Friday, May 1, 2009

New Reveal : 2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport

Last time Chevrolet offered the Grand Sport version of the Corvette was in 1996, which marked the end of C4 era. Well now, it has come to the C6 version.
Although the Grand Sport is based on a standard Corvette C6, it features its unique styling cues. Up-front, the Grand Sport features a Z06 front-fascia with a hood-scoop and splitter. The wider front and rear side fenders with Grand Sport badges feature unique 18-inch front and 19-inch rear wheels with a new double-blade functional brake ducts for extra cooling. The back gets a taller rear-spoiler that echos the Z06, and four loud exhaust pipes with optional two-mode exhaust system. The Grand Sport is available in coupe and convertible forms.
Like the C6, the Corvette Grand Sport is pushed by a 6.2L LS3 V8. The engine is rated 430 hp (436 hp with the optional two-mode exhaust system) and 424 lb-ft. Mated to a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic with paddle-shifters on the steering wheel, the Grand Sport launch to 60 mph 0.2 seconds faster than the C6.
The Grand Sport should be also faster around corners. It's down to the Grand Sports suspension and brake systems. With the wider fenders, Chevrolet has been able to fit the Grand Sport with race-spec suspension with revised shock, stabilizer bar and spring specifications, that are similar to the ZR1. As for brakes, it's fitted with Z06 brakes, that are 14-inch (355 mm) front rotors with six-piston calipers and 13.4-inch (340 mm) rear rotors with four-piston calipers. Corvette claims that these upgrades enable cornering capability of 1.0 G.

The Corvette Grand Sport can be ordered with 1LT, 2LT, 3LT and 4LT trim packages. Prices to be announced soon. However, with a 15 years of disappearance, will the Grand Sport end the C6 era, like it did in the C4? Tell us your opinion in the comments.

Source : [Chevrolet]

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