The Corvette has been an American favorite for quite some time and has changed sizes quite a bit over the years. In today’s form, the Corvette measures 174.6” in length, which is about 16” shy of the 2010 Ford Fusion (a midsize car). So calling it a small car is a little bit of a stretch from the exterior dimensions, but if you look at the interior space and cargo capacity it definitely isn’t a midsize car. Let’s face it, sports cars look hot, go fast and for daily use aren’t very practical for the majority of people. That said, they are still a lot of fun on the twisty back roads and at the local track day.

2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport

2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport

2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport

2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport

The 2010 Chevrolet Corvette has 21 different trim levels according to our partners over at TheCarConnection.com. With all those choices it could be hard to choose the right Vette, especially when they range from $48K to $106K. You can also get your choice of coupe or convertible. The 2010 Corvette Grand Sport is the middle of the road package, starting at a competitive MSRP of $54,770. In fact, the adds for the Grand Sport show the value proposition and positioning of this particular model by Chevrolet with the car having more horsepower than the Porsche 911 Carrera S and Targa 4. How much horsepower does the Grand Sport have? 430 horsepower. That is, well the same as the base model (Yes, you can squeeze a little more out with the dual mode exhaust). So what makes it so different than the base Corvette coupe?

The major difference is that the Grand Sport has flared fenders and almost two additional inches of track in the back and more than an inch of additional track in the front. It also comes equipped with the Z52 Performance Package that adds additional cooling and a dry-sump oil system as standard equipment. The Grand Sport also gets unique badging and an optional heritage package that adds dual hash marks on the front fenders in either silver or red. Driving the car out on the track is where you really notice the difference between the wide-body styling of the Grand Sport. The additional track in the front and back give it an extra sense of sure footedness in the corners. Out at High Plains Raceway during the Rocky Mountain Driving Experience we managed over 125 mph down the back straightaway, easily one of the fastest cars at the event besides the 2010 Dodge Viper. The possibility of 1g in lateral force didn’t hurt either.

For the full review of the 2010 Chevrolet Corvette click here.