2017 Chevy Corvette Grand Sport brings American fury to Geneva
Power isn’t everything – even when it comes to Corvettes. Sure, the mighty, 650-horsepower Z06 is a real peach, but there’s a lot to be said for the base Stingray with its naturally aspirated LT1 V8, putting out 460 hp in top spec. That’s still plenty of grunt. Now, put that engine in a lightweight, aerodynamic-focused Corvette with super-sticky tires, and you get the new Grand Sport – a naturally aspirated Stingray that can pull up to 1.2 Gs.
GM says the new Grand Sport is nearly as quick around its Milford Proving Ground track as the previous-generation ZR1. Specific updates include sticky Michelin Pilot Super Sport summer tires – 285/30ZR19 up front and 335/25ZR20 at the rear. Huge Brembo brakes are fitted to slow things down with a quickness, new stabilizer bars and springs keep the car hunkered down, and a seven-speed manual and eight-speed automatic transmissions are available. Want an even more hardcore package? Option the Z07 pack, which adds carbon ceramic brakes and Pilot Sport 2 Cup tires.
Both coupe and convertible versions will be available, and a Collector Edition will come later in the year, painted in Watkins Glen Gray with Tension Blue hash marks, satin black stripes, black wheels, and a blue full leather and suede interior. The 2017 Corvette Grand Sport debuts at this week’s Geneva Motor Show, and will go on sale in the US this summer.
— Written by Stephen Ewing
autoblog.com, Originally published: March 01, 2016 5:20AM