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Old 04-24-2009, 12:10 AM   #1
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2010 Chevy Corvette Grand Sport – Click above to enlarge

Chevy is bringing back the Corvette Grand Sport, and unlike the one offered at the end of the C4's run in the mid-Nineties, this one sports a long list of performance upgrades that would make even Zora Arkus-Duntov proud. Rather than treating this revival as a special model with a limited run, Chevy has decided to ditch the Z51 package entirely and offer the Grand Sport that pushes the standard Vette's performance even closer to that of the Z06.

While the 430-hp (436-hp with the two-mode exhaust) LS3 V8 remains unchanged, wider front and rear fenders allow for 18- (front) and 19-inch (rear) wheels that are also wider than before. Larger brakes are included and the special suspension tuning is now even closer to that of the Z06. You'll also notice other Z06 elements like the front splitter, rear spoiler and functional brake ducts behind the doors. Unlike the Z06, you can order a Grand Sport with a manual transmission or the Vette's six-speed automatic with paddle shifters. If you're a true track hound, though, go with the manual that also comes with a dry-sump oil system, differential cooler and rear-mounted battery.

Though available as a convertible, coupe models also feature a removable roof. The Grand Sport can also be had in all four Corvette trim levels (1LT, 2LT, 3LT and 4LT) and any standard Corvette color, and a special heritage package gives a nod to the past by adding a pair of hash marks to the front fenders. The new Grand Sport is being announced at the 12th annual C5/C6 Corvette Birthday Bash at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky as we speak and pricing has yet to be announced, so stay tuned.
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Old 04-24-2009, 12:12 AM   #2
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that thing looks like a whole bunch of afterthoughts.

like " hey, shooooot, lets put this on dur dur" vent here vent there stripe there stripe here
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Old 04-24-2009, 12:12 AM   #3
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i dunno if thats an official GM pic
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oh.

cool idea at least
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Old 04-24-2009, 12:14 AM   #5
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probably is tho
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The wheels could be better looking, and I dont like the look of the rear brake duct. Id still drive it, no questions asked.
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so basically it's just gonna raise the price of the standard vette....meh...whatever
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Why is it red. Shouldn't it be blue with a white stripe and black rims?
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As marketing exercises go, this is pretty clever.GM can now take the money of the poseurs wanting a Z06 convertible with automatics.
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Why is it red. Shouldn't it be blue with a white stripe and black rims?
I think a upsized version of the original rims would be tits. On the 90s GS, was there much a change body-wise from the stock vette? That LT-4 was pretty good too.
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Needs less convertible and more powder coated brake calipers.
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Theres been a lot of graphics packages for the C6 lately....I wonder why?
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I think a upsized version of the original rims would be tits. On the 90s GS, was there much a change body-wise from the stock vette? That LT-4 was pretty good too.
the only difference was a set of fender flares to fit the 17x11" rear wheels. plus you could only get admiral blue with summit white stripe and torch red hash marks
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Corvette buyers eat up any commemorative package but I would have liked to see a better interpretation of the C4 grand sport on this one. I doubt the Vette will get a significant overhaul anytime soon
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the only difference was a set of fender flares to fit the 17x11" rear wheels. plus you could only get admiral blue with summit white stripe and torch red hash marks
But those simple things made it fucking sweet looking. Subtle changes, but a big impact.
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Corvette buyers eat up any commemorative package but I would have liked to see a better interpretation of the C4 grand sport on this one. I doubt the Vette will get a significant overhaul anytime soon
exactly! if they made it exactly how they are making it, but with black wheels and the traditional blue/white/red paint scheme it would be badass
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ghey the C4 GS is still a monster, i dont know whos ass the guy who wrote this article had his head up, but he doesnt know shit. the C4 GS had a completely differnet motor and even today can still kick the piss out of most modded rides on the road. no motor changes on a C6 GS = FAIL
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ghey the C4 GS is still a monster, i dont know whos ass the guy who wrote this article had his head up, but he doesnt know shit. the C4 GS had a completely differnet motor and even today can still kick the piss out of most modded rides on the road. no motor changes on a C6 GS = FAIL
actually the motor was just a lt4 which came in any 96 vette if you ordered the manual..... in fact all 1996 manual corvettes had a LT4 and all of the motors have a "grand sport" plate on the throttle body, regardless if it was a GS or not.... the wheels and paint were the thing that made it special
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If the introduction of the ZR1 into the Corvette lineup has made the base model look a bit dull, the Grand Sport package more than fills the aesthetic gap between the models. The Grand Sport package includes Stingray-like gills aft of the front wheels, unique rims and Z06 brakes. Unique suspension tuning reportedly nets a 0-60 time that goes from 4.2 seconds on the base coupe to 4.0 seconds in its updated configuration.

Corvette Blogger is reporting what it says is official Grand Sport package pricing, and the bottom line isn't as tough to swallow as some may have envisioned. The Bowtie fanboy site lists Grand Sport pricing at $55,720 for the coupe and $59,530 for the convertible. That's a not-inconsequential $6,205 bump for the coupe and $5,360 for the droptop. The Grand Sport package essentially obviates the need for the $1,695 Z51 package, however, so you're basically looking at $3,500-$4,500 for the retuned suspension, widebody stance, Z06 brakes, improved 0-60 mph times, and aeshetic and exclusivity benefits, which doesn't strike us as a bad deal.
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