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Preview: The 2010 Corvette Grand Sport

by Keith Cornett on April 24, 2009

Preview: The 2010 Corvette Grand Sport

The Grand Sport returns! We’re at the Corvette Museum this weekend for the official unveiling and will have more details and exclusive photos as the new models are unveiled to the enthusiasts. In the meantime, read the offical press release from Chevy after the jump.

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PRESS RELEASE

CHEVROLET ANNOUNCES NEW 2010 CORVETTE GRAND SPORT

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Grand Sport. It’s one of the most storied monikers in Corvette’s illustrious racing heritage and it is returning the lineup. Chevrolet announced the new, 2010 Corvette Grand Sport at the 12th annunal C5/C6 Corvette Birthday Bash, held at the National Corvette Museum, in Bowling Green, Ky.

The new Grand Sport model combines the Corvette’s LS3-based powertrain with unique, wide-body styling and a racetrack-bred suspension for a distinctive, starting grid-ready performer. It is offered in both coupe and convertible body styles, with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The LS3 6.2L engine is rated at 430 horsepower (321 kW)* and 424 lb.-ft. of torque (575 Nm)* with the standard exhaust system. An optional two-mode exhaust system elevates the power ratings to 436 horses (325 kW) and 428 lb.-ft. (580 Nm).

The Grand Sport replaces the Corvette’s previous Z51 package and brings a greater degree of handling performance, with wider wheels and tires; revised shock, stabilizer bar and spring specifications and specific gearing. The equipment enables cornering capability of 1.0 g, as well as a 0.2-second improvement in 0-60 acceleration vs. standard LS3-powered models.

Grand Sport coupe models equipped with the manual transmission are uniquely outfitted for racetrack competition, too, with a dry-sump oiling system, differential cooler and a rear-mounted battery.

The complete list of content and special features for the Grand Sport includes

  • Wider front and rear fenders – including specific front fenders with integrated Grand Sport badges
  • Z06-style front splitter and tall rear spoiler
  • Functional brake ducts and extra cooling
  • Unique 18-inch front and 19-inch wheels; painted finish standard and chrome finish optional
  • Large 275/35ZR18 tires in front and 325/30ZR19 tires in the rear
  • 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
  • Specific manual transmission gear ratios
  • Specific rear axle ratio on automatic-equipped models

With its special equipment, the Grand Sport offers a unique blend of performance and amenities. Its suspension package approaches that of the Z06, but includes a removable roof on coupes (Z06 has a fixed roof) and, of course, the availability of a convertible body style. Also, the paddle-shift six-speed automatic transmission is offered, while a manual transmission is the only choice with the Z06.

All of Corvette’s exterior colors are offered on the Grand Sport and an available Heritage package adds iconic front fender hash marks offered in four colors, as well as two-tone seats with Grand Sport embroidery. The Grand Sport can be ordered with 1LT, 2LT, 3LT and 4LT trim packages, too.

Grand Sport history

Envisioned by legendary Corvette engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov as a factory-built, lightweight and race-ready production model that would trump domestic and foreign road-racing competitors, the original Corvette Grand Sport was a promising idea stymied by GM’s agreement to stay out of manufacturer-backed motorsports.

The planned 125 production models required for racing-class homologation were never built, but five prototypes based on the styling of the 1963 Corvette were hand-assembled under Duntov’s watchful eye. And while they looked like production models, the prototypes were purpose-built racecars that shared little with their assembly-line cousins. Duntov also oversaw the Grand Sport engine program that featured a special, 377-cubic-inch small-block V-8 and used side-draft carburetors.

Although never officially sanctioned by General Motors, the five Grand Sport prototypes saw extensive racing experience throughout the 1960s in the hands of “private” racers who had strong contacts within Duntov’s engineering circle. All five original cars are accounted for today and are among the most valuable in the collector market.

Chevrolet offered a limited-edition Grand Sport production model in 1996, commemorating the original racing cars and marking the end of the C4 era in Corvette production. All of the 1,000 examples were painted Admiral Blue and featured a white center stripe and red “hash mark” graphics on the left front fender, a graphic scheme that mimicked the look of some of the original racecars.

*SAE certified.


Soure:
Autoblog

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Exclusive Photo Gallery: The 2010 Corvette Grand Sport

by Keith Cornett on April 24, 2009

Preview: The 2010 Corvette Grand Sport

The new 2010 Corvette Grand Sport was unveiled to a standing room only crowd of Corvette owners and enthusiasts at the National Corvette Museum a little after 12pm today. While that was happening inside the Museum, six more Grand Sports in various colors and body styles were being parked outside the new conference center.

