With a 6.2 liter dual-mode exhaust V8 capable of 436 hp that can push it to 60 mph in 3.95 seconds, the redesigned GS is the hottest-ever production Corvette convertible
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With a 6.2 liter dual-mode exhaust V8 capable of 436 hp that can push it to 60 mph in 3.95 seconds, the redesigned GS is the hottest-ever production Corvette convertible
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2011 Chevrolet Corvette GS Convertible

Bigger, Badder Corvette
Bigger, Badder Corvette
With a 6.2 liter dual-mode exhaust V8 capable of 436 hp that can push it to 60 mph in 3.95 seconds, the redesigned GS is the hottest-ever production Corvette convertible
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Overview
Overview
What's the hottest production Corvette convertible ever made? That would be the 2011 Grand Sport, tricked out with an optional dual-mode exhaust system and magnetic ride control, which is being offered as an option on the GS Convertible for the first time. The GS has the same engine as the regular Corvette but is more trackworthy. If you aren't a hardcore driving enthusiast, it's also available with an automatic transmission, while the more powerful Z06 and ZR1 are not. Given all the performance upgrades it comes with, we consider the GS Convertible a bargain. Consumers seem to agree. Corvette sales are up 21.9 percent so far this year. The GS, which came out in 2010, accounts for 70 percent of Corvette convertible sales, GM (GM) says.
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Interior
Interior
The Corvette's cabin is improved but still problematic. The seats are uncomfortable and inadequately bolstered and the navigation system is outmoded. The Premium Equipment Group ($9,700) adds a leather-wrapped interior and numerous other amenities.
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Engine/Transmission
Engine/Transmission
Under the hood is the same 6.2-liter, 430-horsepower V8 as in the base Corvette. Power rises to 436 hp with the dual-mode exhaust. A six-speed stick shift is standard; a six-speed automatic with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters costs $1,250 extra.
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Performance
Performance
Chevy says the GS convertible will do 0 to 60 in just 3.95 seconds. Launch control, which improves traction during fast takeoffs, is standard; magnetic ride control costs an extra $1,695. Top speed is 185 mph.
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Convertible Top
Convertible Top
The top folds down into a rear compartment, reducing trunk space from 11 cu. ft. to 7.5 cu. ft. There were no air leaks in our test car's top and the cabin was quiet at high speed. A power top is only available in option packages, the least costly of which starts at $3,190.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy
The Corvette GS is rated to get 15 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway with an automatic transmission, 16/25 with a stick. Among rivals, the Ford Shelby GT500 is rated at 15/23, the Porsche Carrera at 18/26, and the Mercedes SL550 at 14/22.
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Safety
Safety
The 2011 Corvette doesn't have government crash-test ratings but comes standard with stability and traction control, dual front side-mounted air bags, and electronic brake-force distribution. The aluminum windshield frame provides rollover protection, GM says.
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Price
Price
Starting price is $59,995 for the GS Convertible and $55,995 for the Coupe—$5,000 and $6,000 more, respectively, than for the regular Corvette Convertible and Coupe. Average selling price of the GS ragtop is $64,601, according to the Power Information Network.
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