Chevy Corvette Convertible, Grand Sport, ZR1: Photos, Information, & Review

December 8th, 2009 by WordPlop

General Motors – known in the past for solid steel and big block cars; currently known for putting out plastic crap. Not even the 2010 Chevrolet Corvette differentiates itself from this plastic extravaganza. Open a door and feel the plastic door panels creak. Take a seat inside, feel the not-so-solid backings of the seats on a $60,000 car wiggle back and forth. Let’s turn on the radio, hopefully the knob won’t fall off. And if you feel like opening the trunk, be sure not to press too hard, you might crack the plastic body panels.

We got a chance to see and feel the 2010 Corvette at the 2009 San Francisco Auto Show. The first thing we noticed was a peeling racing stripe decal (see picture below) on a car valued at $60K; you might expect racing stripes to actually be painted on a car of this caliber. After adoring the cool looking body, we took a seat inside only to find that the seats wiggle back and forth about ten inches; no big deal, I suppose they’re not clicked in. So we get out of the car, play with the seat controls, and they still wiggle like crazy. I asked a company representative about this issue: he checked the seats on the Corvette and told me they shouldn’t be doing that. He proceeded to another corvette, only to find the seats doing the same thing. And later, when we were looking at the SV 9 Competizione (which is built on the Corvette platform), we noticed the exact same problem. Enough about the seats – the whole interior creaks and the quality of it feels like it belongs in a ten year old, worn and used sedan. Well, to fish out some positives, it puts out amazing horsepower (436 HP for the Grand Sport and 638 HP for the ZR1) and excellent gas mileage (16 MPG city / 26 MPG highway for the Grand Sport and 14 MPG city / 20 MPG highway for the ZR1) for a price you can’t beat ($54,770 for the Grand Sport and $106,880 for the ZR1) – just don’t expect the 2010 Corvette to feel as sturdy and solid as, say, a Porsche or Ferrari.

EDIT: Well this is interesting: looks like GM just raised the MSRP on the 2010 Corvette ZR1 from $106,880 to $108,180 according to their website.

Photos taken December 2009 at the San Francisco International Auto Show.

Chevy Corvette Convertible

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Chevy Corvette Grand Sport Coupe

  • MSRP of $54,770 (the one pictured is $60,550)
  • LS3 6.2 Liter engine making 436 HP
  • Dry Sump Oil System
  • 6-Speed manual transmission
  • Active Handling
  • Traction Control System
  • 4 Wheel independent suspension
  • Power speed-sensitive variable ratio rack-and-pinion steering
  • Limited Slip Differential

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Chevy Corvette ZR1

  • MSRP of $106,880 (the one pictured is $121,000)
  • LS9 6.2 Liter Supercharged V8 making 638 HP
  • Dry Sump Oil System
  • 6-Speed manual transmission
  • Active Handling
  • Traction Control System
  • 4 wheel independent suspension
  • Power Speed-Sensitive Variable Ratio Rack-and-Pinion Steering
  • Limited Slip Differential

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