In February we heard that Chevrolet was exporting five of the 2017 Corvette Grand Sport Collector Editions to Japan. Those five special editions were on top of the 15 regular Corvette Grand Sports also exported to the land of the rising sun. Now we are hearing that Chevrolet will be offering Japan its own special edition called the Grand Sport Admiral Blue Heritage Edition.
Japan’s Grand Sport Admiral Blue Heritage Edition looks like the traditional Grand Sport livery with the Admiral Blue exterior, white racing stripe, and red hash marks, but once you get into the details, you’ll see that this is a Corvette exclusive for the Asian country and not available in the US.
That’s because this Corvette appears to be a combination of the Grand Sport Heritage Package with the Black Suede Design Package interior. We tried building an Admiral Blue Grand Sport with the Black Suede Design Package and Chevrolet’s configurator wouldn’t allow it.
The exterior is also slightly different as US buyers of the Admiral Blue Heritage Edition would receive a white hood vent while Japan’s Admiral Blue Heritage Edition comes in the standard Black.
This special edition features the Jet Black interior with sueded microfiber seat inserts, door inserts and a sueded microfiber wrapped interior. On the exterior, the aluminum wheels are Satin Black with the Red stripe and complement the included Red brake calipers.
Also included on the special edition is the Z07 Performance Package which brings the Z06’s suspension, Brembo’s carbon ceramic brakes and the sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.
Japan will be receiving five of these special 2017 Corvette Grand Sport Admiral Blue Heritage Editions at a price of 12,800,000 yen which is equal to around $115,000 USD at current exchange rates. While that would make for one expensive Corvette Grand Sport here in the States, over there it’s reasonably priced at 700,000 yen ($6,300) more than the regular Corvette Grand Sports that went on sale late last year.