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Chicago Chevy Corvette Grand Sport finds middle ground for a real value

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Everyone who drives a car knows about Chevy’s Corvette. The car’s defining features are its style and power, both of which excel in the American automotive industry. Unfortunately, not everyone has had a chance to get behind the wheel of this legendary powerhouse. Chevy is making a push to change that with a brand new middle ground vehicle: the 2010 Chevy Corvette Grand Sport.

In order to revamp this classic vehicle, the Chevy Corvette Grand Sport is meant to appeal to midrange sports car drivers. It’s true: Corvette sales have taken a pounding, logging a 49 percent sales fall over the first seven months of 2009. Chevrolet is making a move to combat these dropping numbers by offering a vehicle that combines elements of the low-end ZO6 with elements of the high-end ZR1. After test-driving this high performing bad boy of the car industry at a Chicago suburban Chevrolet dealer, I can honestly say that the car should have a highly positive impact on sales for the rebounding American manufacturer General Motors.

Mixing elements of 1963 and 1996 Corvette models, the brand new Grand Sport clocks in at under four seconds moving from zero-to-60. The most obvious of borrowed elements is the 1996 model’s optional two front fender hash marks. The high performance vehicle features Goodyear F1 supercar tires, a dry sump pump for track racing, aggressive suspension and removable roof for hardtop models. A six-speed automatic transmission is available with the new Grand Sport but, like many sports cars, comes standard with a manual.

Starting at $55,720, the new wide body Corvette Grand Sport offers a more cost-effective alternative to the ZR1 but features the same quality and performance Corvette drivers have experienced with previous models. That’s a lot of bang for your buck when you visit your Chicago Chevy Corvette dealer.

Some of the dropping sales numbers for Chevy’s Corvette are a part of the onslaught the automotive industry has taken over the past year or so. While many manufacturers (including GM) are looking towards cutting-edge models and technology to save themselves, Chevy is helping itself by putting a new spin on an old car. Buyers like new models, but a lot of consumers out there are happy to see a familiar face. And the familiar face will be featured at Chicago Chevrolet dealers everywhere, so that should be a good enough reason for you to hightail it down to one and test-drive the brand new Grand Sport.

Stephanie Brinley, a Southfield-based analyst for the automotive research and consulting firm AutoPacific, had many kind things to say about the new Corvette. "It's a nice addition to the Corvette lineup...This is a good time in the Corvette's life to add to it. The Corvette has grown into a great vehicle that has a good balance between performance and daily usability.”

I have to agree with Ms. Brinley on this one. Head on down to your Chicago Chevrolet dealers and become a Chicago Chevy Corvette driver. You’re bound to love the mix of power and style this legendary vehicle has to offer.

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Frank Gaston is a Chicago-area auto enthusiast that blogs and contributes various articles to online automotive trade publications. His article
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Published: 2009-10-26
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