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1996 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport

It may be hard to imagine now, but there was a time when General Motors considered spinning Chevrolet's Corvette line off into its own separate division. The flagship supercar always had a distinct identity from the rest of Bowtie's model line – heck, overseas, 'Vettes aren't even sold at Chevy dealerships, they're sold with Cadillac. But while The General is trying to trim divisions down to a manageable level, now would seem like a less-than-ideal time to separate the Corvette range from Chevrolet, despite reports that yet another 'Vette derivative may on the way.

In addition to the base Corvette coupe, the convertible, track-focused Z06 and supercar-beating ZR1 (along with various limited-edition models), reports now suggest that a new Grand Sport model is on its way. Little is known in the way of details, but speculation suggests that it'd be a standard 'Vette with a wider body like the Z06 or ZR1 and some extra package additions. The trim level are reportedly set to be available in both coupe and convertible body-styles, but perhaps the real question is whether the asymettrical fender hash marks will return...

[Source: Corvette Action Center]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I would love a c6 vette convertible with all the z06 goodies but I imagine since it's being offered in both bodies it is something more like a fancy z51 package.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Come on Corvette go against tradion in these hard economic times. Produce a less expensive 310HP V6 Corvette. Gotta keep the numbers up for survival these days.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hi, please meet the 2010 V6 Camaro...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not a bad idea.

        A Camaro is still a big 2+2, and weighs over 600lbs more than the Vette. I bet alot of 350Z intenders could be enticed by a 'Vette with a V6 and a redesigned interior.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Joe K., I could be wrong, but weren't the first Corvettes triple carbureted 6 cylinders with live rear axle? Just sayin'
        • 5 Years Ago
        NO. A Corvette is a V8 powered RWD coupe/convertible that has Fuel injection and IRS. No V6's, ever!

        If anything make an extended Kappa platform V6 Import-fighter, but the Corvette is sacred and must not be watered down.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nay to Grand Sport

      Ye to Z/28 Camaro

      • 5 Years Ago
      1996 GSs are definitely one of my favorite Vettes of all time. If I had the money it would already be done because I would have a C6 in GS paint scheme.
      • 5 Years Ago
      No need to have 2 body structures. They should just consolidate the platforms.
      • 5 Years Ago
      How is this a rumor if they already have model codes?

      Coupe: 1YG07
      Convt: 1YG67
      • 5 Years Ago
      April Fools!
        • 5 Years Ago
        This isn't an april 1st story. Corvette Conti released info about the GS back in January.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Corvette has finally in recent years elevated itself to a place in the industry where it's no longer just a cost-effective alternative to a true supercar. It IS a supercar regardless of the price.
      Offering cheapened versions should not ever happen, and I doubt GM would ever be stupid enough to do it.
      As for the "Grand Sport", that's one ugly-ass car IMO.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car takes me back to my younger days. I was upsold to an LT4 Corvette which was a "sleeper" Grand Sport. No wheels, paint or interior trim, but the same drivetrain. It was a cool car and I bought it for the same price as a 30th Anniversary Camaro SS I was ready to buy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      In the UK Chevy's are basically rebadged Daewoos. Obviously GM would not like to associate an expensive sports car with Daewoos.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ahh i see. so its really apples and oranges.
      • 5 Years Ago
      C6 is one of the best looking sports car on sale today. We already have the z06 and new ZR, bring on the Grand Sport.
      • 5 Years Ago
      funny that in the UK the vettes are sold at Cadillac dealerships But i think i can see the reasoning when a foreign sports car is way out of the price range of anything a UK Chevy dealership would normally offer?
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