2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Convertible Review: An Unconventional Bachelorette’s Ideal Ride

This open-air Chevy gives new meaning to the pre-wedding party phrase “Take your top off.”

2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Convertible Review pictureThe 2019 Chevrolet Grand Sport Convertible, By the Numbers:

Base Price (Price as Tested): $69,495 ($92,605)
Powertrain: 6.2-liter V-8, 460 horsepower, 465 pound-feet; eight-speed paddle shift automatic transmission; rear-wheel-drive
EPA Fuel Economy: 15 mpg city, 25 mpg highway
0-60 MPH: 3.6 seconds (manufacturer claim)
Max Speed the Top Can Be Dropped At: 30 mph
Quick Take: This sporty and aggressive-while-topless ‘Vette splits the difference between performance and price point, and it’s perfect for a weekend getaway car.

See all Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport specs and pricing information here.

One Big Question: Corvette owners and drivers often suffer titles like DouchebagEternal Bachelor, or Midlife Crisis Guy (or all of the above). So, what does it say about you if you’re driving a new Corvette Grand Sport—and you happen to be a female celebrating a combined bachelorette party with your future wife?

When I asked our fleet manager to help me come up with the perfect car for my bachelorette party weekend—which I was planning to share with my fiancée for a co-ed, multi-friend-group, celebratory mash-up—he suggested an unorthodox ride for an unorthodox party. You can easily picture a bachelordriving a $92,000 Grand Sport to his party, but what about a bachelorette? I like to play with boundaries of all kinds, so I quickly agreed.

Then I let Future Wife know we’d need to ask someone else to drive our dog home from the party.

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My long weekend with this shimmering Ceramic Matrix Gray Metallic rocket was my first experience piloting a Corvette. (It’s also my first time getting married, for the record.) When I slid into what can only be described as a cockpit, with the all controls angled toward the driver, I giggled. I revved the beastly V-8 engine, testing out the Grand Sport’s lungs, knowing full well I’d be turning heads my whole time with this vehicle.

I also knew my fiancée might hate it. standing in front of 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Convertible

Chevrolet Grand Sport Convertible: The Pros

  • A Corvette is so genuinely recognizable, and my loaner was on visual-option crack. $3,995 Visible Carbon Fiber Ground Effects Package? Obviously. $1,995 Visible Carbon Fiber Hood? You betcha. Carbon fiber aside, this vehicle’s exterior design is aggressive beyond belief. Anytime I parked it, I’d return to people ogling or snapping pictures. Out of all the test cars I’ve driven, I’ve never seen people react like this. There is a magnetism you can see when you’re driving this thing in the wild, away from any auto journalist parking lots lousy with pretty toys. The special nature, the uniqueness, is palpable and intoxicating.
  • It was also interesting to watch my fiancée’s view of the car defrost as she experienced these reactions, considering she muttered, “Ridiculous…” when I pulled up to the house the first time.
  • I loved the way the interior was designed to be all about the driver. Absolutely everything was pointed at the left seat, save for a separate set of passenger’s seat climate controls. And as the person behind the wheel, I can say the layout was easy to take in and work with—everything was in reach. It should come as no shock that carbon fiber was dripping all over the interior as well, courtesy of a $1,595 option.
  • Just like the interior, the actual driving experience is designed for the person behind the wheel. Flooring this American sports car made me want to tattoo the Stars and Stripes on my neck. The power is there everywhere—and the adjustable-mode exhaust is lovely, since it match that power with equally-boisterous sound. The performance suspension and magnetic ride control make dealing with America’s shoddy roads an easy task, and body roll was minimal while careening through the paved curves of upstate New York.
  • Dropping the top couldn’t be easier—and that’s key for a convertible, especially for one at this price point. One simple button, and you’re done—not to mention the fact that you can put the top up or down at up to 30 mph. 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Convertible rear end pic

