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The Return of the Corvette Grand Sport

2010 Corvette Grand Sport
Chevrolet dipped into the past for 2010 with the introduction of the Grand Sport Corvette. Fender styling inherited from the Z06 and ZR1 - dubbed "wide body" by the Corvette community - was part of the bargain. Larger wheels (front: 18" x 9.5"; rear: 19" x 12") made the flaring necessary.

The option was a tribute to a 1963 series of five racing Corvettes that were the brainchild of Zora Arkus-Duntov. Zora produced the Grand Sports on the sly but when his bosses learned of their existence, the program was axed since it violated corporate policy. A Grand Sport Corvette was also available in 1996, the last year of the C4.

2010 Corvette Grand Sport
Although it wouldn't be fair to refer to the 2010 Corvette Grand Sport as a "Z06 lite", it does share some important bits with the track day favorite. Besides the fender areas, upgrades from the base cars include dry-sump oiling system, differential cooler and a rear-mounted battery. The latter three are only possible when the Grand Sport edition is a coupe equipped with a manual transmission. Although automatic transmissions and convertibles are available with the Grand Sport, they do not come with those race car inherited items. The reasons behind this dividing line can't be found in the GM press release but Corvette enthusiasts can draw their own conclusions.

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2010 Corvette Grand Sport
Other important performance parts shared with the Z06 include the brakes, which feature six piston calipers in front and four piston calipers in the rear. Functional brake ducting and the rear spoiler and front splitter is also the same as found on the Z06. Fitted to the larger wheels are the same Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires as found on the Z06. Also shared with the Z06 are the sway bars although the springs and shock absorbers are exclusive to the Grand Sport. The Grand Sport package replaces the Z51 suspension option of previous years.
2010 Corvette Grand Sport LS3 engine with manual transmission and dry sump oil system The Grand Sport engine is the same 6.2 liter (376 cubic inches) LS3 that propels the coupe and convertible Corvettes. It is rated at 430 hp. The optional dual mode exhaust system (RPO NPP; $1,195) ups the power to 436 hp.

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Features found on the Z06 but not in the Grand Sport include the 427 cubic inch displacement LS7 motor and the Z06's price tag; Although the Grand Sport is approximately $6000 more than the basic Corvette, it is almost $20,000 less than the Z06. Also note that the Grand Sport is available as both a Targa roofed coupe and a convertible where the Z06 is exclusively fixed roof. This is because the Grand Sport is built on the same steel chassis as the coupe and convertible, not the aluminum backbone that the Z06 relies on. The scales conclude the story with the Z06 weighing 150 pounds less.

2010 Corvette Options, Prices

RPO Description Production Price
2LT Equipment Group - Coup 1,193 (9.78%) $1,545.00
2LT Equipment Group - Convertible 686 (5.63%) $3,540.00
2LZ Equipment Group - Z06 1,654 (13.56%) $3,015.00
3LT Equipment Group - Coup 3,256 (26.70%) $4,555.00
3LT Equipment Group - Convertible 1,974 (16.19%) $6,550.00
3LZ Equipment Group - Z06 1,163 (9.54%) $6,515.00
3ZR Equipment Group - ZR1 1,202 (9.86%) $10,000.00
45U Velocity Yellow Exterior Paint 694 (5.69%) $850.00
4LT Equipment Group - Coup 431 (3.53%) $7,705.00
4LT Equipment Group - Convertible 541 (4.44%) $9,700.00
85U Jetstream Blue Exterior Paint 969 (7.95%) $850.00
89U Crystal Red Exterior Paint 1,714 (14.06%) $850.00
C2L Dual Removeable Roof Panels 1,050 (8.61%) $1,400.00
CC3 Removeable Roof Panel, Transparent 1,336 (10.96%) $750.00
D30 Non Recommended color / trim / top combo 86 (0.71%) $590.00
F55 Magnetic Selective Ride Control 2,334 (19.14%) $1,995.00
MX0 Six Speed Automatic Transmission 6,913 (56.69%) $1,250.00
NPP Dual Mode Exhaust System 6,268 (51.40%) $1,195.00
OB1 Crossed Flag Headrest Emboidery 1,679 (13.77%) $300.00
PYD Competition Gray Aluminum Wheels (Grand Sport) 534 (4.38%) $395.00
PYE Chrome Aluminum Wheels (Grand Sport) 4,693 (38.49%) $1,995.00
Q44 Competition Gray Aluminum Wheels (Z06) n/a $395.00
Q44 Competition Gray Aluminum Wheels (Z06) 84 (0.69%) $395.00
Q6B Chrome 20 Spoke Aluminum Wheels (ZR1) 1,347 (11.05%) $2,000.00
Q6J Competition Gray Aluminum Wheels (ZR1) 123 (1.01%) $395.00
Q76 Chrome Aluminum Wheels (Z06) 82 (0.67%) $1,995.00
Q8A Spider Chrome Aluminum Wheels (Z06) 286 (2.35%) $1,995.00
Q9V Forged Chrome Aluminum Wheels (Coup, Convertible) 2,617 (21.46%) $1,850.00
QX1 Competition Gray Aluminum Wheels (Coup, Convertible) 183 (1.50%) $395.00
R8C Museum Delivery 307 (2.52%) $490.00
R8E Gas Guzzler Tax (ZR1) 1,577 (12.93%) $1,300.00
U3U AM, FM, CD Navigation (Bose) 6,626 (54.34%) $1,750.00
US9 AM, FM Six Disc CD 1,905 (15.62%) $395.00
VK3 Front License Plate Bracket 7,952 (65.21%) $15.00
VPK Exterior Appearance Package 10 (0.08%) $2,110.00
VPL Exterior Appearance Package (w / Wheels) 11 (0.09%) $5,475.00
Z15 Grand Sport Heritage Package 1,531 (12.56%) $1,195.00

