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.
This afternoon, GM’s Corvette Team presented the new 2011 Corvette to several hundred owners and enthusiasts at the Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash in Bowling Green. One of the themes for the 2011 rollout is that Corvette buyers will have more choices than ever to personalize their Corvettes inside and out with a host of new options. Previous options that were restricted to certain models like Magnetic Selective Ride Control are also being made available on all models.
Munich-based Tuner GeigerCars has a history of tuning Corvettes. Recently, they got their hands on a 2010 Corvette Grand Sport and like most tuners, felt that the 436-horsepower sports car was under powered. After all, why be satisfied with 436 hp when you get to 588 horsepower by adding a 2.3 liter supercharger? GeigerCars claims the Corvette with now run 0-60 mph in under 4 seconds and has a top speed of 209 mph.
Corvette Racing Ambassador Ron Fellows takes us on a tour of various features of the 2010 Corvette Grand Sport. He then gets behind the wheel of the Velocity Yellow GS Coupe and has some real fun on the track including a demonstration of launch control.
General Motors will be giving one lucky winner the opportunity to win a new 2011 Corvette Grand Sport and a trip to the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans. You can register for the sweepstakes by visiting www.RaceToWinCorvette.com. You’ll have to answer three simple questions to fill out the entry form, but trust me – they are easy! The Grand Prize drawing will take place on July 7, 2010. There is also a “Refer-a-Friend” contest in which the winner will receive a PRS SE Model Guitar signed by the Corvette Racing Team. PRS Guitars is a sponsor of Corvette Racing.
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How well are sales going for the new 2010 Corvette Grand Sport? “Over half of the coupes and three-quarters of the Convertibles are being ordered as Grand Sports” said Harlan Charles, Corvette Product Marketing Manager for GM. National Corvette Museum Board Member and Corvette Assembly Plant Manager Bob Parcell said the Grand Sport has become the “most popular model of Corvette and overall Corvette sales are up this year.” As a result the Grand Sport will be featured by the National Corvette Museum as their fund raising raffles says Museum Executive Director Wendell Strode. “We thought we’d follow the trend and offer more of what customers are wanting.”
General Motors has filed a lawsuit in US District Court against Ohio-based Mongoose Motorsports LLC for producing replicas of the 1963 Corvette Grand Sport. GM has recently licensed the rights to Duntov Motor Co, who with Superformance, have started offering authentic Grand Sport reproductions for both track and street.
Retired 4-Star US Army General Richard Cody, former commander of the 101st Airborne and Army Vice Chief of Staff, recently toured the Bowling Green Assembly Plant where the Corvette is assembled. Cody was in town to pick up his new 2010 Grand Sport Convertible and took delivery of the Torch Red sports car at the National Corvette Museum across the street. The visit allowed the General to meet and greet the people responsible for building the new Corvette, many of whom are veterans themselves.
“The Supercharged 638 hp Corvette ZR1 with two Grand Sports”
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