Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport First Look
2017 CHEVROLET CORVETTE GRAND SPORT FIRST LOOK BY AUTO CRITIC STEVE HAMMES
I haven’t driven a Grand Sport since it returned to the Corvette lineup for the 2010 model year – a legendary nameplate that dates back to the early 60s.
And for 2017, the Grand Sport has been revived based upon the 7th generation Corvette, available in both Coupe and Convertible with a starting MSRP of $66,445. So as I await my next test-drive, here’s a Grand Sport primer.
Slotted between the Stingray and Z06 in both price and performance, the Grand Sport combines a lightweight architecture, a track-honed aerodynamic package, Michelin tires and a naturally aspirated engine. Engineers adapted the chassis tuning, upgraded cooling systems, and performance technologies of the Corvette Z06 to give the new Grand Sport capability commensurate with its racing-derived history.
In addition to track-focused aero elements, the Grand Sport also features specific front fender inserts, a Z06-style grille and wider rear fenders. Grand Sport models are offered with the Stingray’s full exterior and interior color palette. An available Heritage package includes hash-mark fender graphics in six colors, with the hash-mark detail carried onto the interior’s brushed aluminum trim.
Full-length stripes are also offered. The LT1 6.2-liter V8 engine is rated at 460 horsepower, 465 pound-feet of torque and uses a dry sump oil system and active exhaust. 0-to-60mph takes a mere 3.6 seconds. Choose between a 7-speed manual with active rev match or an 8-speed automatic with paddle shifters.
For the first time, buyers can equip the Grand Sport with a Z07 performance package – which adds carbon-ceramic brakes, Michelin Sport Cup 2 summer tires, and a carbon-fiber aero package that delivers true downforce.