Celebrating 12 years since its initial introduction, the C5/C6 Chevy Corvette with the official unveiling of the 2010 Chevy Corvette Grand Sport at the National Corvette Museum, in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Offered in both coupe and convertible styles, the Corvette Grand Sport comes equipped with Chevy’s famed LS3 6.2L engine capable of producing 430-horsepower (321 kW) and 424 lb.-ft. of torque (575 Nm) with the standard exhaust system. For ‘Vette enthusiasts looking to squeeze out as much performance as possible, an optional two-mode exhaust system upgrades boosts power incrementally to 436-horsepower (325 kW) and 428 lb.-ft. (580 Nm).
Effectively replacing the Z51 package as the new force to be reckoned with, the Corvette Grand Sport improves handling and performance with a host of new accessories, including wider front and rear fenders,
Z06-style front splitter and tall rear spoiler, functional brake ducts and extra cooling, specific manual transmission gear ratios and specific rear axle ratio on automatic-equipped models. The Grand Sport also receives Z06-size brakes, including 14-inch (355 mm) front rotors with six-piston calipers and 13.4-inch (340 mm) rear rotors with four-piston calipers, encased behind 18″ front and 19″ rear painted (or chrome finish) wheels shod in large 275/35ZR18 tires in front and 325/30ZR19 tires in the rear. Thanks to the plethora of upgrades, Chevy claims the 2010 Grand Sport achieves 1.0g more cornering capability and 0.2-second improvement in 0-60 acceleration over the standard LS3-powered Corvette’s.
No word yet on exactly how much Chevy expects you to shell out for the luxury of throwing down behind the wheel of a 2010 Grand Sport, but with specs like those, we expect the price to be hefty.