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Posts Tagged ‘Grand Sport’

The 1200-hp Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse.

Posted in cars on February 25th, 2012 by admin

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Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. is set to unveil the most powerful roadster of all time at the 82nd International Geneva Motor Show at the beginning of March 2012.

With an increase in power up to 1,200 HP, the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse has entered a new dimension of open-top driving. Optically aligned to the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, which holds the current world speed record of 431 km/h (268 mph), the Vitesse also impresses with its dynamic driving characteristics.

Bugatti’s engineers have developed the current Grand Sport, with its 1,001 HP and 1,250 Nm, into an even more powerful vehicle. The Vitesse’s maximum torque is now an impressive 1,500 Nm. The increased power of the new roadster’s 16-cylinder engine is made possible by the four enlarged turbochargers and intercoolers. The chassis has also been modified to support the power increase. The Vitesse therefore also ensures the supreme range of excellent features one would expect of a Bugatti super sports car, from precise driving dynamics to extraordinary acceleration and braking.
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Can You Boss The Grand Sport? 2012 Mustang Boss 302 And 2011 Corvette Grand Sport.

Posted in cars, Reviews on July 9th, 2011 by admin

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Could this be it?  Could this be the Mustang that can go toe-to-toe with the Corvette?  We took a pre-production 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 and a 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport convertible on a journey to find out.  Our plan was to drive from Houston to Austin, following a route we selected that consisted of seldom traveled back roads that were smooth, fast, curved and banked in all the right places.  We had planned to depart Houston with enough daylight to really enjoy the back roads, however, plans changed and our departure time changed but our route had not.  We would now be facing these smooth, fast, curved and banked roads in the dark – making this slightly more challenging than planned.

A production Mustang has never really been a rival to a production Corvette.  Mustangs have always been heavier than and not nearly as focused on handling as the Corvette.  That being said, the Corvette has always been priced significantly higher than the Mustang, so it is no surprise the Corvette has always outperformed the Mustang.


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The 2010 Corvette Grand Sport – Can You Deal With It?

Posted in cars, Reviews on September 28th, 2010 by admin

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So, there we were on a Thursday night and each of us had already put in 8 – 9 hours at the office. I had invited a friend to deal with the task of testing a car – not just any car – but a crystal red, 6-speed, 2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport coupe. As we stood around the car, sipping our Monster, taking stock of what options the car had, the question of what to do first came up. Like any half-hatched driving adventure plan, the decision was made to make the decision while driving – so we set off.

With the Passport 8500×50 installed, our route was simple and our plan even simpler. Get on the freeway and head south towards Houston – away from the scattered showers that earlier in the evening made the 436 hp Grand Sport an absolute hoot to slide around turns on some back roads.

This drive was to be more than just a joyride; we were looking to finally answer one of the questions we had spent many hours on the golf course arguing over, without ever making a solid conclusion.

You get one car, for one year, you can’t sell it to buy more cars and you daily drive it. Would you take an American sports car or an American sports sedan – and why?
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2010 Corvette Grand Sport Photo

Posted in cars on September 2nd, 2010 by admin

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2010 Corvette Grand Sport.  Galveston, TX

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Something Old (and blue) & Something New

Posted in cars on August 4th, 2010 by admin

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While putting the 2010 Grand Sport through its paces, we stumbled across the Sam Houston Corvette Club out enjoying the same smooth back road twists and turns we were.

According to one member of the club, there were 44 Corvettes in the pack this day. The pack included several C6 Z06′s, a Callaway prepared 2010 Grand Sport, clean C5 Z06′s, a C4 Greenwood LT4 car, but the one we were most interested in was the predecessor to our car – the 1996 Grand Sport.

Grand Sport edition Corvettes have only been produced in 1963, 1996 and now 2010, so running across a real 1996 GS was quite a surprise.

GM built 1,000 limited edition Grand Sports for the 1996 model run… 810 coupes and 190 convertibles. GM records indicate that of these, 976 Domestic (US), 13 Canadian, and 11 European exports were produced. [Grand Sport Registry]

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Tour of the Texas coast in a 2010 Grand Sport

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Houston, We Have Launch Control!

