2011 Corvette Grand Sport Overview
The 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport returns after a very successful reintroduction as a 2010 model year vehicle. The Corvette Grand Sport was originally criticized as it was ‘just a replacement for the Z51 handling package’ but when the 2010 Grand Sport hit the market; it did so with rave reviews.
The 2011 Corvette Grand Sport offers Z06-like handling qualities and styling without the higher horsepower and high price tag of the 2011 Corvette Z06. The 2011 Grand Sport is powered by the same 430 horsepower LS3 as the standard 2011 Corvette but unlike the high performance Z06 and ZR1, the 2011 Grand Sport is available as a convertible so you can have your world class handling in a drop top Vette. Also, the Grand Sport offers an optional paddle-shifted automatic transmission in addition to the standard 6-speed manual transmission (Z06 and ZR1 are manual only).
The exterior of the 2011 Grand Sport features wider front fenders wide integrated Grand Sport badges with wider rear quarter panels as well. This wider body allows for a more aggressive stance and allows more room for the Grand Sport’s massive high performance tires. For 2011, the Grand Sport (and all other 2011 Corvette models) is available in two additional colors - Inferno Orange and Supersonic Blue – and there is a new option of selecting headlight housing painted in contrasting colors (Cyber Gray, Black or Blade Silver) to the exterior color. Finally, the 2011 Grand Sport wears the same front end splitter and rear spoiler that is found on the Z06.
The 2011 Corvette Grand Sport offers an automatic transmission and convertible option that is not available in the Z06 but the Grand Sport shares a massive brake system the pricier Z06, featuring 14-inch front rotors with six-piston calipers and 13.4-inch rear rotors with four-piston calipers. The Grand Sport also has functional ductwork to keep this high end braking system cool. Next, the 2011 Grand Sport has a race-tuned suspension very similar to the setup found in the Corvette Z06 with tuned shocks, springs and stabilizer bars to make this Corvette very capable on the track with skid pad adhesion over 1g. New for 2011, Grand Sport buyers can select the Magnetic Ride Control System from the Corvette ZR1 supercar – giving this low priced Corvette Grand Sport a suspension system that is nearly unparalleled around the world.
The goal for the 2011 Chevrolet Grand Sport is to offer handling capabilities that allows a buyer to take the car to the track on the weekends but the LS3 V8 offers improved fuel economy to make the 2011 Grand Sport a friendlier daily driver. Also, the use of the standard Corvette engine allows new Grand Sport buyers the handling capabilities of the Z06 and ZR1 in either a coupe or convertible with a price starting around $55,000 (coupe) to $59,000 (convertible). This is around a $5,000 markup from the base Corvette but falls well short of the $75,000 price tag of the Z06.