As soon as we finished posting yesterday’s introduction of the 2017 Corvette Grand Sport from the Geneva Motor Show, our attention turned to the business side as where we think this model will fall into the current C7 Corvette lineup. The Corvette Grand Sport will fall between the Corvette Stingray Z51 and the Corvette Z06 and therefore we believe the MSRP for the new Corvette will start at $69,795 (and yes, that includes the $995 destination fee).
So how did we get to that number? First we pulled historical pricing from the C6 generation and calculated the differences in pricing between the Corvette Coupe, the Grand Sport Coupe and the Z06.
The differences between pricing in the C6 generation was pretty consistent over those four years. In 2010-2011, the pricing between the base Corvette Coupe and the Grand Sport was $5,840 and that climbed to $6,400 in 2012-2013 model years.
The Z06 prices compared to the Grand Sport prices were consistent as well. In 2010-2011, that difference was $19,515 and in 2012-2013 it climbed slightly to $19,600.
Now, here is where we have to make some assumptions. We believe the Corvette Grand Sport in 2017 will inherit much of the Z51 Stingray’s chassis and base options. These would have come at an additional price on the C6 base Coupes. We also know that the Grand Sport will be making several options standard including Magnetic Ride Control and the Electronic Limited Slip Differential (eSLD).
Like the Z06, the Corvette Grand Sport will have different levels of aerodynamics with a base configurations and the Z07 Performance Package. Looking at the car that unveiled yesterday in Geneva, that’s the up-level Collectors Edition with the Z07’s carbon fiber rockers and splitter. Looking at Chevrolet’s Corvette Grand Sport website which shows the Admiral Blue Grand Sport, those look to be painted rockers, the front slitter has no winglets whatsoever and on the rear is a the standard body-color spoiler.
So if we take the $60,400 base price for the Z51 Stingray, figure the historical difference between the base coupe and Grand Sport Coupe, and then add Magnetic Ride and eSLP, as well as a base aero package, that will add up to about $8,400 which gets us to the base MSRP price of $68,800. Adding the mandatory $995 destination fee, our estimated price for the base 2017 Corvette Grand Sport comes in at $69,795.
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We’ve also been talking to a few peeps about this and we think the base 1LZ 2017 Corvette Z06 pricing will go up now that the Big Nasty’s Angry Little Brother will be available. Current 2016 MSRP for the Corvette Z06 is $79,400. I wouldn’t be surprised to see it go up to around $83K or so and watch for Chevy to add some content to the Z06 to justify the price increase. For example, the base aerodynamics package might include rocker panels as standard equipment.
Finally, this estimate is based on 2016 prices we haven’t figured in any kind of price increases for the existing models. As Chevrolet has raised the base MSRP every year since the C7’s arrival in 2014, we have to think another increase is coming for 2017. After all, $435 million paint shops for assembly plants don’t grown on trees.
So how do you think we did? Too low? Too high? Should we start a pool for guessing the 2017 Corvette Grand Sport’s MSRP price? Tell us what you think the price will be in our comments section below.