2012 Corvette Grand Sport

At 5 years old, one might expect the 2012 Corvette Grand Sport to begin showing its age. This is thankfully untrue in everything except absolute body style. While still absolutely gorgeous, with then-modern lines and a promise of what was, and is to come for the Corvette line, the 2012 Corvette Grand Sport still stands tall today.

In fact, many online articles state that this particular model year has no domestic competitor still alive in the market today. Though Porsche and Lamborghini of the time certainly give the 2012 Corvette Grand Sport a run for its money, it usually manages to beat them.

yellow convertible 2012 Corvette Grand Sport

2012 Corvette Grand Sport Release

The 2012 Corvette Grand Sport was press released at the end of the 2010 fiscal year. Given that it was the last of a long line of same body styles, the public wasn’t particularly enthused. Surprising, since the 2010 and 2011 Corvette sold incredibly well in both domestic and international markets.

With few pre-orders in 2011, Chevy found itself also underwhelmed with the 2012 Corvette Grand Sport and it’s fellows. So the company bought Las Vegas strip advertisement space and pushed high rollers to come drive a 2012 Corvette Grand Sport early release test car.

Reviews were through the roof. Everyone loved the 2012 model and they were talking it over with their friends. Pre-release orders jumped only a few weeks before the slated release date, impressing both Chevy and their competitors. Coupes outsold convertibles fairly steadily throughout the year, making convertibles a little harder to find these days.

For Corvette collectors that are nostalgic about the mid 00 to 2012 corvettes, a 2012 Corvette Grand Sport convertible in any package is likely toward the top of their list. Hard to find, it paints a pretty picture sitting in someone’s garage. The LT1 is, strangely enough, the hardest find of the three. This is simply due to the fact that when people decided to purchase the Grand Sport convertible, statistically, they tended to buy higher packages than the base one.

The 2012 Corvette Grand Sport last left its sales lots toward the middle-beginning of 2013, just long enough to see its redesigned new sister roll out after it.

Enduring Quality

Those that own a 2012 Corvette Grand Sport are often willing to go on and on about them for ages. Why? These sporty little cars have one of the best modern drive trains on the domestic market. Though a little difficult to work on, the happy premise is that you shouldn’t need to work on it. And when treated properly, given typical maintenance and upkeep, it tends to perform that way.

Reviews on this vehicle are typically very high. The engine copes well with heat, pressure and long term high speeds that would see other vehicles in the shop weekly. The 2012 Corvette Grand Sport is made to fly down roads and performs incredibly well under that kind of pressure.

In addition, the Grand Sport comes with handling in mind. Corvette is not a model known for over the top handling and steering, so they made certain that the 2012 Grand Sport would impress buyers. Bluntly said, it turns on a time. It could pirouette with a well-practiced driver. Few other vehicles of the time can say the same.

red non-convertible 2012 Corvette Grand Sport

Technology and Specs of the Time

This was rather early on in having all-in-one in-dash control units. Nonetheless, the Corvette of 2012 had no intention of being left out. As you would see today, a lovely touch screen unit takes up a good portion of the center console of the dash. Unless hammered on, these should still be working perfectly. If not, one can easily replace them at dealerships or with aftermarket extensions.

2012 was also the year that Chevy re-upped their contract with Sirius and Bose. This means that their products and services came standard in every Corvette including the Grand Sport.

With a 6.2 L V8, the Grand Sport was a little underpowered compared to its bigger siblings in the 2012 Corvette market. Most of them had 7.0 L engines. However, that equips the Grand Sport with slightly better gas mileage. In fact, it was almost typical of the 2010-ish market that it was designed in, at 25 miles per gallon highway. For instance the 2012 Toyota Avalon, a fine midrange sedan, only had 28 miles per gallon highway. Pretty impressive for such a little powerhouse to have such a low gas intake.

Long Term Care

Though reviews are glowing for the 2012 Corvette Grand Sport, it does lack in a few areas. It truly is a “garage car”. That doesn’t mean you can’t drive it. You absolutely should. However, its paint doesn’t hold its luster very well under constant exposure to high heat, strong sun, or lots of rain, as it may experience in someone’s driveway. If it must be kept in a driveway, use a good wax every week and try to keep it covered with a car cover. Remember that a Corvette isn’t just a car, it’s an investment.

The only other pertinent detail to mention is that the brakes on these vehicles run a little too hot, as everyone already knows. It’s really the only drawback the model has across the board on forums, reviews and amongst Corvette aficionados. This means that they do occasionally warp or require machining more than some of the other Corvette models out there. If you hear them starting to squeak, it’s time to get them to the shop. Don’t wait until the pedal becomes hard to press because it may just pull itself apart trying to stop for you.

If looking for one of these gorgeous cars, or simply wanting to eyeball one, the internet is simply full of people with the 2012 Corvette models up for sale. However, as mentioned before, good luck finding a Grand Sport convertible. Tell us below if you do! We’d love to hear.

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