• Apr 28, 2009
During the annual C5/C6 Bash at the Corvette's Bowling Green Assembly Plant, numerous changes were outlined for the 2010 'Vette line. In addition to the Grand Sport and its scorching performance, the notable changes include, among other things, launch control as standard on all manual transmission models, Performance Traction Management on the ZR1, being able to order any Corvette in any color, and a cashmere interior package available on the Z06 and ZR1.

The event also featured presentations on the Grand Sport's technical aspects and the launch control, both of which you can view videos of after the jump. The launch control is practically brainless: put your Vette in competitive mode, depress the clutch, put the throttle pedal to the floor and it will hold a predetermined RPM depending on your particular engine. Then when you pop the clutch, it will monitor torque at 100 times per second to provide the best traction. All without voiding your warranty. Follow the jump to see the videos.

[Source: Corvette Blogger]





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      • 5 Years Ago
      SWEET! Finally, a properly operating launch control! GM needs all of the good publicity it can get, and this is a great one!
      • 5 Years Ago
      My '94 SE Probe 4cy. can leave any and all corvette standing still. whoosh gone!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have never been a Corvette fan, except for two cars that I do like...the C4 GS and the C5 98' indy pace car (I know it's purple and yellow but I like different and there's a guy who runs 10's with his at Englishtown). If some GM rep told me to sit my ass down in a chair and pick a Vette this would be it. Why? Cause it's different! I like the scoops on the Z06 but I don't like the extreme wide body look (on a race car yes, on a street car and a daily driver no). This car, basically looking like a convertible Z06 is right up my ally, to take it to work, get groceries, let the girls drive it without hitting a pole and then go racing on the weekends it's perfect. The mako shark fender gills and the very nice chrome 5-spokes are perfect and I'm not big fan on chrome either! I guess no one else noticed the mini ZR1 styled front splitter, this car says the C6 is nice but I want just a little bit something more BUT NOT TO MUCH.

      --RS
        • 5 Years Ago
        actually, the front splitter and entire front clip is from the Z06, not the ZR1
      • 5 Years Ago
      While the GS looks good - I vote thumbs down on it. Why? What GM has done is robbed the parts bin of their Z06 line and slapped it on their base models. This is the "all show and no go" version since it's an obvious rip off of the Z06. As the owner of an 08 Z06, i feel like Ive been slapped in the face. Buying into a brand and image of the Z06 as a track ready monster (it really is), and then having ALL of its identifying features ripped off and sold down the river.

      What is next? the GZ-1? a direct ripoff of the ZR1 but for people who don't want to pay the required price of entry? I wouldn't be nearly as pissed if they had left a few of the visual cues to the Z06, say the front scoop and side vents.

      I love my Corvette Z06 it's the best car I've ever owned - but tell me GM, why should I ever consider coming back to you guys, give you another $70-80K to purchase one of your top tier products if all you are going to do is rip it off and sell it off cheaper to everyone after me?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Here's the main reason I see for this car. The LS7 has relatively thin walls and is not good to be built with any kind of boost, so those going big power (700hp+) can't really start with a Z06. The LS3 is a monster with a few PSI behind it, so a lot of guys were buying Z51 cars, building them with twin turbos or superchargers, and then putting the Z06 widebody on them so they could fit larger tires with more traction. The Gransport seems like a good way to sell to those planning on going big power the car they actually want while saving the buyer money.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's all about the Benjamins....baby
        • 5 Years Ago
        All show and no go??? You're mistaken. While I understand your frustration, and I respect that, the GS will be a much better performer than the current Z51 package.

        As of now, the new 436 hp LS3 has posted 1/4 mile times under 12 seconds ... that's no slouch my friend. The new GS with launch control and suspension enhancements closer to the Z06 will certainly guarantee sub 12 second runs, as well as sub 3 second 0 - 60 times given enough practice.

        The front fender GS stripes should be standard and the Z06 front end should be axed. I like the wider stance and brake cooling ducts ... that is required. This will be a $55K or $60K dollar car, so it won't be cheap by any means.

