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.
Tim Allen of Home Improvement fame has listed his 2009 Corvette ZR1 for sale on eBay. The Cyber Gray 638-hp Corvette features the 3ZR options group and has only 3,084 miles on it. The sequence number is 367 of 1202 Corvettes produced in 2009. As of late Monday evening, the current bid of $92,850 has yet to hit the reserve. If you’re interested in a slightly used ZR1 with a celebrity connection, you better hurry as the auction ends Tuesday afternoon.
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.
GM’s monthly sales report shows 1,089 Corvettes delivered in the month of April. That’s the largest amount of sales in five months and the first time this year that sales have broken the one thousand mark. The number is down from last year’s 1,407 by -22.6%. Year to date, Corvettes sales are down -21% with 3,522 deliveries in 2010 vs 4,459 in 2009.