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All Photos © 2009 www.CorvetteBlogger.com

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What’s New for the 2010 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on April 24, 2009

What's New for the 2010 Corvette

The day spent at the Corvette Museum for the C5/C6 Bash was simply unbelievable. Thousands of Corvette enthusiasts mingling with GM personel and new Corvettes. We got so much information about the new Corvettes that its difficult to know where to begin. So to keep it simple we’ll begin with a list of bullets of what we learned today.

Here is what’s new for 2010 Corvettes:

  • NEW Grand Sport Model – Coupe or Convertible
  • Grand Sport Heritage Package with Iconic Hash mark Stripes and Seat Embroidery
  • Grand Sport coupe manual with Z52 Dry Sump Performance Package standard includes rear mounted battery and differential cooler
  • Torch Red is back – Z06 and ZR1 available in all 8 colors for the 1st time
  • Launch Control standard with all manual transmissions
  • 6-speed paddle shift automatic – Push and hold feature allows easy return to auto mode using’+’ paddle
  • Side Airbags standard on all Corvettes
  • New interior console trim plates – Orbit and Gunmetal patterns
  • Crossed flag logo embroidery seat option
  • Convertible includes Z06 style tall spoiler
  • Z06 and ZR1 now available with cashmere interior
  • Z06 3LZ package now includes power sport seats and power passenger seat
  • ZR1 includes PTM – Performance Traction Management Technology
  • 1 year XM subscription included with 3LT – 2LZ – 3ZR option packages
  • Cashmere custom leather wrapped interior – interim availability
  • Available Competition Gray wheels for ZR1

Some items on this list deserve additional attention:

First is that Launch Control is standard on all manual Corvettes. Tadge showed us several videos on how it works and its impressive. Tadge was also very clear that use of the Corvette’s Launch Control system won’t void your warranty either! We’ve got video of the seminar and will have that up in the next couple of days.

Secondly, the Performance Traction Management Technology for the ZR1 is an advanced system that integrates your Traction Control, Active Handling, and Selective Ride Control systems to enhance racetrack driving consistency and overall performance. With PTM you can now push full throttle while exiting a corner on a racetrack as the system automatically manages your overall acceleration dynamics. They tested the system and it even improved lap times of professional drivers.

Finally, the ability to order any car in any color cannot be overlooked. Want an Artic White or Crystal Red Z06 or ZR1? Now you can!

We’ve got a lot more info on everything from the 2009 Option penetration to Corvette Racing GT2 info. And with another full day at the Museum planned for tomorrow, we’ll be plenty busy over the next week.

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[VIDEO] Teaser Video of 2010 Grand Sport Reveal

We’ll be uploading more video once we return from our trip to the National Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash. In the meanime, here is a quick video we took with our digital camera following the reveal of the 2010 Corvette Grand Sport.

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Follow Live Coverage of Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash

by Keith Cornett on April 23, 2009

Heading to the Corvette Museum for the C5/C6 Bash
Later this afternoon I’ll be jumping a Southwest flight to Nashville and then renting a car for the trip to Bowling Green where we’ll be on hand for the 2010 Corvette reveal at the National Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash. While at the various NCM events, we’ll be updating the days activities live and posting exclusive photos via our Twitter account, which can be followed here after the jump.


Click here for the Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash schedule of events

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Corvette Quarterly Magazine Suspends Printing

by Keith Cornett on April 20, 2009

Corvette Quarterly Magazine

Corvette Quarterly, the official magazine of Corvette from General Motors has told readers that in an effort to better the magazine, the spring and summer issues will not be published. We also have heard that subscribers have been mailed refunds and the mailers lead us to believe there will be no more print issues for the foreseeable future.

On Corvette Quarterly’s website, the following statement is at the top of the page:

Corvette Quarterly News

Because we value the readers of Corvette Quarterly, we are taking some time to make Corvette Quarterly the best source of Corvette news available. As part of this process, we will not publish our spring and summer issues for 2009.

But please check the website often to find the latest news on Corvette and information on the magazine.

Thank you! Your Corvette Quarterly Team


We contacted Corvette Quarterly through their Twitter account regarding the statement on the home page:

CorvetteBlogger: What’s the word on Corvette Quarterly? Saw the message on the site. Is it moving to an online addition only?

CQMag: The post at the top of our website (cqmag.com) is the official update regarding Corvette Quarterly from General Motors.


