Vital Stats

Engine:
6.2L V8
Power:
430 HP / 424 LB-FT
Transmission:
6-Speed Manual
0-60 Time:
4.0 Seconds
Top Speed:
190 MPH
Drivetrain:
Rear-Wheel Drive
Curb Weight:
3,289 LBS
Seating:
2
MPG:
16 City / 26 HWY


After ripping around in the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 supercar and enjoying every tire-shredding moment, we were worried that the Corvette Grand Sport Coupe, its lesser sibling, would be a letdown. We were very wrong. Chevrolet has made sure its Corvette Grand Sport deliberately lacks the supercharger and bad-boy displacement of its big brothers, but its masterfully-tuned 6.2-liter V8 is nothing to laugh at, boasting 430 horsepower and 424 pound-feet of torque.
  • Power is more than abundant, and the soundtrack sent chills down our hardened spines (for best results, remove the silencing exhaust flapper fuse - it takes about three minutes).
  • Thanks to a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission (a 6AT is optional) and a limited-slip differential, this two-door will blast to 60 mph in about four seconds flat. Top speed, about 190 mph, is fast enough to lift a loaded commercial jetliner off the ground.
  • Our coupe, a 4LT model, arrived decked out in Arctic White paint with 60th Anniversary Design and 60th Anniversary Stripe packages. Some may consider the celebratory packages a bit gaudy, but it garnered more than a few compliments from passer-bys.
  • The Corvette's cabin might be getting woefully dated, but our car's diamond-blue leather upholstery helped this C6's cabin look about as good as we've ever seen it.
  • Taming a big American V8 isn't easy, but Chevrolet has done an excellent job. Upgraded with GM's Active Handling, unique body components and a higher, wider rear spoiler, our car also featured the Z52 Performance Package (bundled with a track-ready dry-sump oil system, differential cooler, sticky Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires and larger cross-drilled brakes).
  • While the Grand Sport starts at $56,000, our as-tested price, including the must-have Magnetic Selective Ride Control (magnetorheological shocks) and some other options, was about $70,340.
  • Despite being down a couple of hundred horsepower, we found the Grand Sport Coupe slightly more enjoyable than the ZR1 on public roads - its power is simply more useable. We could more easily put our foot to the floor coming out of the corners without worrying about kissing a guardrail or an immobile tree. The steering is razor-sharp, and the brakes and suspension were easily up to everything we could throw at them.
  • For maximum pleasure, enjoy the 2013 Corvette Grand Sport Coupe sans roof panel and with all the windows down. We did, often.


