2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport

I want to admit this to you right off the bat; I’ve never been much of a Corvette fan. I always thought the C1s were cool, and the C2s were kind of bad ass but the rest of the lineup does nothing for me. That is until I drove my first Corvette two years ago – it was a 2008 Z06 and it was excellent. About as much fun as the wilder Dodge Viper but it wasn’t actively trying to kill me like the Chrysler. The noise, power and acceleration are things I expected to be there but they all arrived with a greater tone, force, and speed. I didn’t expect the car to be comfortable but it was quite accommodating for my US-bred bottom. That Z06 was an eye-opener.
For 2010, Chevrolet has taken their base Corvette and added a few of the go-fast bits from the Z06 to create an attractively entertaining package. Slap an iconic name from the Corvette’s racing past on to the vehicle and we have the 2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport.

Under the hood is the same 6.2L LS3 V8 engine found in the base Corvette which produces 430 hp (or like this particular car, 436 hp thanks to the optional Dual-Mode Performance exhaust), but the heart of the Grand Sport appeal lies in the features it shares with its more powerful Z06 older brother. The aerodynamic features, such as the larger rear fenders and the front air intake, work to keep the car more firmly planted. The tires are sports-car large 275 18s up front and commercial-tractor large 325 19s out back. Under the wheels sit cross-drilled rotors, size 14 up front and 13.4 in the back. The wheel-tire combo and the upgraded aero features keep you planted and moving quickly, but my confidence soars with a push of those massive stoppers.
The Grand Sport provides an experience which few so-called sports cars actually deliver. The ‘Vette is more focused and raw. It’s not a sporty car but a real sports car. We spend most of our time in cars that bore us while staring out the window as others pass by with smiles on their face. They are not smiling because of something they are thinking about at that time, they are smiling because they are driving a real sports car that reaches into their cheeks and spreads their face open. The Grand Sport is one of those cars.

The interior of the Corvette Grand Sport is similar to the Z06 I remember. The seats are very comfortable, but could use more support. This car has the optional heated seats, but the friction my jeans make from sliding around in fast corners warmed me up enough. The upgraded Bose audio system sounded nice but it’s nothing to get excited about if you are a real car audio system geek. The nice part about being in a two-passenger sports car is that all buttons and switches are within easy reach of the driver. This Grand Sport is no exception.
The Grand Sport has some nice feature but the one I really enjoy is the optional Heads-Up display. It hovers out in the ether, right in my field of vision. I can see my speed without glancing down, and in a car where your speed quickly goes from oh to oh s%*t, this is very important. The HUD joins a few other features to make up the optional $7,705 4LT option package. I love the HUD but I wish I could order it without springing for the entire 4LT.

The $54,770 Grand Sport Corvette occupies the spot above the $48,930 base Corvette. From there we have the $74,285 Z06 and finally the $106,880 ZR1 supercar. Considering the cars the ZR1 runs with, it’s a great deal but still listed as Unobtanium on the Periodic Table of Sports Cars. The Grand Sport is quicker than the base version (0-60 happens in about 4 seconds flat) but not quite as quick as the Z06 (3.7 seconds). Also, unlike the Z06, the Grand Sport can be had with either a removable targa roof panel or a full-blown convertible top. It is a solid addition to a fun lineup of sports cars.
The Grand Sports base price slots into the lineup perfectly, but the ‘Vette pictured here has a few options checked off giving it an as-tested price of $69,510. Thus my problem surfaces: especially when you can find slightly used Z06s (2008’s and 2009’s) for around $50,000 with low mileage. The Grand Sport offers an excellent upgrade over the base Corvette but perhaps it flies a little to close to the Z06 price wise. Some people prefer open-air motoring and the Grand Sport is a great choice for that. However, if I were given the choice between 15,000 miles on the odometer plus 505 hp or 0 miles plus 436 hp…well I would have to go with the PAH!

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  1. Maymar Avatar

    Normally when dealing with sports cars, I'd prefer to go new (that 15,000 miles would usually be harder than diamond), but given the typical Corvette driver, the Z06 is probably the better bet.
    Still, I irrationally prefer the C4 – I'm a child of the 80s and early 90s. That being said, I respect the hell out of the C5 and C6.

    1. muthalovin Avatar

      We have had a C4 in the family since I was 11 or 12. That car has been a car pool car, a broke down car, moms car, dads car, broke down car, and finally, just last year, got promoted to drag-car. The second time it broke down, my dad replaced the motor with a 426 and that thing is violent. When I was back for Thanksgiving, I finally got to drive it. Aside from the squeaks, rattles, uncomfortableness, visibility, I like to think I know what kind of performance value current 'vettes offer.

  2. JeepyJayhawk Avatar

    You're not alone in your irrational love of the massive C4, parents had two as I was a younger lad. Can't seem to get that thing out of my brain.

  3. joshuman Avatar

    It works both ways. It is no coincidence that the Chevy and vette are close. Oh what a difference a single comma makes.

    1. Age_of_Aerostar Avatar

      I make it a habit to read the tags, and skimming though them on this article, I thought they were pretty boring…… nope, I'm just pretty dumb.

      1. Jeff Glucker Avatar
        Jeff Glucker

        no… they are pretty boring for this review. I try to keep them fairly normal on an article like this.
        But keep reading them on the other posts.

  4. Tim Odell Avatar
    Tim Odell

    A note to whoever decides what vehicles go into GM's west-coast press fleet:
    Here in California, 'Vettes are generally regarded as cars for mid-western fat guys over 45. We would assume you want to change this image.
    If you'd like to expand your customer base and bring in younger buyers with slightly different tastes, you should not make the public face of your genuinely incredible sports car a chrome-rimmed example in Ridiculous Yellow. Additionally, a main styling cue and historical throwback on the GS is the fender stripe. Why would you send an example without it?
    Personally, I'd love to have a base GS in white with a black stripe. Preferably with black wheels.

    1. JeepyJayhawk Avatar

      I'll take the black one then…

      1. Smells_Homeless Avatar

        Hell yeah. But there's no way I'm waiting another 8 years. Hell, being fat and midwestern, I may not make it!
        Cyber gray, please.

  5. FTGDHoonEdition Avatar

    The Z06 was the first 'vette I really desired. In all black, de-chromed, I just love it. The Grand Sport makes a lot of sense, but would rather go for the Z06.

  6. engineerd Avatar

    The GS is an interesting car. Priced new, it gives you near-Z06 performance for a bit more than the base. A good value, if you ask me. Is that 0.3 seconds to 60 really worth $20,000?
    However, as our intrepid road tester points out, a slightly (I use that term loosely in this case) used Z06 is a bit cheaper. This, given the usual tag, should have been the question of the day — New Grand Sport or Used Z06? Quite the conundrum indeed!

    1. Tim Odell Avatar
      Tim Odell

      The tricky part is that any and all 1-3 year old cars represent a better deal than a new one. The "for the price of X, I could get a used Y" argument always wins.
      But alas, no one's willing to supply us with a 1-2 year old Z06 to review. Besides, 1-2 year old cars gotta come from somewhere.
      Jeff's car was only 20k over a base model because of the options ticked. Personally, I'd get a 1LT or 2LT GS for around $56k and call it a day.
      I really like the concept of the lower-spec engine but with a higher-spec chassis. I'd love to have the suspension, brakes and grille of a GT500 with the base GT motor.

  7. Jeff Glucker Avatar
    Jeff Glucker


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