The Magazine has a subscriber base of 250,000 and an annual circulation of 1,000,000 copies per year. According to Echo Media, the demographics for Corvette Quarterly are:

  • Average Income: $137,000
  • Average Age: $53
  • Percent Male: 90%

Online at Corvette Quarterly you’ll find full and partial issues going back to Summer 2006. You can view the magazines in a pdf format that is friendly to the magazine experience. That leads us to speculate that the magazine may try to cut costs by going digital only. But the move to cancel issues altogether in the name of providing a better product is lost on us.


Source:
Corvette Quarterly

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Corvette Racing's Steve Wesoloski

General Motors made another round of cutbacks with 1,600 white-collar workers losing their jobs as the company accelerates cost cuts to qualify for additional government aid. Among the positions cut was that of GM’s Road Race Group Manager Steve Wesoloski. Over the last few months, GM has significantly scaled back its road racing efforts until the Corvette program is all that remains and that must have been enough to make Wesoloski’s position vulnerable.

My first encounter with Steve was just last month at the 12 Hours of Sebring when he addressed the Corvette Corral. I found him to be very passionate and enthusiastic about the Corvette Racing program. It’s sort of prophetic that during one part of his stump speech he asked everyone to please keep buying cars because he doesn’t want to have to go back to the real world.

Steve was with GM since 1989 where he started as a release engineer on the C4 Corvette and joined Corvette Racing in 2001. He served as a liaison between the factory and racing programs and when Road Racing Group Manager position opened up, he took that and ran with it. The only downside to being the boss he said at Sebring was that he wasn’t allowed to go over the wall anymore during pit stops.

All those who are fans of Corvette Racing should raise a glass to Steve tonight and wish him well. We thank you Steve for your dedication and infectious enthusiasm during your tenure and hope your future is as bright as that of the racing team you helped build.

Here again is the video of Steve’s presentation from the Corvette Corral at Sebring, which we titled as “Racing Sells Cars”.



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Pratt & Miller GT2 Corvette Spied at Road Atlanta

Via our friends at BadBoyVettes, the Pratt & Miller GT2 Corvette was seen testing over the weekend at Road Atlanta. Outfitted in flat black and featuring Jake on the doors, the new GT2 Corvette also has the racing team’s motto stenciled appropriately above the rear wheels: Take No Prisoners.

Pratt & Miller GT2 Corvette Spied at Road Atlanta

Pratt & Miller GT2 Corvette Spied at Road Atlanta

Pratt & Miller GT2 Corvette Spied at Road Atlanta

The photos originally come from the forum site www.AmericanLeMansFans.com so we promptly signed up to participate in the discussions as well. You do have to register before seeing any threads.

According to some of those that have seen and heard the new GT2 Corvette during the testing:

Timed them for about a 10 minute period around 1pm in nice weather 65+F and got consistent 1:22s (low) with a quick lap of around 1:21.5 and a high of 1:23 (low).

I clocked a couple of high 1:19s on the second day of testing. Car sounds just like the GT1 car.

That’s approaching the fastest GT2 lap at the 2008 Petit LeMans. Considering that these cars are in the very early stage of development, high 1:19 laps are scary fast. Maybe they were using no restrictor (or a larger-that-permitted restrictor) in an effort to test other car components.

The GT2 Corvette is expected to make its racing debut at the Acura Sports Car Challenage at Mid-Ohio in early August.



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Photo Credit: Teen Kaas via BBV

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New Corvette Rebates and Incentive Offers

by Keith Cornett on April 3, 2009

Corvettes for sale at Kerbeck

Our friends at Kerbeck Corvette wanted us to help spread the word about the special rebates and incentives being offered by GM. Last month’s Corvette sales were the best since September 2008 and GM really wants to build on the momentum with these rebates and incentives. The good news is that you can thousands on both 2008 AND 2009 Corvettes.

For 2009 Corvettes

  1. 4.9% Financing for up to 60 months, OR
  2. $1,000 rebate

For 2008 Corvettes

  1. 0% Financing for up to 60 Months, OR
  2. 2.9% financing for up to 72 months, OR
  3. $4,000 rebate, OR
  4. $2,000 rebate and 5.9% financing for 60 months.

Want to take advantage of these special rebates or financing deals on new Corvettes? call Dave Salvatore of Kerbeck Corvette at 1-877-537-2325. Make sure you tell him CorvetteBlogger sent you!


Source:
Kerbeck Corvette

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March 2009 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on April 2, 2009

In keeping with our “glass is half full” optimism regarding monthly Corvette sales, we are happy to report that the March 2009 sales report released by GM yesterday shows the third straight month of growth for 2009 in new Corvette deliveries. In March 2009, 1,183 Corvettes were sold which was a 15% increase over February’s 1,027 deliveries and was 41% higher than the 842 Corvettes sold in January 2009.

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