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2010 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe

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2010 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe

Benefits of Driving a 2010 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe

The Corvette comes with no less than 430 hp, even in base trim. Corvettes will never be mistaken for economy cars, but it does get a surprising 26 mpg on the highway with the 6-speed manual transmission. The 'Vette's value comes in its racing-derived engine and handling, its sexy curves, and grins per mile. All this comes at an entry price of just under $50,000.

What's new for 2010?

The Corvette gains a new model for 2010, the Grand Sport, a name that comes from the car's racing heritage. The package includes exclusive styling cues, improved handling and performance, and it comes in either a coupe or convertible body style. The base and Z06 models hang on in 2010, as does the ZR1 supercar, which was introduced last year.

Model Strengths

  • Classic American sports car
  • return of the Grand Sport edition
  • world-class supercar value

Model Review

With the addition of the Grand Sport model this year, there are several Corvettes to choose from. The Corvette coupe and convertible have a 6.2-liter, 430-hp V8 engine, known as the LS3, and a standard 6-speed manual transmission, though a 6-speed paddle-shift automatic is an option. The paddle shifter has been revised to include a 'push and hold' function to make it easier to transition back to automatic after you've had your fun through the chicanes.

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Source: The Car Connection

TheCarConnection.com has driven most of the Corvette range to report on editors' firsthand impressions here in this review. TheCarConnection.com's team also researched other reviews to bring you highlights so that you can have the most information possible on this iconic American sports car.

Chevrolet was always going to have a tough time improving on its Corvette line. Last year we saw the introduction of the mighty ZR1 supercar and a price cut for the base convertible; for the 2010 model year, the automaker brings out the big guns.

First and foremost is the introduction of a new Grand Sport model, which returns for 2010 with wide-body styling and race-bred suspension; it's available in either coupe or convertible body styles. The other major introduction is a new Launch Control system that comes standard on all manual 'Vettes and can make even the most amateur of drivers look like a pro at the traffic light.

We've tested the system on the road and track and find it to be truly impressive--no reservations, no qualifications. The new system modulates engine torque 100 times per second and is designed to give drivers optimal traction during full-throttle starts. In addition to the availability of the Launch Control system, the 2010 ZR1 gets what Chevy calls "Performance Traction Management" (PTM) technology, which holds a predetermined engine speed while the driver pushes the throttle to the floor. That allows the driver to quickly release the clutch, and the system modulates engine torque for the best traction during track driving.

But it's not just performance aspects that get our tick of approval for 2010. Side airbags now come standard on all models, as well as a range of updated colors, including the return of Torch Red.

Across the entire 2010 Chevrolet Corvette lineup, styling remains much the same as the previous year. After all, the Corvette is one of the sexiest cars on the road today, so there's no point mucking with the winning formula. The Z06 and ZR1 continue with their more muscular bodywork to cover the wider tires on those models, and the ZR1 still features a clear plastic window, which doesn't add much excitement, according to the styling gurus at TheCarConnection.com.

The Grand Sport adds a new dimension, essentially replacing the Corvette's previous Z51 package and bringing a greater degree of handling performance. Benefiting from wide-body styling, the Grand Sport also gets a Z06-style front splitter and rear spoiler, new brake ducts, and unique 18-inch wheels with 275mm tires up front and 19-inch wheels shod with 325mm rubber in the rear.

All Corvettes are pure performance inside, with a cockpit-inspired interior dominated by a large hooded gauge cluster, a high center console, and the usual dull GM plastics. An optional feature is the crossed-flags logo embroidery for seats, as well as a new cashmere trim for the Z06 and ZR1.

While the interior can be a little drab in appearance, once you floor the throttle all is forgotten as genuine excitement pours from each and every 2010 Chevrolet Corvette powertrain.

The base Corvette gets a potent 430-horsepower LS3 V-8 that displaces 6.2 liters and is good for a 0-60-mph run in just 4.1 seconds with the manual or 4.3 seconds with the automatic. An optional two-mode exhaust system (also available on the Grand Sport) brings a power rating increase to 436 horses and 428 pound-feet of torque. As the revs climb, the sound from these pipes is intense. While manual drivers get the new Launch Control system for 2010, customers picking the self-shifter will welcome a revised six-speed automatic paddle shift control that includes a "push and hold" feature to make returning to automatic mode simpler.

Sitting between the base Corvette and the sexy Z06 is the new Grand Sport. Powered by the same 430-horsepower and 424 pound-feet of torque LS3 V-8, the 2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport also gets wider wheels and tires, revised shocks, a new stabilizer bar and spring specifications, and new gearing. The equipment enables cornering capability of up to 1.0 g, as well as a 0.2-second improvement in 0-60-mph acceleration versus the standard LS3-powered models.

