If you missed your opportunity to nab a limited-edition C4-era Corvette Grand Sport back in 1996 (there were only 1000 examples produced, after all), GM is giving you a second chance to get your hands on one.
GM announced today at the 12th annual C5/C6 Corvette Birthday Bash in Bowling Green, Kentucky that it is reviving the Grand Sport moniker for the 2010 Corvette. The Grand Sport package will replace 2009's Z51 package, offering better performance with wider wheels and tires, revised damper, stabilizer bar and spring specifications, and revised gearing.
The new Grand Sport model will combine the LS3-based powertrain with a Z06 bodykit and other Z06-derived goodies, along with the aforementioned upgrades. The LS3 is good for 430 horsepower and 424 lb-ft of torque with the standard exhaust system, while an optional two-mode exhaust system bumps output to 436 horses and 428 lb-ft of torque. The LS3 can be paired with either a six-speed manual or a Hydra-Matic six-speed automatic.
The Grand Sport will get a Z06-style front splitter and rear spoiler, Z06-sized brakes, unique 18-inch front and 19-inch wheels, functional brake ducts, and requisite Grand Sport badging.
Offered in coupe and convertible body styles, the Grand Sport will offer all of the Corvette's exterior colors. A new Heritage package will reduce exterior color options to four, and add front fender hash marks and two-tone seats with Grand Sport embroidery. The new Grand Sport package can be paired with 1LT, 2LT, 3LT and 4LT trim packages as well.
Pricing, availability and a release date have not been announced yet.