Love that Corvette


The model that I drove was the 2011 GS (Grand Sport) convertible in Velocity Yellow with the Grand Sport badging and, subtle, yet distinctive hash mark striping on each fender. There is something about the Corvette that takes people’s collective breath away. Park this car in a restaurant lot and it is almost certain that there will be a few folk circling it when you return. The only negative that I heard from the crowd was that they would have picked a color other than the Velocity yellow. I sometimes feel that high performance sports cars scream macho, but the Grand Sport was just right for this 5’2” driver and people wanted rides…but they didn’t want to come home. I begged the manufacturer to leave it forever and the day before it was to be picked up I told them not to bother since the Corvette and I had eloped and were off to points unknown. Alas, they came and got it anyway.

The performance package was amazing, with a marriage of engine, drivetrain and suspension was outstanding. The car always felt as though I had it under control even on roads with hairpin turns and dips. The 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes were also a good match – another element that seemed to be an organic part of this package. For the tech savvy, these are 6 piston front and 4 piston rear cross drilled brakes. The 2011 Grand Sport exceeded my expectation. The model tested (base price $58,600) had the 4LT Premium Package ($9,700) for the interior that adds considerable comfort and performance. The Grand Sport Heritage Package plus the 6 speed paddle shift automatic transmission, navigation system and Bose electronics along with the special color and dual mode exhaust system completed the “ride”. The additional extras brought the price of Grand Sport to $74,855.

Since this is a true two-seater the frontal and side impact airbags for both driver and passenger are enough. And six months of included OnStar with automatic airbag deployment and turn-by-turn nav should convince a buyer to extend the coverage. (While it has been around a long while now, OnStar still remains a super bargain for GM owners.) Daytime running lights – a standard on GM vehicles – is something that every manufacturer should include on everything.

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