The 2010 Corvette Grand Sport


The revolution of American performance motoring

We have all heard about American cars being rubbish. In the luxury sector carmakers such as Cadillac do succeed, using steel girders, bits of cow and highly polished tree as its main interior components. This means although luxurious, Cadillacs have never been able to make their way around corners, with most paramedics so appalled at your lack of taste they often leave you to die in the coppice you over steered dramatically into.

So America could just about do luxury, but couldn’t make anything turn left or right because it used technology like the bouncy-castle to design its chassis and suspension. What America could do was make things sound extremely loud and go incomprehensively fast in a straight line. Hence the Chevrolet Corvette.The early Corvettes were glorious to look at and the gurgle of its V8 played with my senses like the gurgle of Italian coffee through a percolator.

It was a great car for blasting down long American roads but deadly on a meandering country b-road over in the UK with so much power being sent to the rear. There was so much power under the throttle in fact that just a single sneeze could mean missing four junctions on the M25.

Thankfully, today the Corvette has been made into a great car through various improvements to its comedy suspension and woeful steering. A 7.0 litre V8 still provides plenty of get up and go, but ventilated disc brakes all-round and independent suspension systems keep it in line when turning in.

Earlier this year Chevrolet confirmed that 2010 would see the latest Grand Sport version of the Corvette, now we have been issued with the pictures and specs. It will be a track-orientated deign, featuring wider wheels and tyres and a 0-60 mph time of under four seconds. Despite this, Chevrolet reckon it will still give 26mpg if driven sensibly, they also revealed how it will pull 1.0 G on the skid pad making the first bit of information somewhat irrelevant.

The 2010 Corvette Grand Sport will keep the original car’s good looks, with additional accessories to make it that bit more special. For Chevrolet, this model will continue to revolutionise the old Corvette’s image, placing it in direct contention with the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini.


~ by Rory White on November 9, 2009.

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