmunds
- "Not surprisingly, all that Z06 equipment makes the 427 drive a lot like the Z06." -- Car and Driver
- "Despite being down a couple of hundred horsepower, we found the Grand Sport Coupe slightly more enjoyable than the ZR1 on public roads - its power is simply more useable." -- Autoblog
Acceleration and Power
Awesome power and fast acceleration are the Corvette’s reason for being, and reviewers are impressed with the power from every model. The base Corvette coupe and convertible, as well as Grand Sport models, come with a 6.2-liter V8 that produces 430 horsepower and 424 pound-feet of torque. An optional dual-mode exhaust raises output to 436 horsepower and 428 pound-feet of torque. Z06 and 427 models come with a 7.0-liter V8 with 505 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. The most powerful variant, the ZR1, has a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that produces 638 horsepower and 604 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on all models, while those with the base 6.2-liter V8 are available with an automatic transmission as well.
Reviewers say that the Corvette’s engines have a linear and relentless power delivery. Reviewers note that the high-performance models are especially fast, with acceleration times that place them into the ranks of cars that often cost significantly more money. Reviewers are generally pleased with the Corvette’s transmissions as well. Most like the manual, though one says the base and Z06’s shifter throws are a bit heavy-feeling.
For a car with this much power on tap, the 2013 Corvette is fairly fuel-efficient for the class. The base model achieves an EPA-estimated 16/26 mpg city/highway, while Z06 and ZR1 models have lower estimates, which is to be expected.
- "The LS7's 505 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque seem to manifest at every point in the rev range, and the LS7 slings the 427 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and through the quarter in 12.2. A quarter-mile that quick places any car in elite company, but it puts the 427 on an even shorter list of convertibles. As does its 182-mph top speed." -- Car and Driver
- "Base Corvettes are plenty quick by any measure, with strong power from a stop and during highway passing and merging. Z06 is more explosive still. … The manual transmission is generally smooth, but on the Base and Z06, it sometimes has a heavy, notchy feel. The automatic shifts smoothly, but downshifts often require a deep stab of the throttle. Manual shifting via the steering-wheel paddles helps. For all its power, ZR1 is quite easy to drive, even in heavy traffic, as its shift action is the smoothest of any Corvette." -- Consumer Guide
- "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." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The base car is extremely fast: the Z06, terrifyingly so. As for the ZR1, any car whose speed at the end of the quarter-mile approaches 130 mph is just in a different league." -- Edmunds
Handling and Braking
Reviewers are very pleased with the Corvette’s handling abilities. They say that handling and ride comfort are both very good, even on higher-performance models, which have firmer suspensions for more aggressive driving. Reviewers like the Corvette’s optional Magnetic Selective Ride Control, which optimizes the suspension and other performance components for sporty or more sedate driving, depending on driver preference. While some reviewers say the steering could be a bit more communicative on the lower models, upper models offer the driver more steering feedback. Nearly all critics say the Corvette’s brakes do a terrific job of stopping the car quickly.
Cross-drilled or carbon ceramic disc brakes are optional, depending on the model. The well-liked Magnetic Selective Ride Control is standard on ZR1 and 427 models, and optional on all others.
- "With the Z06's brakes also aboard, the 427 stops as if it were grabbing an arresting cable. The 427 screeched from 70 mph to a standstill in 144 feet, two shorter than the last Z06 we tested." -- Car and Driver
- "We could more easily put our foot to the floor coming out of the corners without worrying about kissing a guardrail or an immobile tree. The steering is razor-sharp, and the brakes and suspension were easily up to everything we could throw at them." -- Autoblog
- "Thanks to a host of high-tech electronic performance enhancements, the C6 Corvette rounds corners and responds quicker than any previous Corvette." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Compared to a car like the Porsche 911, the Corvette's steering can indeed seem a bit deficient in terms of communication. Thanks to upgraded suspensions and tires, though, the ZR1 and Z06 (with the Ultimate Performance package) are noticeably better in this regard." -- Edmunds
- "Base models with the standard suspension ride surprisingly well, with a solid blend of comfort and firm control. Convertibles have impressively little structural shake and body quiver. Grand Sport is never smooth, but it's never punishing either. Z06 rides similarly. ZR1 has slightly better control over pavement cracks, owing to its Magnetic Ride Control suspension." -- Consumer Guide