With Corvette Racing in its DNA, the all-new 2017 Corvette Grand Sport from Chevrolet is a pure expression of the car’s motorsports-bred pedigree. Like the 2015 Le Mans-winning Corvette C7.R GTE Pro race car, the new Grand Sport combines a lightweight architecture, a track-honed aerodynamics package, Michelin tires and a naturally aspirated engine.
Heritage-inspired design cues and exclusive features acknowledge the historic Grand Sport legacy, established in 1963. Only five original cars were built before a corporate decision suspending direct motorsports involvement ended the project.
“Racing has been part of Corvette’s essence for more than 50 years and that track experience has helped us build better, more capable cars,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president of Global Product Development and Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. “The global acclaim for the seventh-generation Corvette validates that direct link and the 2017 Grand Sport takes its track-bred technology to a new, exciting threshold.”
The engine is a naturally aspirated LT1 V8 that means 6.2-litres, 454bhp and 465lb ft. No word on performance yet, but we bet the 0-60mph time will be around the 3.7secs of the standard car.
GM says the new Grand Sport is nearly as quick around its Milford Proving Ground track as the previous-generation ZR1. Specific updates include sticky Michelin Pilot Super Sport summer tires – 285/30ZR19 up front and 335/25ZR20 at the rear. Huge Brembo brakes (335mm at the front, 340 at the rear) are fitted to slow things down, new stabilizer bars and springs keep the planted firmly, an electronic limited-slip differential and a seven-speed manual gearbox as standard. Want an even more hardcore package? Option the Z07 pack, which adds carbon ceramic brakes and Pilot Sport 2 Cup tires.
Both coupe and convertible versions will be available, and a Collector Edition will come later in the year, painted in Watkins Glen Gray with Tension Blue hash marks, satin black stripes, black wheels, and a blue full leather and suede interior.
The Corvette Grand Sport coupe and convertible go on sale this summer in the U.S. and in the fall in Europe. Prices have been confirmed at $66,445 for the hardtop and $70,445 for the convertible. That works out to a $13,950 savings compared to either the Z06 Coupe or the $84,395 Convertible. But perhaps more importantly, it is only $10,050 more than the base, $56,395 C7 Coupe or $60,395 C7 Convertible. That screams a bargain to us.