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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]
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.