This morning at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, Chevrolet introduced a new Corvette model that brings the historic Grand Sport name to the C7 line-up. The new 2017 Corvette Grand Sport appears to take the best of both previous C7 models, the Stingray and the Z06, and that potent combination results in a lightweight architecture with a track-honed aerodynamics package, along with Michelin Sport Cup 2 tires and a naturally aspirated LT1 V8 with 460 hp.
The 2017 Corvette Grand Sport will be built in both coupe and convertible configurations and availability of this new Corvette model with be this summer in the United States with exports to Europe beginning in the fall. Pricing will be announced later this year.
“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 new Corvette Grand Sport features the chassis tuning, upgraded cooling systems and performance technologies of the Corvette Z06 to give the new model the capabilities commensurate with its racing-derived history.
The 2017 Grand Sport offers an estimated 1.05g in cornering capabilities in its standard configuration and 1.2g’s cornering with the the Z07 performance package which includes Brembo’s carbon-cermanic brakes, Michelin Sport Cup 2 tires and a carbon fiber aerodynamics package.
“We didn’t hold back with the new Grand Sport,” said Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer. “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 carbon-fiber aero package that delivers true downforce.”
Highlights for 2017 Corvette Grand Sport include:
- Michelin Pilot Super Sport summer tires: 285/30ZR19 (front) and 335/25ZR20 (rear)
- Specific Grand Sport wheel design: 19×10 inches (front) and 20×12 inches (rear)
- Brembo brake system with (355 mm) 14-inch rotors and six-piston calipers in front and (340 mm) 13.4 inch rotors and four-piston calipers in the rear
- Standard magnetic ride control, specific stabilizer bars and unique springs
- Standard electronic limited-slip differential
- LT1 V8 engine rated at (343 kW) 460 hp, with dry-sump oiling system and active exhaust
- Seven-speed manual transmission with active rev match and available eight-speed paddle-shift automatic with specific performance calibration
- Available Z07 package adds carbon ceramic-matrix brakes and Michelin Pilot Sport 2 Cup tires.
The Corvette Grand Sport Models also feature specific front fender inserts, a Z06 style front grille and wider rear fenders. The Grand Sport will be offered with all the Stingray’s exterior and interior colors and a Heritage Package will be offered which includes the hash mark fender graphics in six different colors with the hash mark detail carried into the interior with matching aluminum trim.
“The choices are almost endless,” said Harlan Charles, Corvette product marketing manager. “The packages take personalization to an unprecedented level, enabling customers to create their own Corvette Grand Sport statement like no other.”
General Motors will also be offering a specific 2017 Corvette Grand Sport Collector’s Edition featuring a new exclusive Watkins Glen Gray Metallic exterior with Tension Blue hash mark graphics, satin black full-length stripes, black wheels and a unique Tension Blue full leather and suede-wrapped interior.
Tension Blue is a color historically associated with the original Corvette Grand Sports of the 1960s. For the 2017 Grand Sport Collector’s Edition, there is a three-dimensional representation of an original Grand Sport race car embossed in the headrests, along with a dash plaque featuring the unique build sequence number.
The Collector’s Edition will start production in the 2017 production year and will be offered in both the United States and Europe.