New 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Release Date and Review

Introduced during the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show, the new 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport is the quintessential expression of the highest motor-bred pedigree. It perfectly balances a track-honed aerodynamics package, a lightweight build architecture, a naturally aspirated engine, and Michelin tires to offer the ultimate experience akin to the 2015 Le Mans-winning Corvette C7.R GTE Pro race car. Want to learn of its release date? Then read on.

2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport side view, yellow color, alloy wheels

According to Mark Reuss, executive vice president of Global Product Development, “Racing has been part of the ‘Vette’s essence for five decades now and this experience has enabled Chevy deliver more capable, and better quality vehicles. The new 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport – the seventh generation Corvette model, takes the track-bred technology to an even higher threshold.”

2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport exterior, rear view, taillights and badges

Exclusive features and heritage-inspired design cues the Grand Sport offers validate the direct link to the legacy that it established from 1963. According to Chevrolet, the new model offers 1.05g in cornering capability. The available Z07 package makes this even better with an up to 1.2g. Furthermore, in order to commensurate with its racing-derived history, engineers adapted the performance technologies, upgraded the cooling systems, and tuned the chassis.

2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport exterior, overhead view

Some of the performance systems available for the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport include an available Z07 package that adds Michelin Pilot Sport 2 Cup tires and carbon ceramic-matrix brakes, an available 8-speed paddle-shift automatic with specific performance calibration and a 7-speed manual transmission with active rev match, a 460-horsepower- generating LT1 V8 engine, with active exhaust and dry-sump oiling system, a default electronic limited-slip differential, specific stabilizer bars, magnetic ride control, and active exhaust, specific Grand Sport wheel design, Michelin Pilot Super Sport summer tires, and Brembo brake system with six-piston calipers upfront and four-piston calipers around back.

2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport exterior, side view, red color, alloy wheels

Furthermore, it gets a distinctive design package that gives the car a track-read persona courtesy of the specific front fender inserts, wider rear fenders, and Z06-style grille. It shares the same color palette with the Corvette Stingray that offers about six colors with the available Heritage package. Also offered are full-length stripes. Referring to the available Heritage Package, this is what Harlan Charles said, “Customers, now more than ever, get to have almost endless choices that bring unprecedented levels of personalization.”

2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport rear view, blue color, taillights and tailpipe

Given the excellence of the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport, the only competitor available is the 2017 Porsche 911 R model. The Porsche 911 R packs a 500-horsepower – generating 3.8L six-cylinder engine that enables it hit 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds – a figure that brings it to par with the manual-transmission-equipped Grand Sport. The 911 R is specifically meant for purists thanks to the GT3 RS underpinnings it is based on. While the 911 R is undoubtedly a cool choice for buyers shopping in this class, it is expensive to won given its sticker price of $184,900. Before options, the 2017 Grand Sport only costs $70,000.

2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Release Date & Price

2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport release date

Pricing for the entire 2017 Chevrolet Corvette lineup is as offered below: Corvette Stingray LT Coupe – $55,450, Corvette Stingray Z51 Coupe – $64,905, Corvette Stingray 2LT Coupe – $59,905, Corvette Stingray 3LT – $65,195, Corvette Grand Sport – $69,905, Corvette Z06 – $79,450. Its release date has been set for early 2017.

2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Exterior

2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport front angle, headlights and grille

The custom wheel design and the specific front fender inserts the Grand Sport comes with makes it stand out. On the outside, the C7 Grand Sport is basically a Corvette Z06. In fact, the available Heritage Package is specifically available in order to make the Grand Sport and the Corvette Z06 distinct models. With the Heritage package comes six colors and hash-mark fender graphics. Also offered are full-length stripes in the same colors.

2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport rear angle, taillights and tailpipe

The stripes and the hash-mark fender graphics can be combined with any of the Corvette palette’s exterior colors that include Sterling Blue Metallic, Black Rose Metallic, Watkins Glen Gray Metallic, and Admiral Blue Metallic.

2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Interior

2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport interior, lcd screen and steering wheel

As is evident from the images below, the interior is now offered with premium features, some of which include a flat-bottom steering wheel, magnesium seat frame structures, and extra carbon fiber inserts. More details will be offered on its release date.

