I haven’t driven a Grand Sport since it returned to the Corvette lineup for the 2010 model year – a legendary nameplate that dates back to the early 60s.
And for 2017, the Grand Sport has been revived based upon the 7thgeneration Corvette, available in both Coupe and Convertible with a starting MSRP of $66,445. So as I await my next test-drive, here’s a Grand Sport primer.
Slotted between the Stingray and Z06 in both price and performance, the Grand Sport combines a lightweight architecture, a track-honed aerodynamic package, Michelin tires and a naturally aspirated engine. Engineers adapted the chassis tuning, upgraded cooling systems, and performance technologies of the Corvette Z06 to give the new Grand Sport capability commensurate with its racing-derived history.
In addition to track-focused aero elements, the Grand Sport also features specific front fender inserts, a Z06-style grille and wider rear fenders. Grand Sport models are offered with the Stingray’s full exterior and interior color palette. An available Heritage package includes hash-mark fender graphics in six colors, with the hash-mark detail carried onto the interior’s brushed aluminum trim.
Full-length stripes are also offered. The LT1 6.2-liter V8 engine is rated at 460 horsepower, 465 pound-feet of torque and uses a dry sump oil system and active exhaust. 0-to-60mph takes a mere 3.6 seconds. Choose between a 7-speed manual with active rev match or an 8-speed automatic with paddle shifters.
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 a carbon-fiber aero package that delivers true downforce.