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Corvette Grand Sport Pricing Announced

The all-American sports car delivers all-out performance for economy prices.

by on Jun.10, 2009

2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport

About the only area where the Corvette can't match its European or Japanese competition on numbers is with its relatively inexpensive price.

With 0 – 60 time in less than four seconds, the 2010 version of the Corvette Grand Sport can run with just about anything sold — at any price.

And that’s not only straight line. performance that American muscle cars were notorious for.  Grand Sport delivers 1.0g on a skid pad, and has pavement ripping stopping distances as well. It can truly to it all.

“These numbers are unmatched by any of Corvette’s competitors,” says Karen Rafferty, Chevrolet Product Marketing Director, who also noted Grand Sport ‘s 26 highway mpg  performance.

No argument here from us.

GM Bowling Green Assembly employees pose with the 1,500,000th Corvette, a 2009 convertible.

GM Bowling Green Assembly employees with the 1,500,000th Corvette, a 2009 convertible.

About the only place the car is  bit light on numbers is its price. The Grand Sport coupe will sell  starting at only $55,720 and GS convertible is $59,530. Both of these  prices include a $950 destination freight charge. That’s tens of thousands dollars less than European or Japanese sports cars with equivalent performance capabilities.  

The new car, of course, is named after a Grand Sport that was originally created by Corvette chief engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov in 1963 as a factory-built, lightweight racing model that successfully challenged all domestic and overseas competitors in the hotly contested road races of the 1960s. (more…)

First Look: 2010 Corvette Grand Sport

The original and basically undefeated sports car campaigns on.

by on Apr.24, 2009

Wanna race?

Wanna race?

GM’s reputation might be battered and bloodied these days, but there’s one car that is unbowed with its success taking on the world’s fastest and most expensive sports cars.

The Chevrolet Corvette for more than 50 years has proudly, and successfully, represented U.S. makers in the international sports car wars.

Dollar-for-performance-dollar, the Bowling Green, Kentucky, built two-seater represents the best performance value, bar none, in the world.

Today, at the 12 th annual C5/C6 Corvette Birthday Bash, held at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, the new 2010 Corvette Grand Sport model made its return. The Grand Sport replaces the Corvette’s previous Z51 package and offers “even more handling performance,” with wider wheels and tires; revised damper, stabilizer bar and spring specifications, than the Z51, which was also a world-class competitor.

Cornering capabilities of +1.0 gravity, as well as a -0.2-second improvement in 0-60 acceleration compared to the standard LS3-powered models are claimed by Chevrolet. Based on my personal experience over the years doing instrumented testing on numerous Corvettes, I have no reason to doubt the impressive numbers. Corvettes deliver as promised.

The original 1963 Grand Sport on a track wher it belongs.

The original 1963 Grand Sport where it belongs.

The new car is named after a Grand Sport that was originally created by Corvette chief engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov as a factory-built, lightweight racing model that would take on all domestic and overseas competitors in the hotly contested road races of the 1960s. Production of five prototypes ensued in 1963.

However, the project was shelved with GM’s agreement to stay out of manufacturer-backed motorsports during one of America’s recurrent attacks on the automobile. Unlike today, when such prototypes are routinely crushed for fear of liability claims, the five Grand Sport prototypes were raced throughout the 1960s by privateers who were personally picked by Duntov or his engineers. (more…)