For weeks now, enthusiasts have known that the legendary Grand Sport moniker would be returning to the Corvette lineup in 2017.
We just didn’t know how much the newest model of the C7 would sticker for.
Now we do.
Chevrolet announced this morning as the annual Bash continues that the 2017 Grand Sport coupe will have a base price of $66,445 which is $65,450 MSRP + the $995 destination charge. The new GS convertible will start out at $69,450 – $70,445 with the $995 destination charge. Taxes, title and other dealer fees not included.
That compares to the following 2016 prices: $56,395 for the base coupe, $60,395 for the base convertible, $61,395 for the Z51 1LT coupe, $65,395 for the Z51 1LT convertible, $79,400 for the 1LZ Z06 coupe, and $84,395 for the 1LZ Z06 convertible.
Not a big jump in price for the extra looks and performance, in our opinion. You would likely spend much more than $5,000 to add just a wide-body kit to a regular C7, not to mention the performance upgrades offered by the GS.
For the extra money, customers will basically get the look and extra performance capabilities of a Z06 – minus the 650 horsepower supercharged LT4 power plant.
“The racing DNA of the original Grand Sport race cars is in the 2017 model, adding greater dimensions of capability and driver involvement to the Corvette’s award-winning architecture, for a purer driving experience,” said Harlan Charles, Corvette product marketing manager. “It is a worthy successor to the spirit of the originals.”
The Grand Sport uses its lightweight architecture, aero package, enhanced cooling, electronic limited-slip differential, and sticky Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires to produce a 1.05g in cornering capability and an impressive 1.2g with the optional Z07 package, which will produce a 0-60 time of 3.6 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 11.8 seconds.
Stopping power is just as impressive, with Corvette engineers adapting the Brembo brakes from the Z06 to produce 60 to 0 stops of less than 100 feet.
Of course, it’s all about the look for some enthusiasts, too, and the Grand Sport will have the wide-body look of the Z06, including wider fenders and rear quarter panels. The GS will also have unique front fender inserts and Z06-style grille.
You can buy the Grand Sport in 10 exterior colors:
- Admiral Blue Metallic (late 2016 addition)
- Watkins Glen Gray Metallic (new for 2017)
- Black Rose Metallic (new for 2017)
- Sterling Blue Metallic (new for 2017)
- Long Beach Red Metallic Tintcoat
- Arctic White
- Blade Silver Metallic
- Corvette Racing Yellow Tintcoat
- Torch Red.
“The choices are almost endless,” said Charles. “The Corvette Grand Sport’s custom ordering options take personalization to an unprecedented level, enabling customers to create their own Corvette Grand Sport statement.”
No word yet on the cost of the Z07 package or the Grand Sport Collector Edition that will appear later in the model year, but those option prices are expected to be released on May 13th.
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