Many nice features in spe­cial edi­tion


Austin American-Statesman - - BUSINESS REVIEW - Con­tin­ued from D Fol­lowjimmy Dins­more on Twit­ter: @wheelsed­i­tor

liter V-8 en­gine. Even at idle, driver and pas­sen­ger feel the vi­bra­tion of 436 horses wait­ing to run.

And run they will, to the tune of 0-60 in about 4 sec­onds. I of­fered up rides to many co-work­ers al­most like a ride at an amuse­ment park — and just as fun, too.

A wide, blue stripe (part of the 60th an­niver­sary package) ran up the mid­dle of the hood of my arc­tic white tester, with a sub­tle stripe over the cloth top car­ry­ing down the back.

Let the top down, climb in and see many spe­cial touch­points in­side. In ad­di­tion to the afore­men­tioned 60th an­niver­sary badg­ing, di­a­mond blue leather seats com­fort the driver and the pas­sen­ger. Firm, yet sup­port­ive, the seats help your body blend into the ma­chine.

A Bose pre­mium au­dio sys­tem was part of an ad­di­tional package but really helped crank up the sound while the top was down.

As is ex­pected of the Corvette and its low pro­file, you do “feel” the road, although ad­mit­tedly not as badly thanks to a mag­netic se­lec­tive ride con­trol, which helped de­fer some of the road feel. It did not take away from the Corvette driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in the least.

The ’Vette has a fuel econ­omy rat­ing of 15 city and 25 high­way. In a week’s worth of heavy-footed driv­ing, I av­er­aged about 17 mpg. But hon­estly, it’s a Corvette, so what does it mat­ter how many times you have to re­fuel? You will look good while do­ing it any­way.

The start­ing price of the con­vert­ible is $59,600. There is also a coupe edi­tion. With sev­eral ex­tra pack­ages, in­clud­ing the 60th an­niver­sary package and the pre­mium equip­ment package, my tester had a fi­nal price of $78,485.

I’ve driven more ex­pen­sive ve­hi­cles than this. I’ve even driven faster cars. But I will cer­tainly re­mem­ber the 2013 Corvette Grand Sport Con­vert­ible for a long time. I guess that’s what’s made the ’Vette en­dure for 60 years. tree limbs. So it’s eas­ier for him to main­tain a steady speed with­out the dis­trac­tions.

Ray: So if you’re con­vinced that he’s cog­ni­tively OK — and it sounds like he is, from the work he’s do­ing — and you’re con­vinced that he’s not do­ing this just to drive you crazy, then you want to make sure his eye­sight and hear­ing are where they should be.

Tom: If he passes those tests, then he’s just en­ter­ing geezer­dom. Sorry, Gayle — it hap­pens to all of us! Or at least those lucky enough to make it that far. In which case, you have two choices.

Ray: One is to take up med­i­ta­tion. That’ll help you learn to ac­cept life at his new speed. The other is to do the driv­ing your­self when you go out to­gether.

Tom: Maybe you can sell him on the fact that he’ll be freer to en­joy his sur­round­ings since you’ll be watch­ing the road.

Ray: Right. That way, he can take note of the bushes that bloom twice.

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