Posted in cars on August 4th, 2010 by admin

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All 2010 Corvettes, equipped with the manual transmission, come with launch control. Launch control is engaged by selecting Competitive Driving mode, smashing the right pedal to the floor (revs shoot to about 4,500 and the computer holds them there), pop the clutch (sounds very counterintuitive – I know) and just try to keep a stupid grin off your face.

The computers monitor wheel spin and do whatever it takes to find perfect balance between applying full power and traction.

Any manual purest will tell you there are very few things more rewarding than nailing a perfect launch. Using launch control completely removes the sense of joy, but what you lose in personal satisfaction is more than made up in Holy Cow – That Was Amazing!

As a bonus, using the Corvette launch control will not void your warranty and will not result in a flat bed trip to the dealer (GTR – ouch).

The Audi R8 5.2 is the only other true manual transmission car, we can think of, with launch control.

Tour of the Texas coast in a 2010 Grand Sport.

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The 2010 Corvette Grand Sport – Can You Deal With It?

Posted in cars on August 1st, 2010 by admin

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So, there we were on a Thursday night and each of us had already put in 8 – 9 hours at the office. I had invited a friend to deal with the task of testing a car – not just any car – but a crystal red, 6-speed, 2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport coupe. As we stood around the car, sipping our Monster, taking stock of what options the car had, the question of what to do first came up. Like any half-hatched driving adventure plan, the decision was made to make the decision while driving – so we set off.

With the Passport 8500×50 installed, our route was simple and our plan even simpler. Get on the freeway and head south towards Houston – away from the scattered showers that earlier in the evening made the 436 hp Grand Sport an absolute hoot to slide around turns on some back roads.

This drive was to be more than just a joyride; we were looking to finally answer one of the questions we had spent many hours on the golf course arguing over, without ever making a solid conclusion.

You get one car, for one year, you can’t sell it to buy more cars and you daily drive it. Would you take an American sports car or an American sports sedan – and why?

In our hours spent of pointless arguing, we could not agree on the conclusion. Deal with the hassles and headaches of your only car being a true sports car, such as the 2010 Corvette Grand Sport. Or opt for a more practical, easier to tolerate sports sedan, such as a Chrysler 300c SRT8.

In all honesty, at the beginning of our southbound drive, there was no argument. We were in complete agreement that a sports car, such as the Grand Sport we were in, was the way to go. The Grand Sport was surprising both of us; it was doing everything we asked of it, and doing it very well. It easily handled the rain soaked Houston freeways that caused more than one car to spin out in front of us. It was surefooted in these less than ideal conditions, even while operated at higher than recommended speeds.  Not only does the 2010 Grand Sport share the great looks of the Z06, with its functional ram air inlet and rear brake cooling ducts, but it also shares its superb suspension and brakes (6 piston front / 4 piston rear).

The weather radar on our smart phones revealed the rain showers were mostly north of downtown Houston. We were looking forward to finding a couple of locations where we could capture the beautiful downtown Houston skyline behind our freshly rain-washed Grand Sport. As we neared the buildings, our photo op of the city lights was obscured by low clouds, so we continued south. The further south we went, the wet and congested freeway became a dry and open freeway. It was there on that southbound, dry, empty freeway (closed course, professional driver, do not attempt, etc.) we discovered what the 3,311 pound Grand Sport was capable of (that silver LS1 Z28 sure found out also).

Our wide-open freeway eventually became a strictly-enforced speed-limit main street of a small town near the Texas coast. We pulled into a gas station to stretch our legs, refuel on Monster and Red Bull, and survey the astonishing number of bugs plastered to the bumper, fog lights and lower grill. So we began our discussion of the inevitable: Would you daily drive this car over a sports sedan? Although its extremely low and long nose had scraped a couple of minor dips while pulling into the gas station, I was still sold on the Grand Sport being a tolerable daily driver. My equally sleep deprived buddy was starting to change gears. While he continued to praise the Grand Sport for what it is, and what we had done with it so far, the nose scrape and the constant drone of the massive 325/30/19 Goodyear F1 run flat rear tires were beginning to taking the shine off the idea of daily driving this car.

