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2013 Chevrolet Corvette 427: All American Hero! (Originally Aired by Motor Trend)

The 2013 Corvette 427 was the "swan song" of the sixth-generation Chevy Corvette.

“How will we remember the C6? I think of it as a brash and somewhat hairy car on the limit, one that demands total concentration from its driver and spectators alike.  But still, you can’t help admire how it performs and what its capable of, and considering these characteristics, this (Corvette) 427 is a most appropriate sendoff.”   – Carlos Lago, Host of “Ignition” 

The 2013 Chevrolet Corvette 427 was the "swan song" of the sixth-generation Chevy Corvette.
The 2013 Chevrolet Corvette 427 was the “swan song” of the sixth-generation Chevy Corvette.

To commemorate the final year of the sixth-generation (C6) Corvette, General Motors manufactured a unique, high-power 427 Corvette Convertible as their “swan song” to the outgoing model.   This Corvette, which is officially known as the 2013 Chevrolet Corvette 427, was developed to be as capable as the sixth-generation Z06 Corvette, only now you could get a “Z06” in convertible form.  The result of these efforts is the most powerful Corvette convertible ever built (until the introduction of the seventh-generation Corvette Z06 Convertible by Chevrolet just two years later.)

This video, which is actually episode no. 34 (original airdate, “September 24, 2017,) in the web-based automotive review series “Ignition,” (originally produced by Motor Trend), provides a comprehensive and in-depth look at the 2013 Corvette 427.    Host Carlos Lago gets behind the wheel of the 7-liter, 427 cubic-inch LS7 V8 powered Corvette and puts the car thru its paces, acknowledging everything that’s great about the Corvette – its pure, raw power, its incredible acceleration and its uncompromising speed.  He also looks objectively at some of the sixth-generation Corvette’s shortcomings.   All-in-all, this short, eight-minute video is an excellent glimpse into the final iteration of Chevrolet’s beloved C6 Corvette, as well as an excellent “send-off” to bid the outgoing model goodbye as GM prepared to re-tools its Bowling Green, Kentucky GM manufacturing plant for the arrival of the seventh-generation (C7) Corvette.