• Jun 12, 2009
2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport – Click above for high-res image gallery

Since Chevrolet announced the return of the Corvette Grand Sport for 2010, we've been given detailed information on what the trim level will include as well as its starting price – $55,720 for the coupe and $59,530 for the convertible. What we haven't been given is a truly good look at the Grand Sport, having to make due with a single profile shot.

Chevy has just released six new images of the GS in both coupe and convertible form that finally show off the exterior changes. Most obvious are the new gills that sit behind the front wheels and vent air from the larger brakes. The Grand Sport also gets that air inlet on the leading edge of its hood from the Z06, as well as the air scoop behind each door and front splitter. Those front and rear fenders are also both wider than what you get on a base Corvette, all in order to accommodate wider tires fitted to Grand Sport-specific wheels. Though the engine remains the same, GS Vettes do get an upgraded suspension and your choice of a manually tranny or six-speed auto.

Replacing the Z51 package, the new Grand Sport really does seem like the perfect compromise between a garden variety Corvette and the harder edged Z06. Check out the rest of our Grand Sport photos in the gallery below.



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      • 5 Years Ago
      Dayumn, some nice changes! Finally can dig on a Vette again after years. Love the rear window. Wish more was done to the actual rear, somehow. Needs a little something...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I really like those wheels and those front fender vents.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think it was a mistake not simply refreshing the Corvette with the fender vents and calling it an updated model. They would probably sell more vettes that way.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's absolutely gorgeous.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Every new Corvette is incredibly awesome, it's just a matter of what you like. Maybe some Corvettes are better than others on paper, but any brand new Corvette is more car than 90% of us, myself included, can handle.

      I just wish I could afford one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      GM is here to stay..
      Great news for us corvette guys..

      REAL AMERICANS DRIVE REAL AMERICAN CARS.
      • 5 Years Ago
      if i could afford a new vette it would be this one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      yeah I pretty much expect replies like that. I'm not allowed to have an opinion? I'm not asking for anything from you or GM, the car has been released and here to stay. To me it's all the show and none of the go of the model its trying to imitate. Everyone of us here laughs when we see some ghetto person rolling with the fake fender vent's all over their car, IMO this is a more sophisticated version.

      I can see the meetings that went on to get this thing out the door. "Alright guys we need something new, but we can't spend any money or time on it - hey! let's just go raid the parts bin of it's big brother!"

      All i know is that next time I feel like spending $70,000 it sure won't be going to GM. Which is kind of what their problem has been for the past decade yes?
        • 5 Years Ago
        As for "all of the show and none of the go" -- none of the power, true, but the GS's broad shoulders are there to cover the suspension and braking bits of the Z06, which for anything but a straight line is definitely some of the go.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not only that, but you're talking about the base engine in the corvette... Lots of guys who buy the car for the purpose of building it up want the base engine (easier to build than the z06) and the wide body of the z06. Now they have that, in a more affordable way.

        Not everyone wants immediate performance, some like to create their own monster of a car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Jeff, that's product cycles for ya.

        the current hotness has new product right behind it
        ... this is how it's always been.

        find a way to really enjoy your awesome car
        and not feel regret when you see what's next.

        otherwise you'll never enjoy anything man.

        Apple products get this way, people complain
        I just bought my macbook and now they go and upgrade it.

        I know that my apple laptop isn't in the same ball park
        as your vette but I can relate... in a .001 scale.

        BTW that vette is a sweet car, don't take all the harsh comments to heart
        we're all sort of jealous and sad to hear an enthusiast complain about their NEW Z06.
      • 5 Years Ago
      As a vette owner that road races a C5Z06, I applaud GM for this move. This is great for the tuners and enthusiasts.

      I did a similar widebody kit on my C5Z so that I could run C6Z wheels, tires and brakes.

      When I dump my C5Z for a C6, I'll definitely be getting the widebody C6Z51 instead of the Z06. I can run the same brake mods, wheels and tires as the C6Z but don't have to worry about getting the LS7 and having to spend more money than needed fixing the engine if something breaks. The LS3 is great for beating on the track and is easy to replace.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That link was a complete waste of my life.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Personally -- I don't like it. As the owner of an 08Z06 i feel this to be a straight rip off of everything external. Original thinking there GM, raiding the parts bin of a higher up car.