    Chevrolet Grand Sport Convertible: The Cons

    • A mid-$60K base price for a car of this caliber is incredibly appealing, but you can easily option it out of anything approaching affordable. My Grand Sport came in 3LT trim, which is a $9,745 upgrade over the base. That does bring great features like the curb view front cameras that keep you from blemishing the Corvette’s face while parking, but potential buyers may find the mid-level 2LT trim to come in at a better price point, while still including plenty of goodies.
    • There are many tech features in the Grand Sport…but most are good, not great. The backup camera and front curb cameras project a low-res image, and the infotainment graphics feel a bit dated to my eyes.
    • Active safety features are fairly minimal. Some may find that pleasing in our tech-saturated world. But you’re going to need to put the top down if you want to know who’s in your blind spot.
    • Eye-catching as the Grand Sport Convertible may be, sophisticated it isn’t. The styling can tread to near gaudy. When we pulled up to our bachelorette house, the majority of our friends reacted with some version of, “What on earth are you guys driving?” A few gleefully asked for rides, but it was notable that the reactions weren’t full of lust or refined appreciation. This is where, I think, the Corvette’s reputation comes into play. 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Convertible interior picture

      Chevrolet Grand Sport Convertible: Value 

      Corvettes are an anomaly in the automotive world—cars seemingly without true, direct competitors. You could ostensibly put the Grand Sport Convertible against a Porsche 718 Boxster S, or the 911 Carrera, but they offer very different vibes and personalities. But importantly, performance isn’t lacking in the Grand Sport Convertible, and neither is the truly American flair. If a strong bit of showiness is what you’re seeking, then the Grand Sport Convertible is a fantastic option for a weekend growl machine. 

      The Bottom Line:

      The Corvette Grand Sport Convertible is a visual showstopper that makes the case for Goldilocks power matched with good handling and strong brakes—a case not made as often as you might think, considering we’re living in an age of “horsepower whores.” It’s also still a performance car built to be fairly attainable, considering what it is—one of its most attractive assets. American dreams, and all that jazz.

      So, what message did I send cruising to and from my bachelorette getaway in a drop-top Grand Sport? I’d say it said, I was a tiny bit ostentatious…but always up fo a good time. And I can live with that. I’m just not sure I could actually live with this car.

      But if anyone’s offering me one for free, I’ll test that theory.

Source: 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Convertible Review: An Unconventional Bachelorette’s Ideal Ride – The Drive

2019 Chevrolet Camaro Turbo Test Drive: Point Me to the Corners

2019 Chevrolet Camaro Turbo Test DriveAs I exit a corner with my foot nailed to the floor and all the nannies switched off, I can’t help but mutter to myself, “So much grip.” The new 2019 Chevrolet Camaro Turbo 1LE oozes it.

2019 Chevrolet Camaro Turbo Test Drive

As I exit a corner with my foot nailed to the floor and all the nannies switched off, I can’t help but mutter to myself, “So much grip.” The new 2019 Chevrolet Camaro Turbo 1LE oozes it. The car combines the 2.0-liter turbo-four engine and the wizardry of the famed 1LE Performance package, which is a thing of beauty, even with the least powerful engine option. The ZL1, SS, and V-6 have had their turn; now it’s time for the base engine to get the track treatment.

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Producing 275 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, the Turbo 1LE isn’t a straight-line speed brute, though Chevrolet claims a pretty quick 5.4-second 0-60 run. Instead, it shines in the corners. During my time in our former long-term 2016 Camaro SS, power oversteer was a worry when pushing the V-8 version hard through corners. But this isn’t the case with the Turbo 1LE. I found myself eagerly applying full throttle exiting corners, not fearing the worst. If I’d driven the SS that way, the ditch on the side of the road would’ve been my next stop. You might miss the power of a larger engine on a straight stretch of road, but the coupe makes that up with impressive cornering control. Three sports cars with “low” power outputs and superior cornering capability come to mind: the Mazda Miata, Subaru BRZ, and Toyota 86. But the Camaro is quicker and more powerful than those three and has a lower starting price than their top trims. If you’re curious, the above SS hit 60 mph in 4.3 seconds and produces 455 hp from its 6.2-liter V-8.