2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport interior, leather seats

Available Trims

The Grand Sport is available in one well-equipped trim. The Corvette Zora Z1 model has a separate review.

Engine Specs

2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport engine

Under the hood is an engine unit similar to that found in the LT1 that cranks 460 hp and 465 lbs. ft. of torque. It takes 3.5 seconds to run from 0-60 mph. The Corvette Z06 and Stingray 0-60 mph times are unavailable at the moment.

Safety

2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport alloy wheels, safety

It only makes sense for a car that accelerates this fast to be offered with the latest safety technologies to help cushion occupants from any unprecedented crash impacts. As such, results of its crash impact safety analysis by NHTSA are likely to yield a five out five star rating. Details will be updated on this space once we get hold of them.

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2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport auto show, grey color, headlights and alloy wheels

2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport exterior, white color, front view, grille

2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport auto show, side view, alloy wheels

2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport front view, blue color, headlights, grille and alloy wheels

2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport rear view, taillights and tailpipe

2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport yellow color, front view, headlights and badges

2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport exterior, red color, front view, headlights and grille

2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport interior, dashboard and gear shift knob

New 2017 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Release Date, Specs & Info

Well, if you’ve been abreast with the latest automotive news, you’ve probably heard that the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 prototype has been sported assaulting the Nurburgring. Spy photos show the model heavily cladded with camouflage that makes it even impossible to take note of the exterior changes. Rumors suggests that its release date has been set somewhere in mid-2017. Read on the following review to get acquainted with as much info as possible, albeit based on our rendering.

2017 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 front angle, red color, grille

Back to basics: the last we saw of the Chevrolet Camaro Z28 was back in 2015, so that effectively means it has been away from the segment for two years – quite a long of time for a vehicle to stay in the cold! And even then, it came unchanged over the model it was replacing, so we should actually be talking of around three years. The Camaro Z28 used to be offered alongside other trims on the regular Chevrolet Camaro lineup. It was the race-oriented model that offered a high performance hardware and a stripped-out interior.

2017 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 rear view, taillights and tailpipe

While Chevy hasn’t commented, verified, or denied rumors of a possible integration of the Camaro Z28 with the recently updated 2017 Chevrolet Camaro lineup, credible reports say this might be in the works and its fans should probably wait until sometime in mid-2017 when the regular Chevy Camaro 2017 is slated to undergo a mid-cycle refresh.

2017 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 exterior, gray color

Considering the new 2017 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 will be up in arms with the likes of Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe, 2017 BMW M4, and Ford Shelby GT350R, it is highly likely – almost given – that it will come with a spruced up engine that will match the figures offered by the aforementioned rivals. For starters, the previous Chevrolet Camaro Z28 came equipped with a brawny 7.0L V8 engine that offered a whopping 505 horsepower and 481 pounds of torque. With all that power cracked under its skin, it was able to move from 0-60 mph in just 4.5 seconds – an impressive time even in present times.

2017 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 red color, side angle

But you see times have changed, and certain things have gotten better. Take for instance the 2016 BMW M4 – one of its arch-rivals. Although coming a bit short in power – 425 horsepower and 406 lbs. ft. of torque – it manages to offer a quick acceleration rated at 4.0 seconds flat when equipped with the M-DCT. That’s 0.5 seconds quicker than the more powerful Camaro Z28. On the fuel consumption front, the BMW M4 still manages to bow out the Camaro Z28 by offering 20 mpg combined relative to the 15 mpg the Camaro Z28 gets. The comparison is just a simple illustration to show how three years a vehicle has been on hiatus can prove to be quite costly terms of how other peers have improved.

2017 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 rear view, white color

What’s the solution, you ask! Well, here’s what we suspect may happen. Given the Camaro Z28 was the highest performance version on the entire Chevy Camaro lineup, it’d make sense if Chevy offered it a more powerful engine than that of the 2017 Camaro ZL1 that is now the lineup’s honcho. The Camaro ZLI 2017 comes with a 6.2L supercharged V8 engine rated at 640 horsepower. While Chevrolet is yet to confirm what lies under the hood of the new 2017 Chevrolet Camaro Z28, one thing’s for sure: it’ll get more power than what it had then.

