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Chevy Speeds into Geneva with Corvette Grand Sport

Latest ‘Vette variant blends best of Stingray and Z06.

by on Mar.02, 2016

The new Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport.

For the most part, American automakers have been keeping a painfully low profile at this year’s Geneva Auto Show, leaving it to overseas competitors. But even though the brand has largely abandoned the European market, Chevrolet did have something to show off during a show with a heavy emphasis on power and performance.

Think of the new Corvette Grand Sport as a hybrid of the “base” Stingray and the steroid-laden Z06. Picking up on some classic design cues and adding better brakes and wider wheels, among other things, the Grand Sport promises to fill a nice gap between the two current models.

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“We didn’t hold back with the new Grand Sport,” Tadge Juechter, the chief engineer on the Corvette program, said ahead of the new model’s debut at Geneva’s PALExpo convention center.

The Grand Sport retains the naturally aspirated 6.2-liter LT1 V-8 found in the Corvette Stingray. And like that model, it will turn out 460 horsepower.

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First Drive: 2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport

By Paul A. Eisenstein

by on May.25, 2010

The 2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport revives a familiar name - but delivers some serious performance numbers.

There was a look of disappointment in the eyes of the radar cop as we drove by, a wee bit below the speed limit.  Seeing us coming, with the ticket-me-red paint job and the white racing stripes on the front fender he was certain we were going to help him meet the day’s quota.

To be honest, it isn’t easy to hold the 2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport under the speed limit.  Heck, it’d be hard to slow down if we were living along the German Autobahn.

Think of the GS as a sort of hybrid.  It starts out with the same steel chassis as the “base” Corvette, but the crossed-flag emblem is your first hint that there are some other significant changes in store.  Indeed, if you pulled out your tape measure you’d notice the dimensions are decidedly different.  The Grand Sport shares most of those with the high-performance Z06 model, including the gill slits and taller rear spoiler. (See First Look: 2010 Corvette Grand Sport)

There are plenty of poseurs on the market, models that attach the word, “sport” to their name but offer little more than cosmetic enhancements.  Not so the Corvette Grand Sport.  And the changes do more than just enhance aerodynamics.

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There are the oversized wheels, shared with the Z06, as well as the more expensive model’s cross-drilled brakes, measuring 14-inches up front and 13.4-inchers in the rear.  They deliver real stopping power.

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