Since then, the Corvette has been shut out, despite the introduction of the Z06 in the 2015 model year.
Now, the Corvette lineup has another new star, the 2017 Grand Sport.
Will this newbie to the C7 lineup help the Corvette to repeat as Performance Car of the Year in 2017?
We’ll soon know.
Next week, the venerable magazine will be testing the Grand Sport and nine other competitors in what you might call a “home game” for the Corvette since the driving will be done on the roads of Tennessee and Kentucky and at the National Corvette Museum’s Motorsports Park.
That list of formidable foes includes:
- Acura NSX
- Audi R8 V10 Plus
- BMW M4 GTS
- Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport
- Jaguar F-Type SVR coupe
- Lotus Evora 400
- McLaren 570S
- Mercedes-AMG C63 S coupe
- Nissan GT-R NISMO
- Porsche 911 Turbo S coupe
The magazine says on its website:
“We’ll gather the evening of September 12th at the Boone Tavern in Berea, Kentucky and set out the next morning on our weeklong quest to find the finest performance car you can put in your garage. If you’re in the area on the night of the 12th, stop by and check out the cars. If not, make sure to follow us on Instagram, Snapchat, and our Facebook page for photos, videos, and updates from the road.”
If you’re wondering how the cars are selected, the magazine says they either need to be brand new or significantly updated in the last model year. Furthermore, they need to be among the leaders statistically, in areas like acceleration, handling, top speed, or other measurements.
“They’re also the cars we dream of,” Road & Track says.
The Grand Sport definitely fits all those requirements.
Cross your fingers for Tadge and the gang to rack up another win for the C7.
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