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2012 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Centennial Edition — Flash Drive

This 2012 review is representative of model years 2005 to 2013.
By Staff of MSN Autos

I've been looking forward to driving the modern Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport since it was first announced, and although convertibles don't generally entice me I still called in some favors to be able to drive this example for an entire weekend. What a treat! Although the GS has a run-of-the-mill Chevy V8 engine like most Corvettes, it is treated to the suspension from the racier Z06 model. And I love cars with performance-oriented suspension. The Corvette provided me with some great drives during my short stint with it. The suspension surpassed my expectations when driving along twisty roads. I was most surprised by how much I liked the interior - the feel of the materials is classy and comfortable. There were only two small disappointments for me: I experienced axle hop under hard acceleration, and once the tires did hook up the acceleration was not as quick as I expected. Nevertheless, I loved it! –Paul Hagger

Today's Corvette, in even its simplest form, is a world-class sports car capable of running with the top names in the sports-car world. The Grand Sport adds wider front and rear fenders, suspension upgrades and Z06-size brakes but stays with the standard 6.2-liter V8 engine. Our test car was a Centennial Special Edition in black metallic with black interior, black wheels and a 6-speed manual transmission — a potent package. The handling and braking are on par with a Z06 and the 6.2-liter still delivers plenty of punch. In cold, wet Seattle weather it requires a smooth throttle to keep the rear tires from breaking loose; stepping hard on the throttle will spin the tires at will at almost any speed and in several gears. The steering and suspension are precise and sophisticated, making it easy to control the Corvette even at its limits. Electronic aids will kick in if it gets too serious, but they are not intrusive and feel like they are there to help, not take over. The Corvette Grand Sport is so capable that a driver really can't explore the limits safely on public roads. A Grand Sport owner should hit a few lap days at a local racetrack to experience what this great sports car is all about. –Mike Meredith

If Darth Vader owned a Corvette, it would be this Centennial Edition. Painted black with black stripes, black wheels and black-backed headlights, this car looks positively evil. And being a Corvette, it has the power and throaty V8 exhaust to match that evil look. Inside, the 'Vette is surprisingly comfortable, with excellent seats and intuitive controls. The Corvette is normally great fun to drive, but in cold, rainy weather driving is more challenging than entertaining. Almost every turn results in a fishtail, and in hard acceleration, even third gear results in wheel spin. Luckily, the Corvette's stability control system is quite good, keeping even an aggressive driver out of trouble in the slick conditions we get in the Pacific Northwest. –Perry Stern

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