2011 CHEVY CORVETTE GRAND SPORT BACKGROUND
Of course, the Grand Sport name has been applied to track-oriented and racing Corvettes since 1963, which raced in 24-hour endurance races and GTs in Europe, with great success. Fast forward to modern times. The 6th-gen (C6) Corvette, launched in 2005, was ready for an upgrade. Chevrolet had revived the hallowed Grand Sport name a few times so far, and applied it to the C6 starting in 2010. The focus was not on all-out horsepower, but in handling. With 430 horses on tap already, they wanted to get that power to the ground in a way that drastically-reduced lap times for their track-oriented customers.
2011 CHEVY CORVETTE GRAND SPORT UPGRADES Chevy started with the base Corvette, already an excellent-handling car, then upgraded the suspension, brakes, enlarged the wheel/tire package, widened the rear body to accommodate the added tire size. A freer-flowing exhaust bumped horsepower by 6 and torque by 4 pound-feet. The big news for the 2011 Chevy Corvette Grand Sport was the new option of F55 Magnetic Selective Ride Control, a $1,695 option that propelled the Grand Sport to 1.06 g’s of lateral force on the skidpad. Unheard of for a street car in 2011. A convertible body style was also available as a Grand Sport, and was in fact the fastest production Corvette convertible in history, up to that point.