We were back on the road, now heading northeast along the coast.  Texas coastal drives are not known for their beauty…in fact, they are hardly known at all, and for good reason. The drive up the Texas coast is no A1A, US1 or PCH, but in the middle of the night, all coastal drives look alike. The dark, deserted, sand covered, bendy roads provided a great opportunity to see just how much fun Competition Mode would allow. We can confirm Competition Mode gives you almost complete control to slide the rear a perfect amount while the Grand Sport’s computers keep the car moving in the proper direction. Once the roads straightened and the fun subsided, we began to be tailed by a local law enforcement officer whose mission (contrary to what we had feared) was only to get a closer look at the new Grand Sport.

The drive so far had provided some exciting driving opportunities but almost no photo opportunities, so as we approached Galveston, with our sand and salt covered Grand Sport, it was time to get down to business and shoot some pictures of the car. Still dark and still along the coast of Texas, we had few options of where to get decent photos of the car. We settled on turning the main drive of the San Luis Hotel and Resort into our studio – it worked out well and the staff put up very little resistance. While shooting photos, we attracted the attention of a Galveston Island cab driver, who surprised us with his knowledge of Corvettes and Corvette history but had relatively little knowledge of the new Grand Sport. The cabby’s interest in learning about the car gave us an opportunity to talk about the 6.2L LS3 engine, the close ratio 6 speed transmission, the optional dual-mode exhaust, the optional Grand Sport heritage appearance package and optional touch screen navigation, all of which our test car was equipped with. After swearing a 2010 Grand Sport would be his next Corvette, he entertained us with a couple of colorful stories, only of which a cab driver working the graveyard shift could.

Heading back towards Houston, still sleep deprived and still looking for photo ops in the pitch black morning hours, we were feeling good about avoiding low flying pelicans and not driving into Galveston Bay, the questionable decision to head back to the coast for some sunrise shots was made. After our drive back, we parked along the seawall with the intensions of shooting more photos, yet found ourselves (the Grand Sport) as the center of attention for many of the early morning joggers. In between photosets and dodging traffic we were peppered with questions about the car from joggers whom we later decided were probably just looking for an excuse to stop jogging for awhile.

Now that the sun was up and Houston’s infamous rush hour traffic had begun, we decided to take the least direct route back towards the Houston area. Our return journey took us on a ferry ride to Bolivar Peninsula (which was and still is depressingly devastated by Hurricane Ike) and along some remarkably smooth, fast back roads through farm county. On our journey back home we stopped a couple of times for photos and coffee and of course fielded more questions and comments about the car at each stop.

After our less than scientific test to determine if you can deal with daily driving a sports car, such as the 2010 Corvette Grand Sport (averaged 20.5 mpg on the drive), we still could not agree. I say, yes, absolutely, you can deal with daily driving a true sports car. The joys of driving a proper sports car can easily outweigh the hassles that my buddy relentlessly pointed out. Could a new Cadillac CTS-V have what it takes to put the great debate to rest – we hope to find out soon.

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How To Make Your Corvette With Dual Mode Exhaust Go From Mild To Wild

Posted in cars on July 31st, 2010 by admin

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Introducing the cheapest and best C6 mod … in the world.


As you may have noticed, a C6 with the optional Dual Mode Exhaust sounds fantastic on start up, but that wonderful tune is extremely short lived.

Take a look in the pipes and you’ll see the two center pipes have butterfly valves. These valves are in the flow through position only on start up or at 3500+ rpm.

Here is how to solve that problem in about 45 seconds (zero tools needed):

In the passenger side kick panel, fold the carpet down exposing the fuse box and (with the car off) remove the bottom right fuse.

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Start the car, go for a cruise and fall in love with your C6 all over again.

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