Chevrolet is planning a series of updates for the Corvette for the 2010 model year, with changes affecting the entire lineup, from the base model all the way up to the scorching ZR1 supercar. First and foremost is the introduction of the Grand Sport Model, which returns for 2010 with widebody styling and race-bred suspension.

The other major introduction is a new Launch Control system as standard for all manual ‘Vettes. Speaking with CorvetteBlogger, GM engineer Tadge Juechter explained that the new system modulates engine torque 100 times per second and is designed to give drivers optimal traction during full throttle starts.

All the driver has to do is switch the traction control to competitive mode and then floor the gas pedal. This will set the engine’s RPM at a predetermined level depending on what powerplant is residing under the hood, be it a LS3, LS7 or supercharged LS9. When the clutch is released the Launch Control system modulates the engine torque depending on grip levels and traction. Importantly, using Launch Control won’t void the Corvette’s warranty like in some other high-performance cars.

Additionally, the ZR1 is fitted with a Performance Traction Management (PTM) feature that integrates the individual Traction Control, Active Handling, and Selective Ride Control systems.

As for the rest of the updates, Chevrolet is reintroducing its Torch Red paint scheme for the Z06 and ZR1, adding side airbags as standard on all models, and offering new interior colors and embroidery options.