Grand Sport coupe models equipped with the manual transmission are outfitted for racetrack competition, too, with a dry-sump oiling system, a differential cooler, and a rear-mounted battery. The manual transmission also comes with specific gear ratios, while automatic models get a modified rear-axle ratio. The Grand Sport also gets Z06-spec brakes that include 13.4-inch rotors with six-piston calipers up front and four-piston calipers in back.

Next in line is the Z06, which brings Corvette owners into supercar territory thanks to its 7.0-liter LS7 V-8 that's capable of sending the car from 0-60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and see it reach a top speed of 198 mph. The 2010 version retains the 106-inch wheelbase of other Corvette models, as well as the short-long arm suspension and transverse spring design, but rides on all-new wheels, tires, and brakes, as well as its own rear spring and roll stabilizer. Peak output remains at 505 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. Buyers opting for the top-end 3LZ package now get powered sports seats for both driver and passenger.

Thanks to the mammoth amount of torque from either the base LS3 engine or the race-bred LS7, the 2010 Chevy Corvette is enjoyable to drive with the optional automatic but really comes alive with the manual, even though the shift action tends to be overly deliberate and notchy.

Sitting at the top of the ladder is the granddaddy of all Corvettes, the world-beating ZR1 supercar. Still packing a hand-built, supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 with 638 horsepower and 604 pound-feet of torque on tap, the ZR1 will rocket to 60 mph in only 3.4 seconds and blast through the quarter-mile in 11.3 seconds and with a 131-mph trap speed.

The ride of the current six-generation Corvette is vastly superior to previous versions that could best be described as agricultural by comparison. Even the 2010 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 (with its ultra-wide tires) rides well thanks to new tire technology and magnetic ride control. The available levels of performance combined with the compliant ride and overall refinement make these cars all the more special. For the right person, they can be daily transportation. When driven modestly on the highway, fuel economy can reach as high as 30 mpg.

In terms of comfort and quality, the 2010 Corvette has made great strides since the launch of the six-generation in 2005 and the slight update last year. Fit and finish, both inside and out, is solid, though the choice of trim and materials can leave you desiring something a little more premium. The seats are comfortable and provide good support, even on long drives, and during the several hundred miles we've spent behind the wheel, there was barely a squeak or rattle to detect.

For a sports car, visibility in the Corvette is quite good. Additionally, the rear storage provides a surprising amount of room with 22.4 cubic feet of cargo volume in the 2010 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe and a respectable 11 cubic feet of storage in the rear of the Convertible. The drop-top models use a layered fabric roof that isolates the cabin well from wet and cold but lets in a lot of road noise.

Safety is another strong point for the Corvette range. A four-channel ABS system is standard, as are stability and traction control and now front and side airbags as well. Unfortunately, the 2010 model still lacks side curtain airbags, which are usually standard on cars in the same price range as the Corvette.

The 2010 Chevrolet Corvette gets to tap into GM's deep well of tech features. High-end audio and voice-activated navigation systems are available, along with a growing list of services from GM's OnStar. In recognition of the reality of cell phones and other mobile communication devices, GM is now offering Bluetooth connectivity. An optional Bose audio system or an in-dash six-disc changer is available, while steering-wheel-mounted audio controls are standard on all models. One last highlight is that the Corvette, despite its supercar credentials, still comes with proper cup holders.


The Bottom Line:

Stupendously fast yet amazingly practical, the 2010 Chevrolet Corvette is the supercar you can live with.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Active Suspension System Opt
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Rear Body Side Air Bag Std

Road Visibility

HID Headlights Std
Daytime Running Lights Std
Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Std
Intermittent Wipers Std

Security

Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
Telematics Opt
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 5 Years/100,000 Miles
Corrosion 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance 5 Years/100,000 Miles

Chevrolet Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

2-Year/24,000-Mile1 CPO Scheduled Maintenance Plan.

12-Month/12,000-Mile2 Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty.

5-year/100,000-Mile3 Powertrain Limited Warranty.

1Covers only scheduled oil changes with filter, tire rotations and 27 point inspections, according to your vehicle's recommended maintenance schedule for up to 2 years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. Does not include air filters. Maximum of 4 service events. See participating dealer for other restrictions and complete details.

2Whichever comes first from date of purchase. See participating dealer for limited warranty details.

3Whichever comes first from original in-service date. See participating dealers for limited warranty details.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 2009-2014 model year / Under 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 172-Point Vehicle Inspection and Reconditioning
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Return/Exchange Program 3-Day 150-Mile Satisfaction Guarantee
Roadside Assistance Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $0

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