This is my second vette to own. The Grand Sport s quality is outstanding and the power rivals my friends Z06. He wishes he would have waited for the Grand Sport. Both the interior and the exterior quality are superior to my old 2007 vette. This vette's scary fast and stops on a dime. This Vette Rocks! Germany, France, and Italy, America now has a real contender.
Didn't Actually buy the car, just drove it for a while. Great looking, with the fender flares, special GS striping, and big wheels. But the performance is very disappointing for the price. For a couple thousand more, you are at a ZO6, which is what this car imitates. Or you could drop the price 20k, and get a GT500, which has much more HP. My Trailblazer SS has less power, but jerks you to the back of your seat more when you floor it. Ride was also not as comfortable as my ZO6, which has a stiffer suspension. Also, Exhaust, which sounds really nice, sounds too electronic with how it only gets loud at around 3-4000 RPM. It is a good car, the price just needs to seriously be dropped
Torch Red, 4LT Coupe Premium Equipment Group ($7,705 -- includes cargo net, luggage shade, multilevel heated sport bucket seats with perforated leather seating surfaces, back angle adjustment, power-adjustable lumbar support and side bolsters, six-way power passenger seat, head-up display, universal home remote transmitter, Bluetooth phone connectivity, power telescoping steering column, memory package with two driver settings, seven Bose speakers, 1-year subscription to XM Satellite Radio, custom leather-wrapped interior package [leather-wrapped upper instrument panel, upper door trim panels and console storage cover, exclusive leather color and two-tone design, seat headrest "tonal" crossed flag embroidery, enhanced armrest padding and special bias pattern console trim plate]); PYE Grand Sport Chrome Aluminum Wheels ($1,995 -- includes 18-by-9.5-inch front and 19-by-12-inch rear chrome aluminum wheels); U3U AM/FM Radio With CD Player and DVD Navigation ($1,750 -- includes AM/FM radio with CD player, MP3 player, Radio Data System [RDS], seek and scan, digital clock, auto tone control, automatic volume and TheftLock, DVD navigation with GPS, 6.5-inch LCD color display touchscreen, voice recognition); Z15 Grand Sport Heritage Package ($1,195 -- includes two-tone leather seats, Grand Sport logo seat headrest embroidery, dealer-installed fender-stripe hash-mark design in [40A] Pearl White); NPP Dual-Mode Performance Exhaust ($1,195 -- includes dual-mode performance exhaust with 6 additional horsepower and aggressive exhaust sound), Pearl White Fender Stripe ($0), Pedal Covers ($295 -- dealer installed).
Needs a fairly high-rpm (about 2,800) launch to overcome big-tire bog. Best run was with slight spin/bog/go. Shifter is slick, but gates could be more distinct. Linear power up to soft rev limiter. Third gear is still pretty short, so the car needed 4th for the quarter-mile. I didn't bother with the launch control function due to previous less-than-optimal results.
Medium/soft pedal with little idle stroke. Some dive, distances improved with repeated runs and heat up to fifth stop.
Skid pad: Decent info from steering wheel regarding front/rear grip levels. Neutral with a whiff of understeer at the limit. With ESP on, it chopped the throttle a bunch. Slalom: Crisp turn-in and very neutral (and non-threatening) behavior allowed me to steer it with the throttle at the rear. Late turn-in with that quick front-end bite worked best to pass by the "back" of each cone rather than going parallel to it.