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      Teko
      • 2 Years Ago
      Grand Coupe? BMW believes this should have four-doors.
      Dean Hammond
      • 2 Years Ago
      although not exactly my cup of tea this car is absolutely amazing....albeit getting , stylistically wise\" a tad long in the tooth, but theres no denying how good the underpinnings are....
      mikeybyte1
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like the body colored spoiler on the hatch. Many models have it in black and it looks too tacked on.
      skiaholic85
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh and what's with the non matching accelerator pedal? Details GM, it's supposed to be about details.
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is the best current Corvette for everyday/overall usage. And with my own money, it'd be my pick. But in a different color combo.
      HUMANMPC2000
      • 2 Years Ago
      I will pick up a nice used 2012 G.S.certified convertible model in 2 year's for about 29k.Sense the C7 models is coming out soon,they will be giving away the C6's.
      john m
      • 2 Years Ago
      Of all the Vettes available, this would be the one I would get. Very nice. I didn't think I'd like the blue leather interior but it works nicely in this case. I'm really looking forward to the new one.
      FuelToTheFire
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Corvette really needs to grow up, as a car. To be successful in today's day and age, a car needs AWD, DCT, and a turbocharging system. AWD allows for better traction and grip, which leads to better track times. Dual clutches improve straight line acceleration and are easier and safer to use in a sports car. Turbochargers are much more weight efficient and fuel efficient than large displacement engines. In a perfect world, the Corvette would be an American interpretation of the GT-R.
        djpatrick35
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        Why? So the Corvette can gain 1,000 pounds and weigh as much as a GTR?
        Dark Gnat
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        We don't need (or want) an American GT-R.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        According to FuelEconomy.gov, Corvette gets 16/19/26. Nissan GTR gets 16/19/23 Whoops. might wanna check the facts before you post.
        Apex
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        That what we had in the mid 90's with the Dodge Stealth R/T Twin Turbo, (and the Mitsu 3000 GT twin), Nissan 300ZX Turbo, Toyota Supra Turbo, Toyota Celica GT AWD Turbo, RX-7 Turbo, Subaru SVX Turbo, what else...how well did those model fair in the long run against the front engine, V8, RWD Corvette???
        graphikzking
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        AWD will add about $2000 to the car's price. It will add another 300 lbs to the cars weight. Turbocharging will add another $4000 (It's not just the cost of the system but also the warranty related costs that mfg's factor in). Another 200 lbs as well with wiring, plumbing, intercooler, turbo etc. DSG will add another $2000 to the price as well as 75lbs. So basically you want a Corvette that is the following: $58,525 Lbs. 3,883 lbs. 450hp awd, dsg, turbo. I'd MUCH rather have a $49,000 3200lbs 430hp rwd.
        futuramautoblog
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        Nah... we should have choices. If everything becomes same, it's so boring! Different cars for different folks. Beautiful!
        inthelv
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        Um, not really wanting an American interpretation of anything. The Corvette is an an American sportscar. Period.
        Rr778
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        Awd degrades handling F1, NASCAR both rwd Cough Veyron handles worse than a 335is
          NissanGTR
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rr778
          F1 cars have so much grip that an awd system is not needed and it would hurt the aerodynamics. Nascar is in the stone age.
      Edward
      • 2 Years Ago
      Even your granny's Elantra has as much power per liter as this obsolete '50s motor. GM can do an OHC motor with a lot more power through breathing for aunt Sylvia's Malibu. How about it GM? You should be able to produce a 4+ liter OHC V8 with this much output easily. Isn't the tooling line paid for yet?.
        Nick B
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Edward
        Yea a 4+ liter OHC V8 that makes torque much later in the powerband as compared to the current LS' that have torque everywhere in almost every gear. Not to mention they are reliable and much more compact compared to a modern DOHC motor. (ever seen the size of the heads on a Ford DOHC 4.6? Good lord.) Its not always about numbers.
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Edward
        And I'd like to see a 4L 430hp V8 get even close to the fuel efficiency of a 430hp LS3 "obsolete '50s motor". The small block loses the arbitrary and completely pointless hp/L metric, but does pretty well in terms of more important things like a meaty, broad torque curve, compact dimensions, lower center of gravity, and lighter than DOHC engines of smaller displacement and much less torque and throttle response. And if you bring up turbocharging smaller displacement engines to make the torque you cant make with high revs with "vastly superior hp/L", consider that turbos are big and heavy, something not evident looking just at cylindrical displacement like a moron. A Nissan GTR's VR38DETT weighs 608lb. A ZR1's LS9 which is also weighed down with an air compressor, plumbing, and intercooling weighs 530lb. That monster motor is hella more reliable than the smaller displacement DOHC mill, and absolutely kills it in terms of output. Heck, a fairer fight would be the LS7, with roughly similar output to the GTR but weighing a scant 458lb and being physically smaller. But, by your logic, LULLZ the Corvette can only make 69, 72, or 103hp/L while the GTR produces 141.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Edward
        [blocked]
          protovici
          • 2 Years Ago
          You are totally right. I have no clue on what I am talking about. Hell, I am still trying to think why in the world I am alive! Huh, thanks for showing me the light!!
        protovici
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Edward
        That tooling line was paid for by giving their creditors the middle finger during the "recession" lol. Anyways, GM is starting to lose the power-per-liter unoffical contest!
      VDuB
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is that a typo? Is that suppose to say 2003? Deja vu driving past these on the dealer's lots... 10 years ago... Yawn. GM's target are those who are having a mid life crisis who hasn't made it yet in the world. Those who have made it will get a Viper.
      jerrysclassiccar
      • 2 Years Ago
      You obliviously don't own one. I have driven a vette since 88. I have seen them grow as a car. They are outstanding. You can put almost any supercar in the world, at 3 or more times the price, against a ZR1. The vette will win. The ZR1 embarrasses much more expensive Ferrari's and Lamborghini's. Which, might I add, have many of the described features you listed. The vette is a brawler! It loves to bloody your nose and keep kicking your ass! Just wait till late next year when the C7 comes out---more power and upgraded interiors!
      Blake Padron
      • 2 Years Ago
      $56k starting asking price for a car that has the old Malibu's steering wheel. Kinda sad how they couldn't at least come up with a different steering wheel for the Corvette when they made it. Good thing the new one is coming soon. Hopefully that one doesn't reach into the GM parts bin too much as well. Anything that costs this much should set itself apart in good ways not bad.
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