There's no denying the power that lies beneath the fiberglass skin, but to me, this new Grand Sport model is a little too much "show" coupled to all that "go." Sure, the cosmetic tweaks make the car look like a Z06, but the outgoing Z51 model offered a lot of the same performance, but it was a great sleeper, seeing as it looked virtually identical to a base Corvette.
And yes, I know the 'Vette is a performance bargain, but after you tack nearly $12,000 worth of options onto a $55,000 car-including the so-called "custom leather-wrapped interior package"-you can't helped but be slightly disappointed with the appointments. Honestly, if you want the ultimate bang-for-the-buck, pick up a base Grand Sport, opting only for the amazing $1195 exhaust system. You'll shave about $10,000 off the price of this test car, and I'm willing to bet you'll enjoy it just as much-if not more-than we did.
Evan McCausland, Web Producer