2010 Chevrolet Corvette

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In 1962, Corvette chief engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov initiated a program to develop a lightweight racer to compete against Carroll Shelby's Cobras on the track. The Grand Sport Corvettes would weigh about 2000 pounds and draw power from a 377-cubic-inch V-8 with aluminum-block-and-head construction. A 1963 General Motors edict to end all racing involvement derailed the plan, but not before a handful of the Grand Sports were built. The prototype Vettes were delivered to private parties, who raced the cars with mixed success until 1967, but plans to homologate the car with a total production run of 125 copies were abandoned.
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Factory Grand Sports finally rolled off a GM assembly line in 1996 to commemorate the retirement of the fourth-generation Corvette. Chevy built a total of 1000 coupes and convertibles featuring the 330-hp LT4 V-8 engine, a six-speed manual transmission, and black ZR-1 wheels. All C4 Grand Sports were dressed in the same outfit: deep blue paint, a fat white stripe, and two red hash marks on the driver's-side fender.
The Grand Sport is back for 2010, again as a coupe or a convertible, only this time there's no team uniform. Cars can be ordered in any of eight colors, and fender hash marks are merely an option, offered in four hues. Buyers looking for the wide stripe down the center will have to turn to the aftermarket.
Mechanically, the Grand Sport model replaces the Z51 package and bridges the gap between the base and Z06 Corvettes. The brakes are cross-drilled and upsized to 14.0 inches at the front and 13.4 inches in the rear, with six- and four-pot clampers, respectively. The suspension is stiffened with a mix of Z06 parts and Grand Sport-specific hardware. Power comes from the same 430-hp LS3 found in base cars, but manual transmissions are geared differently and automatic cars use a shorter final-drive ratio. Coupes equipped with a manual transmission also receive a rear-mounted battery, a dry-sump oil system, and a differential cooler. All stick-shift Corvettes have a launch-control program in 2010 for quick, consistent acceleration performance.
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The Grand Sport's body panels, which are borrowed from the Z06, add the front nostril, rear brake-cooling ducts, and a taller spoiler versus the base car. The Z06's larger fenders also allow for wider wheels and tires. Unless optioned with the hash-mark decals, the Grand Sport's only distinguishing cues are unique wheels, fender badging, and two additional slits incorporated into the fender vents.
We love the Corvette for its balance and capability, and the Grand Sport is no exception. We especially appreciated its tauter suspension and larger brakes when we hammered our way around the Milford Road Course at GM's proving ground. The most appreciable change, though, comes from the wider Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar run-flat rubber. With more stick, the LS3-engined Corvette can now pull more than 1 g in lateral acceleration, according to GM.
There are no plans to limit production this time around. Instead, Chevy will build as many Grand Sports as buyers demand, at a $6000 premium over base models. Chevrolet suspects - as do we - that plenty of people will be clamoring for the Grand Sport's style and hardware.
On Sale: Now
Price: $55,720
Engine: 6.2L V-8, 430 hp, 424 lb-ft
Drive: Rear-wheel
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The Corvette is steeped in heritage. The car's iconic status is so pervasive in Americana, racing, and automotive culture that the Corvette almost seems to have more history than Chevrolet itself. For 2010, Chevrolet is reaching into the Corvette's rich past to introduce a new trim level under the Grand Sport moniker. The Grand Sport name traces back to 1962 when chief engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov began developing a Corvette to beat Carroll Shelby's Cobras on the racetrack. That program was halted after just a handful of cars were built, but in 1996, Chevrolet turned out 1000 Grand Sport Corvettes. The limited-edition coupes and convertibles were built to commemorate the end of fourth-generation Corvette production with 330-horsepower V-8 engines, black ZR-1 wheels, and a unique paint scheme.
The new 2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport is a much different idea than either of those two previous cars. This time, Chevrolet expects the Grand Sport to be a big-volume seller, accounting for up to half of all Corvette sales. Mechanically, the Grand Sport replaces the Z51 package from last year. Over the base Corvette, the Grand Sport adds stiffer springs and dampers, larger anti-roll bars, and bigger brakes. The parts are a mix of Z06 and Grand Sport-specific items, creating a bridge model between the base and Z06 Corvettes. Power comes from the base 430-hp LS3 V-8 and can be routed through either an automatic or manual six-speed transmission. An optional dual-mode exhaust system raises the output to 436-hp and sounds phenomenal during quick acceleration. Chevrolet will offer the Grand Sport in both coupe and convertible body styles.
True performance enthusiasts will be most interested in the manual-transmission coupe. Obviously, that car features greater rigidity than the convertible and a gearbox that leaves full control to the driver, but it also includes a few notable powertrain enhancements. A dry-sump oil system borrowed from the Z06 and ZR1 ensures the engine is lubricated in high-G turns. The battery is also moved to the rear of the car, and a differential cooler allows the Corvette to run harder and longer on the track.
Visually, the Grand Sport receives the subtle tweaks of the Corvette Z06. That means wider fenders, a small air intake on the hood, rear brake cooling ducts, and a taller rear spoiler. The Grand Sport also receives unique wheels, badges, and three (rather than one) vertical cooling slits behind the front wheels. Buyers can also opt for the Heritage package that adds hash mark decals on the front fenders and a two-tone interior treatment.
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Flogging a Corvette Grand Sport around the road course of GM's Milford proving grounds, we came to two conclusions. First, the Grand Sport is - unsurprisingly - very much a Corvette. The Grand Sport retains the same balanced and eager character that makes Corvettes so rewarding to drive hard. Second, the upgrades are perfect for the Corvette driver who pushes his car more than the average owner. With the stiffer suspension and wider tires, the Grand Sport can pull over 1 g in lateral acceleration. That means the ability to carry more speed through turns, while the large brakes do a fine job of reigning in that speed when necessary. The 430 hp is still more than sufficient, even when you're on the track. However, most of these cars will spend the majority of their life cruising public streets, and the Grand Sport also provides the ride and style, that most buyers want.
New for the entire Corvette lineup in 2010 is a launch control feature standard on manual-transmission cars. The system works by cycling to the appropriate stability control mode, shifting to first gear, flooring the throttle, waiting for the rpms to settle, and dropping the clutch as fast as you can. The result is a flawless launch with consistent repeatability. In our testing, we got lucky and beat the launch control program on our first 0-60 mph run in a Corvette ZR1. But our human limits had our times varying by more than half a second while the launch control kept each successive run within a few hundredths of a second.
The Grand Sport's substantial suspension upgrades and the slightly more aggressive face of a Z06 make it a convincing choice among Corvettes. Chevrolet will charge a premium of about $6000 over the base version for the Grand Sport models. That also invokes another Corvette tradition. With the manual coupe starting at $55,720, the Corvette Grand Sport delivers excellent performance at a bargain price.
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2010 Chevrolet Corvette Specifications

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Engine
6.2L V8Engine
Fuel economy City:
16 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
26 MPG
Horsepower:
430 hp @ 5900rpm
Torque:
424 ft lb of torque @ 4600rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
36,000 miles / 36 months
Powertrain
100,000 miles / 60 months
Corrosion
100,000 miles / 72 months
Roadside
100,000 miles / 60 months
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
No Test Planned
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
No Test Planned
NHTSA Rating Front Side
No Test Planned
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
No Test Planned
NHTSA Rating Rollover
No Test Planned
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
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