      Does anyone else realize that for 5K more you can get into a new Z06? (using current market prices and availability from corvetteforum.com)

      I'd be much less pissed if they left at least ONE thing unique to the Z06, say the front fascia.

      I went 100% American car wise this time around, (my Z06 and my S10) and after less than a year of owning them GM does this, steps on the toes of those who already plunked down for something very expensive) Yes there is some elitism action going on here, but it's standard business practice to try NOT to piss off those who would otherwise come back and spend more money with you later on.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I can see where you're coming from, but...

        ...if you bought the car just for its looks, or for what people on the street think about you when they see you in it, then you are a poser, and deserve no sympathy.

        The value of the Z06 was, is, and will be its hardcore performance, and everyone who actually knows Corvettes will recognize your ride and give it the full measure of respect and admiration it deserves. It is in no way lessened by the Grand Sport.

        Look at it this way -- your Z06 is now just a little bit stealthier.

        Personally, I'm sad that the Z51 is gone. The extra bumps and gills and bling of the GS/Z06/ZR1 detract from a beautiful design.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Casa...good to see you're still alive, bro!

        I can't wait for the next Vette.

        Jeff I have to agree with Chet on this one...

        BTW Casa, it's ToF from MT.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's what you get for getting an S-10, I guess. Those things are terrible.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Jim: In other news, Jeff Johnson owns a 2008 Z06.

        Back to you, Tom.

        Tom: Breaking news, Jeff Johnson owns a 2008 Z06! More on this after the weather forecast.

        Laura: Well the weather looks great today, it looks like a good day for Jeff Johnson to take the 206 out for a spin. Did I mention that Jeff Johnson owns a Z06

        Tom: Yes, Laura you did. But you didn't mention it was a 2008 Z06. And more on that, we have live footage, of Jeff Johnson posting about his 2008 Z06.

        Dildo.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm a '08 Z51 owner and it doesn't bother me in the least. And technically I should be more upset than U, considering the GS is essentially a better looking "Z51". And with all the cats over at CorvetteForum who have literally done their own WIDE-BODY conversions.. how does this bother U in the least???

        YES.. for $10K more U get a much more race-ready Z06 with all the performance and light-weight materials to boot. What the hell is wrong with that??? Chevy is absolutely correct in working hard to keep the car fresh while the C7 is in development. That generation supposedly show up until MY2013. By then the C6 will be 8 years old.. or exactly the same age as the still gorgeous C5.. which was never given anything in the way of MCEs aside from a paint scheme. The engines never changed.. the interior never changed.. the body never changed. The C6 has gotten a new interior, two new engines (LS3 and LS9), a new body, and a new suspension.

        GOOD JOB CHEVY. Here's to the CTS-V getting a slightly detuned LS9 in 2011.. and pissing this owner of an '09 off for not waiting 2 years.. or maybe I'll just chalk it up to the NEW GM putting thought into keeping their products fresh.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You're Z06 is unique, it has one front gill, instead of two.... and doesn't look as cool. ;)

        Basically, you outed yourself as a poser dude, way to go. Keep that 5hit to yourself!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think I speak for many when I say

        " B-O-O H-O-O"
      • 5 Years Ago
      Jeff your a whiner and a BS artist.
      It is like me saying the Z06 stole the wide back end from the C4 ZR-1 and how dare they do that.

      Or the world of Corvette advancement should end because Jeff was a fool to spend $75,000 for 505 HP when for $45,000 bought a base Vette with a 435 HP LS3 that is a stronger engine then the LS7 and for $400 got a custom tune and have 490 HP.

      Here is a clue, there was a C4 Grand Sport when the ZR-1 was phased out so what does that tell you as to the low volume Z06 with the 2012 EPA and CAFE changes coming ?

      According to your thinking GM must maintain a wide back end only for 200 Z06s being sold a month rather then upgrading the base model and selling 4,000 a month of those.
      Your saying is because you got suckered into blowing 75 grand then screw those that only spend 45 grand.
      What is a real joke is if you spent another 20K you'd gotten the new ZR1 with a bullet engine, another 135 HP and have the real king of the hill when your Z06 can now be gotten for low 50K.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Sharp car...
      • 5 Years Ago
      C'mon, a Grand Sport is blue with red fender stripes and nothing else. Only the red one has stripes and they're grey, wft? This should be an option package, not a new model named Grand Sport unless it's ONLY available in blue with red stripes. I feel violated, and shall sit in the shower now rocking back and forth.
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