We took our borrowed 2010 Chevy Corvette Grand Sport convertible through three different counties in the Tampa Bay area on Wednesday and the drive left a huge impression on me. The folks on the Corvette Team will tell you that once you drive a new Corvette, you’ll be hooked and man am I hooked! This Grand Sport Convertible is a blast to drive, but believe me, we’re just getting started. Our “First Drive” review is after the jump.
Chevy’s all-star PR guy Adam Denison was kind enough to hook us up with a 2010 Corvette Grand Sport for a week and it was delivered around 12 noon today. Over the next week I’ll be providing a series of posts relating to Grand Sports as well as the various ins and outs of this beautiful Torch Red Corvette.
Edmunds took a Viper SRT-10 and a 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon prototype out to a track to determine which car could lay the longest burnout. Finally, a comparision test I can get excited about! Both cars got three attempts and their tire marks were measured. Josh Jacquot was the driver for this non-scientific test and although he was bullish on the Viper from the get-go, it was the Velocity Yellow Z06 Corvette that left the biggest (and longest) impression.
You will want to turn up the sound and go full screen on this one.
Automotive News published this cutaway graphic which shows the various parts suppliers to the 2010 Corvette ZR1. Corvette owners are familiar with some of the bigger names like Dana (aluminum spaceframe), Eaton (supercharger) and Brembo (brakes), but this graphic also shows who makes the lug nuts (Taper Pro), hood hinges (Multimatic), instrument panels (IAC) and more. Could be helpful if you’re looking for replacement parts. Download it after the jump.
GM has issued a recall for 40,028 Corvettes built during the 2005 and 2006 model years. Specifically, the recall covers Corvettes built between March 2004 and January 2006 that have the tilt/telescopic steering column (RPO N37). Check your build date on the driver’s side doorjamb to see if your early C6 falls into that time period of manufacture.
When the GM rolled out the Corvette Grand Sport, Corvette Product Manager Harlan Charles thought the new model would account for about half of all Corvette production. He was right. So far though April 14, 51% of all Corvettes built are Grand Sports. While the Grand Sport has helped increase the amount of convertibles built from 20% of Model Year production in 2009 to 28% in 2010, the shocker is how much the Grand Sport has reduced the number of Z06s, to just 4% of production. Perhaps now we see why the Corvette Z06 is getting all the attention for 2011.