        This car will pull 1.0 G in the corner, compared to the Z06 pulling 1.06. But you're right ... they robbed the Z06 parts bin, and I think they did this for a reason. GM is struggling and they could be preparing to phase out the Z06 for the C7. They brought back the ZR1 and now the Grand Sport. Both have been around since the C3. Personally, I think that would be a wise choice with their current struggle. The new GS will take sales from the Z06, and it will no longer have a purpose come the next C7.

        However, I love the Z06 ... it's just a brutal car and that's why I think the name should stick around, but only for special orders. Here is what I propose for the next generation: make the Grand Sport an actual trim level, not just a package for the base vette. So we will have the base model, Grand Sport, and ZR1. What could be done is GM could essentially take the current Z06 frame and everything else (minus the LS7) and call it Grand Sport. In turn, make the Z06 the performance package that people want. Standard would be the LS3, but the Z06 package would add the LS7 and a bunch of carbon fiber to reduce weight as well. This would give the Z06 its exclusivity back and restore the name.

        That's what I would do, because there is no doubt that the GS will become the most popular Corvette model .. it has to. 11 second performance for under $60K .. I'll take one, please.
        • 5 Years Ago
        the germans have mastered this practice. m-sport kits for regular models, s-line, amg package for non amg cars.....get over it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I see what you're saying, but I think they were obviously very careful not to tread too close to the ZO6 performance. It's still has significantly less power, it's heavier, and won't ever out perform a ZO6.

        I think this car bridges the gap between the base Vette and the ZO6 nicely. I know they say the C7 is on hold so I definitely won't mind them just tweaking and perfecting the C6
        • 5 Years Ago
        how can it be all show if all the parts swapped over are functional?

        oil cooler and dry sump = bling?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I guess you must have been really pissed too, when they ripped off the ZR-1 back in the 90's for the rest of the model line up. This isn't new for GM to do, ya know.

        I was worried they were going to slap two vinyl stripes and call it good. At least there is a performance package associated with it.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Can you really call a base Corvette "all show and no go"? I know what you are saying, but the term loses its punch somewhere around 250hp.

        Now the Ford Probe SE. That was all show and no go.
      • 5 Years Ago
      cant wait to see what the zr1 does with the launch control if the z06 did 3.6,and i love the warranty joke,lol
      • 5 Years Ago
      So they went to the trouble of creating another model in the Corvette lineup, but did they go to the trouble to give the car its own unique steering wheel? Every time I look in a Vette, the first glaring detail is that horrendous steering wheel, thats seen on all their budget cars. Take a tip from the Camaro team, and come up with something unique.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Im a 96 Grand Sport owner (828). Im also am upset with the new car. In 1963 the GS was to be the rawest, toughest car for GM's entree to LeMans. Money issues did not allow the motor division to reproduce the car. In 1996 idea of bringing back the GS do what Zora Duntov planned in the 60's. It was unofficially known as the "Ultimate ZR1" (C4). Now in 2009 we have a Label the GM motor division is using to sell an over priced, better than average regular Corvette (a half-a'ed ZO6 and not even close to new ZR1). The new car is mocking Corvette heritage. Zora should be turning in his grave right about now.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Those wheels are again horrible..... Whoever is the corvette wheel designer needs to get fired..... ASAP.

      I rather have the original 5 spoke wheels that first came out with the c6 than these tacky ones.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Are you kidding me? Those wheels are sick!
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Grand Sport Convertible is truly my perfect Corvette! Now if only I had the money and parking space for another car...
      • 5 Years Ago
      These Z06 guys crack me up! Waah, my car is devalued now because of the GS, waah! My goodness talk about low self esteem.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I doubt that guy owns a Z06. If he does, he is probably just a rich guy that owns as many expensive sports cars as possible for image. Real Corvette owners will not begrudge the GS, no matter which model of Corvette they own. I'm not a corvette owner, and even I know that.

        Anyway, this is S.O.P. for sports cars. We all know that certain bits of the Z06 will make it down to the base corvette when the C7 comes out. But this is a nice in-between package until that day arrives.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "If you use it all I can say is your warranty will not be voided"

      Haha, love it, nice jab.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Love it. The Corvette is pretty much all that's good at GM that will survive it seems (if GM survives, that is).
        • 5 Years Ago
        yeah, loved that little gem. LOL
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