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If you think the 2010 Corvette Grand Sport is just another tape and decal package, you can be forgiven. GM is famous for trying to create "special editions" using nothing more than clever packaging, but nothing could be further from the truth in this case. Designed as a separate model between the base Corvette and the Z06, the Grand Sport effectively takes the popular high-performance Z51 suspension package and builds upon it, creating a vastly improved car that looks completely unique.
Everything that was awesome about the Z51 package remains, and the Grand Sport adds some seriously cool hardware to help distinguish it from garden-variety base Corvettes. The first thing you notice is unique bodywork with wider fenders with functional scoops, and there's a Grand Sport badge affixed above dual vertical gills.
This showroom-fresh 2010 Grand Sport convertible has just 580 actual miles, so it's safe to assume that it is as-new in almost every imaginable way. The handful of miles that it has been driven was on sunny days in a dry climate, and it's unlikely that this car has ever seen rain or anything more aggressive than a soft cloth against its finish. One of the only options this car doesn't carry is the heritage package, which, ironically, was a decal kit that added a pair of hash marks on the front fender. They don't make the car faster, and given how sinister this one looks, they won't be missed.
The Grand Sport is powered by the base Corvette 6.2-liter LS3 V8, which is certainly no slouch in the performance department. Making 430 horsepower and 424 pounds of torque, it's a thrilling companion and reminds us just how far performance cars have come in the past few years. The engine bay is tidy and clean, again, virtually as new. The six-speed automatic brings a custom gear ratio in the rear differential that's specific to the Grand Sport, as well as paddle shifters on the steering wheel for lighting-fast manual shifts.
The real performance upgrades to the Grand Sport are in the chassis. Those wider fenders cover up some additional Z06 hardware, including brakes, suspension and rolling stock. The optional dual-mode exhaust system ups the power output to 436 horsepower and 428 pounds of torque, and is thrilling to hear. The Grand Sport's calipers are distinguished by their silver with red lettering and the rotors have been enlarged to Z06-specifications with 14-inch rotors and six-piston calipers up front and 13.4-inch rotors with four-piston calipers in the rear. Revised shock and spring settings differentiate the Grand Sport from base corvettes, and it features heavy-duty sway bars. The 2010 Grand Sport rides on unique wheels wrapped in sticky Goodyear rubber. Those special wheels are usually painted silver, but this car carries the optional chrome wheels, which are dazzling against the black paint.
Corvette designers have heard the complaints from the car magazines, and have been working hard to upgrade the Corvette's interior fittings, culminating with the Grand Sport's beautifully finished black leather buckets. Aggressive enough to hold you in place during spirited driving, they're also all-day comfortable for cross-country touring. Thanks to the six-speed transmission, high-speed cruising is a pleasure, the LS3 settles into a muted, distant rumble, and fuel mileage hovers in the mid-20s, which is astounding for a car with this kind of performance. The black canvas top stows quickly and easily at the touch of a button, and the trunk is as-new.
Look again at the price on the window sticker, then at the asking price, and then go down to your Chevy dealer and try to buy a loaded black-on-black Grand Sport convertible for less. Identical in appearance and condition to a new 2011 Grand Sport, there's just no reason not to buy this one if you're in the market. Call, click or visit for more information on this awesome car!
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