One of the highlights of the NCM Bash at the Corvette Museum is annual seminar that recaps the current production year and then showcases the changes for new model year. At the “What’s New for 2013 Corvette” Seminar presented to a standing room only crowd in the Chevrolet Theater on Saturday morning, Team Corvette Members Tadge Juechter, Harlan Charles, Kirk Bennion and Craig Sass went through their areas of expertise and then opened up the forum for questions. Watch the complete 1-hour seminar after the jump.
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While most of the information on the new 2013 Corvette has been out for a while, there were a few things we did learn or were clarified from watching this seminar.
The 60th Anniversary package is available on all models, but you have to go with the 4LT trim package on Coupes, Convertibles and Grand Sports to get it. Z06 and ZR1 buyers will need to select the 3LZ and 3ZR options group. If you’ve seen the special 60th Anniversary badges on the side of the Corvettes, those badges only appear on the 427 Convertible with the 60th Anniversary Package. All 2013 Corvettes will have a special 60th Anniversary crossflags badges, 60th Anniversary Sill Plates and the 60th graphics in the gauge cluster.
The RP0 for the 60th Anniversary package is called Z25. The graphics package with the full-body stripe is RPO Z30.
The 427 Convertible is a separate model with its own unique VIN sequence. It will be available in 2LT, 3LT and 4LT trim levels. There is a special Heritage Package for the 427s called RPO Z27 which ads the hood dome stripes and 427 logo floor mats.
Harlan talked pricing which up to this point hasn’t officially been released. We mentioned on Friday that he said the MSRP of the 2013 427 Convertible Edition will start at $75,925 with a fully-loaded example just north of $90,000. According to Harlan, the pricing for the other models will remain the same as the 2012 models. Those prices* are:
- Coupe – $49,600
- Convertible – $54,600
- Grand Sport Coupe – $56,000
- Grand Sport Convertible – $59,600
- Z06 – $75,600
- 427 Convertible – $75,925
- ZR1 – $111,600
* Pricing doesn’t include the $925 delivery charge.
The new 2013 Corvette will enter full production this week with customers getting their Corvettes in June. The 2013 model year production will be shortened due to getting the plant ready for next year’s 2014 C7 Corvette so if you’re interested in ordering one of the new 2013 Corvettes, you should probably get with your Corvette dealer sooner rather than later.
Also, Team Corvette members mentioned several times that 2013 will be the “last year of the ZR1” albeit in C6 form. While the C7 is due to debut in 2013 as a 2014 model, rumor is that the high-performance ZR1 and Z06 models for the C7 may not come for some time, so if you’re looking to own the ultimate in Corvette performance, you should probably get on that as well!
We’ve got a ton of more videos to share from the weekend’s events so stay tuned to CorvetteBlogger as we try to share all the important events and happenings from the 2012 NCM Bash.
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