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The Grand Sport replaces the Z51 in the model lineup as the highest-performing "base" car, but it also allows folks to enjoy the killer wide-body stance and presence of a Z06 in a less extreme package that permits open-air motoring in either the removable-roof hatchback or convertible bodystyles.
Whether cruising to the country club or to Key West to park in front of Sloppy Joe's, the Z06 will get you noticed. Corvettes -- all Corvettes -- are distinctive, iconic and easily recognizable.
Low-slung and wide, the Corvette sports swoopy exterior styling and bulging front fenders.
Unlike the original 1963 race spec Grand Sport or the 1996 limited run GS, this one has matching stripes on driver and passenger side — a little spit in the eye of tradition, but unless you're a stickler, it's pretty neat, especially when you notice the Corvette crossed-flags emblem in the corner of the leading stripe.
Those who can look past the interior won't have any real complaints with the car though. Cars that are faster, handle better, or offer more refinement cost so much more than a Corvette that you really start to wonder how much interior refinement is worth
The 2011 Chevrolet Corvette range spans three different body types with five total variants: three coupes and two convertibles, available in varying degrees of edgy styling.
Although called a coupe, the base model is really a targa with a removable roof panel, as is the Grand Sport Coupe. The Z06 and ZR1 have traditional fixed roofs, but all of the targas/coupes present the iconic Corvette profile. The convertibles (base and Grand Sport) offer the same basic look, with the ability to let the soft top down.
The Grand Sport builds on the low-slung, purposeful look of the base model with the Z06's wider fender flares, upgraded alloy wheels, front spoiler, and optional vinyl graphics. The Z06 looks much the same, though it is available in a few exclusive colors. The ZR1 is the most attention-grabbing of the lot, with the widest flared fenders, larger air intakes, and a clear panel on the hood to show off the supercharged engine.
The interior is essentially the same across the range, with the Grand Sport, Z06, and ZR1 adding unique badging. The leather upgrade package is nearly a must-have, dramatically improving the look and feel of the entire cabin. The design and layout of the interior is generally regarded as clean and uncluttered, however, with functionality and ease-of-use at the forefront.
From the outside, every 2011 Corvette model is a stunner, but the interior doesn't live up to as high a standard.