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:
16 / 26 / 19 mpg

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


6-speed manual

Curb weight: 3311 lb

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

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I like an AWD option so I can drive it in the rain, snow, etc.... Plus, it will corner better too!
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....
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.
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.
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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