Driven: 2012 Chevrolet Corvette

2012 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport

Base price (with destination): $56,900
Price as tested: $71,980

Standard Equipment:
6.2-liter V-8 engine
6-speed manual transmission
Speed-sensitive, variable-ratio power steering
Active handling
Run-flat tires
Power windows
Power door locks w/remote and passive entry
Push-button start
Power mirrors
6-way power driver's seat
Leather-trimmed seats
Removable roof panel
OnStar w/6 mos. Directions + connections, automatic crash response, and turn-by-turn navigation
Theft-deterrent system
AM/FM/XM/CD audio system w/input jack and 7 speakers
Dual-zone automatic climate control
Tilt steering wheel
HID headlamps
Cruise control
Carpeted floor mats
Grand Sport silver painted aluminum wheels
Fog lamps
Functional brake ducts
18 x 9.5" front, 19 x 12" rear wheels
Z06-style front splitter and rear spoiler
14" front brake rotors w/6-piston calipers, 13.4" rear rotors w/4-piston calipers

Options on this vehicle:
4LT premium equipment group - $9495
Memory package
Sport seats, power bolster + power lumbar
Luggage shade and parcel net
Custom leather-wrapped interior package
Heated front seats
Telescoping steering column
Navigation system
Bose premium audio system w/9 speakers
Additional 9 months of XM radio
Universal home remote
Bluetooth for phone
Head-up display
Grand Sport heritage package - $1195
Logo seat headrest embroidery
Fender stripe hash mark design
Magnetic selective ride control - $1695
Dual-mode exhaust - $1195
Performance brake calipers, red - $595
Competition gray aluminum wheels - $395
Custom leather stitching, red - $395
Battery protection package - $100
Front license plate bracket - $15

Key options not on vehicle:

Fuel economy:
(city/hwy/combined)
16 / 26 / 19 mpg

Engine:
6.2L V-8
Horsepower: 436 hp @ 5900 rpm
Torque: 428 lb-ft @ 4600 rpm

Drive:
Rear-wheel

Transmission:
6-speed manual

Curb weight: 3311 lb

Wheels/tires:
18 x 9.5, 19 x 12 (f,r) inch aluminum alloy
275/35ZR18, 325/30ZR19 (f,r) Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar G:2 tires

Competitors:
BMW M3
Chevrolet Camaro ZL-1
Ford Shelby Mustang GT500
Nissan Skyline GT-R
Porsche 911

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SuperCarEnthusiast
I like an AWD option so I can drive it in the rain, snow, etc.... Plus, it will corner better too!
DERRECK153
The Vette is a real great car the interior isn't the best soo they say, its a car that gives other cars the goose bumps....
tonkatoytruck
I was interested in getting a new toy. When spending this kind of money, it is a good idea to get the wife to buy in. Besides, she has a lead foot anyway. Suffice it to say, she did not like the way it rode, its terrible turning radius, the interior, etc. She liked the E550 much better! I do too.
Sideways-#003
I sincerely hope they do a complete 180 with the C7's interior. I'm am SOOOO tired of hearing how bad it is. Other than that, it is a great car.
doudou
Mr. Lorio,I have never written anything nice about the staff at Motor Trend nor Auomile Magazine. In my view, the reports were never balance, fully biased, and anti-American. In some cases, such as the seats of the Vetter, they were right. But they had me so pissed off that I would not admit to anything. Your piece is on point. It shows the positive as well the negative in a pleasant way.For what it is worth, I compliment you.Ed

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