Total Production: 12,194
Coupe: 3,054 (25.05%)
Convertible: 1,003 (8.23%)
Z06: 518 (4.25%)
ZR1: 1,577 (12.93%)
Grand Sport Coupe: 3,707 (30.40%)
Grand Sport Convertible: 2,335 (19.15%)

Notes: Base Corvette Coup with 6.2L 376 cu. in. 430 hp engine and six speed manual transmission: $49,880.00.
Base Corvette Convertible with 6.2L 376 cu. in. 430 hp engine and six speed manual transmission: $54,530.00. Grand Sport Corvette Coup with 6.2L 376 cu. in. 430 hp engine and six speed manual transmission: $55,270.00.
Grand Sport Corvette Convertible with 6.2L 376 cu. in. 430 hp engine and six speed manual transmission: $59,530.00.
Z06 Corvette Coup with 427 cu. in. 505 hp engine and six speed manual transmission: $75,235.00. ZR1 Corvette Coup with 6.2L 376 cu. in. 638hp engine and six speed manual transmission: $107,830.00.


2010 Packages
RPO Description Contains Production Price
2LT

Equipment Group Convertible

Includes side impact air bags, sports seats, six way power passenger seat, cargo net and luggage shade 214 (1.75%) $3,190
2LZ

Z06 Preferred Equipent Group

Includes side air bags, power telescopic steering column, auto dimming mirrors, heated seats, RPO U2K, cargo net, luggage shade and homelink 193 (1.58%) $2,665
3LT

Preferred Equipment Group Coupe

Includes 2LT items + heads-up display, power telescopic steering column, auto dimming mirrors, memory package, heated seats, RPO US9 radio, compass and homelink 3,458 (28.36%) $4,205
3LT

Preferred Equipment Group Convertible

Includes 2LT items + heads-up display, power telescopic steering column, auto dimming mirrors, memory package, heated seats, RPO US9 radio, compass and homelink 2,304 (18.89%) $6,200
3LZ

Preferred Equipment Group Z06

Includes 2LZ items + leather wrapped interior and bias pattern console trim 193 (1.58%) $7,170
3ZR

Preferred Equipment Group ZR1

Includes 2LZ items + power-adjustable, leather-trimmed sport seats (embroidered with the ZR1 logo); Bose audio system; navigation; Bluetooth; custom leather-wrapped interior 1,426 (11.69%) $10,000
4LT

Equipment Group Convertible

Includes 2LT and 3LT items + crossed flags headrest embroidery 541 (4.44%) $9,700
4LT

Equipment Group Coupe

Includes 2LT and 3LT items + crossed flags headrest embroidery 431 (3.53%) $7,705

Colors

Code Exterior Quantity Interior Soft Top
10 Arctic White 965 (7.91%)
17 Blade Silver 974 (7.99%)
41 Black 2,930 (24.03%)
45 Velocity Yellow 694 (5.69%)
57 Cyber Gray 1,699 (13.93%)
70 Torch Red 2,249 (18.44%)
85 Jetstream Blue 969 (7.95%)
89 Crystal Red 1,714 (14.06%)

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