2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport

The Corvette's longstanding bang-for-buck virtuosity is well documented. The new-for-2010 Grand Sport edition-essentially a remix of existing parts-is an effective pick-me-up for the sixth-generation design entering its sixth model year. Clearly, C6 won't last forever, but it has the legs to run another couple of model years without sacrificing its perch atop the value throne.

However, the Corvette does have one flaw especially evident in the higher-performance editions: The seats are trash. Their lack of lateral support is the most egregious shortcoming. Complicating the matter is a back angle adjustment handled by a flimsy plastic release lever and a too-soft spring that allows the backrest to move forward when the occupant's weight is removed. That is no way to meet owner expectations in a car costing over $50,000.

The situation was made apparent by another car taken to the track the day this Corvette was tested. The Camaro SS, which resides a good $20,000 down the Chevy totem pole, is fitted with very comfortable, highly supportive, and conveniently adjustable bucket seats.

Don Sherman, Technical Editor

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