In a week packed with exciting world debuts and hybrid supercar concepts coming out of the North American International Auto Show, it may be the newest Corvette convertible that draws the most attention. Chevrolet is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Corvette with the release of a special collector’s edition convertible Corvette.


Although the Mother Nature Network typically covers eco-friendly cars, don’t expect anything but pure gas-guzzling power out of the Corvette 427 Convertible Collector Edition. The new Vette is equipped with a 427-cubic-inch, 7.0-liter engine capable of producing 505 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. This is the most powerful engine ever offered in a production trim convertible Corvette.


The convertible Vette is equipped with several carbon-fiber features to reduce the overall weight of the vehicle. Carbon-fiber components include a raised hood, Z06-style fenders and carbon fiber floor panels. The curb weight of the 427 convertible is 3,355 pounds. A translation for the gear heads out there – this is equal to one horsepower to every 6.64 pounds of vehicle mass.


For comparison’s sake, this is better than the power-to-weight ratio of the Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet, the Audi R8 5.2 RSI Spyder and the Ferrari California Convertible. All of this equates to a 0-60 mph time of 3.8 seconds and a 11.8 second quarter-mile out of a stock production car.


Scottsdale, Arizona’s Barrett Jackson collector car auction will be the home of the public debut of the Corvette 427 Convertible Collector Edition. The vehicle will be on display on January 21, 2012 when it goes up for auction to the highest bidder. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Drive to End Hunger food relief program.


Corvette lovers that want to get their hands on the powerful convertible will have to wait until early summer when the vehicle will be available at Chevy dealerships nationwide.