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Old 04-24-2009, 02:00 AM   #1
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Chevy is bringing back the Corvette Grand Sport, and unlike the one offered at the end of the C4's run in the mid-Nineties, this one sports a long list of performance upgrades that would make even Zora Arkus-Duntov proud. Rather than treating this revival as a special model with a limited run, Chevy has decided to ditch the Z51 package entirely and offer the Grand Sport that pushes the standard Vette's performance even closer to that of the Z06.

While the 430-hp (436-hp with the two-mode exhaust) LS3 V8 remains unchanged, wider front and rear fenders allow for 18- (front) and 19-inch (rear) wheels that are also wider than before. Larger brakes are included and the special suspension tuning is now even closer to that of the Z06. You'll also notice other Z06 elements like the front splitter, rear spoiler and functional brake ducts behind the doors. Unlike the Z06, you can order a Grand Sport with a manual transmission or the Vette's six-speed automatic with paddle shifters. If you're a true track hound, though, go with the manual that also comes with a dry-sump oil system, differential cooler and rear-mounted battery.

Though available as a convertible, coupe models also feature a removable roof. The Grand Sport can also be had in all four Corvette trim levels (1LT, 2LT, 3LT and 4LT) and any standard Corvette color, and a special heritage package gives a nod to the past by adding a pair of hash marks to the front fenders. The new Grand Sport is being announced at the 12th annual C5/C6 Corvette Birthday Bash at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky as we speak and pricing has yet to be announced, so stay tuned.
Source: http://www.autoblog.com/2009/04/24/c...urns-for-2010/

I'll take a base manual hard top Grand Sport with the dry sump LS3 please.
Hell, I'd probably take one over the Z06.
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Old 04-24-2009, 02:01 AM   #2
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Dammit search failed me.
*runs back to OT
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Old 04-24-2009, 02:13 AM   #3
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Old 04-24-2009, 06:41 PM   #4
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So it's a Z51 pack, with some Z06 styling (and some sweet stripes) as a unique model?

Better than that stoopid stripey crap $7k package they've recently peddled.
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Old 04-24-2009, 06:47 PM   #5
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Mmm sexy. May have to trade up the 01 for that.
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Old 04-24-2009, 07:25 PM   #6
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I'll take a base manual hard top Grand Sport with the dry sump LS3 please.
Hell, I'd probably take one over the Z06.
Read my mind.
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Old 04-25-2009, 04:57 PM   #7
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I'll take a base manual hard top Grand Sport with the dry sump LS3 please. Hell, I'd probably take one over the Z06.
Depending on price, that'd be my pick too.
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Old 04-24-2009, 07:27 PM   #8
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i like it.... esp the removable roof
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Old 04-24-2009, 07:56 PM   #9
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Aren't they supposed to be going bankrupt - don't think another version of their halo car is going to save them - some bread and butter vehicles would though.
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Old 04-24-2009, 08:21 PM   #10
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Aren't they supposed to be going bankrupt - don't think another version of their halo car is going to save them - some bread and butter vehicles would though.


When the bankruptcy goes through, Chevy/Buick/Caddy/GMC should all come out of it better off. An improved Z51 model hardly hurts anything.
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Old 04-24-2009, 08:38 PM   #11
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Aren't they supposed to be going bankrupt - don't think another version of their halo car is going to save them - some bread and butter vehicles would though.
You're confusing bankrupt with closing up shop.
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Old 04-25-2009, 02:37 PM   #12
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Aren't they supposed to be going bankrupt - don't think another version of their halo car is going to save them - some bread and butter vehicles would though.
This has likely been in the pipeline for some time as special editions get added as a car ages, especially in sport cars. I'm sure this didn't take any real $$ to put together.
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Old 04-25-2009, 02:53 PM   #13
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The wheels look like they belong on a mazda6.

They should hire BMW wheel designers. 95% of BMW have wheels that just look good on the car.
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Old 04-26-2009, 02:08 PM   #14
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I'd like to see more it first.
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Damn Give me that track hound Addition...
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