The $4,500 1LE package (available on all LT trims) gets you Camaro SS suspension components, including larger-diameter front and rear stabilizer bars, uniquely tuned dampers, stiffer rear cradle bushings, and upgraded rear toe links designed to improve lateral stiffness. The goodies continue with lightweight 20-inch forged aluminum wheels shod in Goodyear Eagle F1 Run Flat summer tires (245/40R20 front, 275/35R20 rear), a mechanical limited-slip differential, track cooling package (engine oil, differential, and transmission coolers), short-throw shifter, dual-mode exhaust system, an upgraded fuel system borrowed from the SS (for high-load cornering), and Touring, Sport, and Track drive modes. If that’s not enough, Competition mode enables launch control and displays performance instrument readouts and shift lights. Recaro seats, a suede-wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel, and a suede-covered gear shifter are extra. Outside, you won’t find “Turbo” or “1LE” badging. Instead, the hood, front splitter, and three-piece spoiler are wrapped in satin black, distinguishing the Turbo 1LE from other, less track-focused Camaros.

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Source: 2019 Chevrolet Camaro Turbo 1LE First Drive: Point Me to the Corners – Motor Trend

2019 Chevrolet Camaro Pricing Confirmed, Starts From $26,495

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2019 Chevrolet Camaro Pricing – The base 1LT and V6 are cheaper than last year’s models.

The facelifted 2019 Chevrolet Camaro has certainly been controversial thanks to its polarizing styling. We also recently learned that some trims are less efficient than the outgoing model. It’s not all bad news, however, because the 2019 Camaro will be cheaper than last year’s model.

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Autoblog has discovered the online configurator for the updated Camaro has gone live. There are no photos of all the different options yet, but the pricing is plain to see. At the bottom of the range, the turbocharged four-cylinder 2019 Chevrolet Camaro 1LT has an MSRP of $26,495, including the $995 destination. That makes it $405 cheaper than last year’s base model, the Camaro 1LS.

Opting for the Convertible version adds another $6,000, but it’s still $405 less than the 2018 Camaro Convertible 1LS. Oddly, the 1LS trim is still listed, but the configurator says “See dealer for pricing” when selecting this option. Autoblog speculates the 1LS could be a special-order trim for fleets since there’s only one wheel design available and it can’t be equipped with an automatic.

New to this year’s range is the 2019 Camaro Turbo 1LE, which isn’t listed in the configurator but Chevrolet has announced it starts at $30,995. The 2019 Camaro V6 also now starts at $27,990, which is $405 less than the 2018 version. Adding the 1LE package adds $4,500 to the price, and selecting a convertible adds $6,000.

Source: 2019 Chevrolet Camaro Pricing Confirmed, Starts From $26,495

Chevrolet renews agreement as Official Truck of NHRA

Chevrolet renews agreement as Official Truck of NHRAChevrolet has renewed its longstanding relationship as the “Official Truck of NHRA.” Since 2014, Chevrolet has provided the Silverado trucks and Suburban vehicles utilized by the Safety Safari presented by AAA

Since 2014, Chevrolet has provided the Silverado trucks and Suburban vehicles utilized by the Safety Safari presented by AAA that are necessary at each of the 24 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series national events to provide emergency response and track preparation. The dependability and capability of Chevrolet trucks are imperative to this legendary safety group as they perform their trackside duties.

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“The Chevrolet products NHRA uses during race weekends allow the NHRA Safety Safari to do their jobs with flawless precision at each event,” said Graham Light, senior vice president of racing operations for NHRA. “Their continued support of NHRA and the durability of the vehicles is invaluable to our racers.”

The Safety Safari, the first full-time team devoted to safety in North American Motorsports, is known as the finest in racing. The Chevrolet vehicles are a major component of the group’s success as they perform their trackside duties at any given moment.

“Chevrolet is proud to be the ‘Official Truck of NHRA’ said Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet truck marketing director. “This partnership lets us connect with NHRA fans and racers to showcase Silverado and Colorado, from the family of the most dependable, longest-last pickups, as well as Suburban which, along with Tahoe, have been the best-selling full-size SUVs for the past 43 consecutive years.”

NHRA will provide Chevrolet with recognition in National DRAGSTER as well as on NHRA.com, in addition to fan engagement opportunities and brand presence at all NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events.

Chevrolet also has a presence with the sport of NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing as the Chevrolet Camaro brand is represented in the Funny Car ranks as John Force, his daughter Courtney and 2017 Funny Car world champion Robert Hight race their 10,000 horsepower vehicles at events across the country. Bo Butner, the 2017 Pro Stock world champion, is one of many Pro Stock racers who compete in a Chevrolet Camaro.

Source: Chevrolet renews agreement as Official Truck of NHRA