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Old 06-02-2009, 07:41 PM   #1
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Default 2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport pricing revealed

http://www.leftlanenews.com/chevrole...and-sport.html

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A head of the car’s official launch, pricing has been leaked on Chevrolet’s all-new 2010 Corvette Grand Sport. The Grand Sport package — which was last produced in 1996 — combines the Corvette’s LS3-based powertrain with unique, wide-body styling and racing-bred suspension. The model replaces the Z51 package from previous model years.

The car will be offered in both coupe and convertible body styles, with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The LS3 6.2-liter engine is rated at 430 horsepower and 424 pound-feet of torque with the standard exhaust system. An optional two-mode exhaust system elevates the power ratings to 436 hp and 428 lb-ft.

Compared with the Z51 trim level it replaces, the Grand Sport delivers better handling, with wider wheels and tires; revised shock, stabilizer bar and spring specifications; and specific gearing. The equipment enables cornering capability of 1.0 g, as well as a 0.2-second improvement in zero to 60 mph acceleration versus standard LS3-powered models.

Other highlights include 18- and 19-inch wheels, a Z06-style splitter and spoiler, functional brake ducts, and Z06-size brakes, including 14-inch front rotors with six-piston calipers and 13.4-inch rear rotors with four-piston calipers.

All of Corvette’s exterior colors are offered on the Grand Sport, and an available Heritage package adds front fender hash marks offered in four colors, as well as two-tone seats with Grand Sport embroidery. The Grand Sport can be ordered with 1LT, 2LT, 3LT and 4LT trim packages, too.

Pricing for the 2010 Corvette Grand Sport Coupe will start at $55,720, with the convertible version listing from $59,530. Although that pricing represents a $5,360 to $6,205 price premium over the base car, the Grand Sport package is still a relative bargain. Considering the package replaces the $1,695 Z51 option, Grand Sport buyers will only be forking over an extra $3,665 to $4,510 for a new wide-body package, Z06 brakes, an improved suspension and all around better performance.
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Old 06-02-2009, 08:56 PM   #2
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Old 06-02-2009, 11:11 PM   #3
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+1 Wonder if they'll over the paint scheme from the C4 Grand Sport?
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Old 06-02-2009, 11:18 PM   #4
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*Drool* that is really nice. Wow the base vette engine is quickly catching up to the z06's hp rating.
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Old 06-02-2009, 11:32 PM   #5
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Old 06-03-2009, 06:37 AM   #6
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Nice, but how does one now identify a Z06 vs GS from a distance?
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Old 06-03-2009, 07:15 AM   #7
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Nice, but how does one now identify a Z06 vs GS from a distance?
the hood?... GS has the base corvette's hood.
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Old 06-03-2009, 07:15 AM   #8
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the hood?... GS has the base corvette's hood.
Ah - right. Good call.
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Old 06-03-2009, 08:29 AM   #9
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Nice, but how does one now identify a Z06 vs GS from a distance?
Z06 vs. GS badges

... or the rate of acceleration.

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Old 06-03-2009, 11:30 AM   #10
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Z06 vs. GS badges

... or the rate of acceleration.

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They're both a blur to me.
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Old 06-03-2009, 02:50 PM   #11
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Nice, but how does one now identify a Z06 vs GS from a distance?
GS has 3 front brake ducts instead of one, unique widebody, no hood scoop, no Z06 badging, different wheels (I think?) and possibly, has the optional Heritage Grand Sport hash marks. So, should be pretty easy.

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Old 08-21-2009, 07:41 PM   #12
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saw this:

http://jalopnik.com/5341204/2010-cor...yline=true&s=i

as a former '05 Z51 owner - DANG.
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Old 08-22-2009, 12:39 AM   #13
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The LS3 is also revised. Different stronger bearings, forged steel crank versus iron, and the aforementioned dry-sump oiling. It's HAND BUILT along the LS7 and LS9.

If I could afford a Vette, this would be the one I'd get.
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Old 08-22-2009, 07:56 PM   #14
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GS has 3 front brake ducts instead of one, unique widebody, no hood scoop, no Z06 badging, different wheels (I think?) and possibly, has the optional Heritage Grand Sport hash marks. So, should be pretty easy.
The GS has the Z06 hood scoop.
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Old 08-22-2009, 09:13 PM   #15
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I think the wheels detract from its overall awesomeness.
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Old 08-22-2009, 09:59 PM   #16
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^for the lazy.

looks like fender stripes are optional, and the side vents are larger.
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Old 08-24-2009, 01:59 PM   #17
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A wide-body, C6 ragtop sounds like an extremely enjoyable second car to me.
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Old 08-24-2009, 06:38 PM   #18
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Wow. Great Job Gm!!!!!!!
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Old 05-25-2010, 08:30 AM   #19
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The 2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport revives a familiar name - but delivers some serious performance numbers




The interior is a bit weak, especially the seats, on the 2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport.

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There was a look of disappointment in the eyes of the radar cop as we drove by, a wee bit below the speed limit. Seeing us coming, with the ticket-me-red paint job and the white racing stripes on the front fender he was certain we were going to help him meet the day’s quota.

To be honest, it isn’t easy to hold the 2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport under the speed limit. Heck, it’d be hard to slow down if we were living along the German Autobahn.

Think of the GS as a sort of hybrid. It starts out with the same steel chassis as the “base” Corvette, but the crossed-flag emblem is your first hint that there are some other significant changes in store. Indeed, if you pulled out your tape measure you’d notice the dimensions are decidedly different. The Grand Sport shares most of those with the high-performance Z06 model, including the gill slits and taller rear spoiler.

There are plenty of poseurs on the market, models that attach the word, “sport” to their name but offer little more than cosmetic enhancements. Not so the Corvette Grand Sport. And the changes do more than just enhance aerodynamics.

There are the oversized wheels, shared with the Z06, as well as the more expensive model’s cross-drilled brakes, measuring 14-inches up front and 13.4-inchers in the rear. They deliver real stopping power.


An LS3 by name only, the Grand Sport's V8 delivers far more muscle than the base Corvette.

And you need that. The big news is the big LS3 V8. Yes, that’s the same designation as a standard-issue 2010 Chevrolet Corvette, but Chevy engineers have made some significant enhancements on the Grand Sport, including a forged steel crankshaft designed to handle higher loads.

Offered with the 6-speed manual gearbox only, buyers also get an enhanced oil system that is actually built by hand.
The Grand Sport also features enhanced anti-lock braking, traction and stability control systems, as well as Launch Control, which is designed to ensure maximum take-off speeds with minimal tire-spinning.

(What’s particular nice is that this feature is considered a functional part of the package. Some of the other makers who have offered this technology have taken a use-it-you-lose-it approach, which means that engaging launch control permanently disengages your warranty.)

Sure, you’ll “only” get 430 horsepower, compared with 505 for the Z06, and 638 hp for the ultimate Corvette, the ZR1. But the Grand Sport’s performance numbers make it difficult for anyone but the most serious performance hound to justify the price premium – for $55,720, the GS will launch from 0 to 60 in just about 3.9 seconds, compared to about 3.5 seconds for the $107,830 ZR1.


Under the skin is a base Corvette chassis, but the Z06 body delivers both cosmetic and performance enhancements.

(The entry price of the standard-issue 2010 Chevrolet Corvette is $49,880.

As for fuel economy, anticipate 16 mpg in the City – and probably well under 10 if you’ve got the right place to really push the GS to its limits. On the highway, however, the Corvette Grand Sport turns in a respectable 26 mpg.

For open-air fans, the good news is that the Grand Sport is available in both coupe and convertible body styles, though we only had the opportunity to test the hard top model. That said, on concrete pavement we could have sworn the top was down, the road noise was so loud.

As with all Corvettes, the seating is, ahem, sporty, and not for everyone. We’re hoping Chevrolet listens to the drumbeat of complaints and opts for a better seat design in the not-too-distant future. Yoga lessons certainly help in ingress and egress.

Our only other complaint concerns the interior layout. It’s definitely not a $55,000 cabin. But we’ll accept a bit of money-saving on the plastic to get the high-value package squeezed under the hood of the 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport.



With 0 to 60 times of around 3.9 seconds, the 2010 Corvette Grand Sport is less than a half second slower than the "ultimate" Corvette, the ZR1 - and half the price.

With the (at least temporary) demise of the Dodge Viper, the Chevrolet Corvette is the last of the American sports cars. The launch of the sixth-generation Vette, several years ago, transformed the often over-hyped 2-seater into a true, world-class performer. Now, for a relatively modest premium, Chevy has one-upped itself. Anyone looking to Europe for a real performance machine would be foolish not to take a look a little closer to home
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Wow, that's a great car for the price! Not up my alley, but I can definitely appreciate the value thrown in there.
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Old 05-26-2010, 03:17 PM   #21
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Keep in mind you can probably knock $7k to $10k off a few months after it comes out. Be a shopper in this market.
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Old 05-26-2010, 03:22 PM   #22
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Ya, after careful study between a Lotus Exige S, Corvette GS, and M3 Coupe, if things improve drastically for me later this year - which there is a chance they will - I hope to get the GS to compliment my STI.

Hopefully, it will happen, need some things to fall into place first.

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Old 05-26-2010, 03:27 PM   #23
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If you like the ZR1 Vette you should check out the new HPE650 Camaro. Crazy nutzo american muscle is back in full swing. Just saw one today in my works parking garrage. Thing looks intimidating!
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Old 05-26-2010, 04:29 PM   #24
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Yeah, but the HPE650 still slow because of the weight.

A friend of mine with a '08 C6 coupe looked at moving up to the GS. After doing some research, the standard C6 is faster in a straight line than the GS. I assume it's due to lower rolling resistance, lighter weight, and the non-flared body. Anyways, he kept the '08.

Personally, I think that the GS is a great option for someone who likes the widebody, but wants the top to come off (coupe or convertible).

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Old 05-26-2010, 08:33 PM   #25
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Stock 0-60 in 3.96 and 1/4 mi in 12.2 for the GS 6MT.

My Father's new one:
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...ht=grand+sport

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