2017 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Release Date & Price

You and I know too well how early it is to offer speculations concerning its pricing estimates and release date. Anyway, we’ll still go ahead and offer what our crystal ball tells us. According to it, the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 price should start from around $71K, that is, without options. As for its release date, a mid-2017 would suffice.

2017 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 release date

2017 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Exterior Spy Photos

As you can see from the images we have of the Camaro Z28, it is impossible to take stock of the kind of details the new model offers relative to its predecessor. What we do know however is the fact that it’ll be heavily updated.

2017 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 spy photos

2017 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Interior Pictures

More can be said about the exterior than the interior. That said, fans of the Camaro Z28 should probably wait a bit more. Details will start getting some clarity as its release date edges closer.

2017 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 dashboard, steering wheel, lcd scren and gear shift knob

Specifications

Wheelbase: 9 ft. 4.3 in. (112.3 in.)
Length: 16 ft. 0.3 in. (192.3 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 4.9 in. (76.9 in.)
Passenger volume: N/A ft³
Cargo volume (maximum): 11.3 ft³
Curb weight: 3862 lb
Top Speed: 172 mph
0-60: 4.4 sec
MPG: 13/19 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Ashen Gray Metallic, Black, Red Hot, Silver Ice Metallic, Summit White…
Towing Capacity: N/A lbs

Engine Specs

2017 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 engine

As already mentioned, we highly suspect that the new 2017 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 will get a spruced up 6.2L supercharged V8 engine currently used by the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.

Safety

2017 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 interior, leather seats and dashboard

Safety is always a major concern for these kind of vehicles given the speed at which they can travel especially when pushed harder. Therefore, it is only logical to assume that Chevy will offer the new Chevrolet Camaro Z28 2017 some of the latest technologies currently offered on some of its rivals such as the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R.

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2017 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 red color, headlights and grille

2017 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 exterior

2017 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 side view, red color, alloy wheels

2017 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 front view, white color, grille and headlights

2017 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 rear angle, white color, taillights

2017 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 interior, steering wheel and gear shift knob

2017 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 interior, steering wheel and leather seats

2017 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 badges

2017 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 trunk

New 2017 Chevrolet Volt Release Date and Review

The new 2017 Chevrolet Volt once again demonstrates its immense capabilities in the plug-in hybrid segment. It’s a home run for the right shopper, as it offers distinct plug-in hybrid functionality in a sleek, high-tech package. Like before, the new 2017 Volt impresses in terms of the numerous advanced high-tech and safety technologies available, impressive range, and low fuel costs. The following review is comprehensive and expounds more details concerning what buyers should expect from the refreshed Volt. Its release date has also been announced.

2017 Chevrolet Volt side angle, blue color, alloy wheels

For 2017, an upgraded automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control system add to the existing options offered for the Chevrolet Volt. Other than that, the new model returns virtually unchanged inside out. Most of the changes are subtle and unrecognizable for the untrained eye, however, most buyers may not even take stock of what has actually changed and what has not relative to the prior model. This is especially true given the 2017 Volt was only available on a limited basis, and therefore not anyone who wanted it actually got it.

2017 Chevrolet Volt exterior, rear view, taillights and alloy wheels

That said, let me expound more on the changes: for one thing, the 2017 Chevy Volt gains a new body structure, along with a more contemporary stylish both on the exterior and interior surfaces. Beneath the hood, user of the new model will now get 53 miles of all-electric range thanks to the revised plug-in hybrid powertrain. The new range represents an increment of around 15 miles over the immediate model it replaces. Meanwhile, the available gasoline mill – 1.5L – achieves an outstanding EPA rating of 42 mpg of combined city/highway cruising. This it does without requiring premium fuel.

2017 Chevrolet Volt spy shots

Even with all these changes available, the 2017 Chevy Volt remains fundamentally the same. It is imperative to note that while most of its ilk provide around 10-20 miles of electric range, the model under review packs adequate power to satisfy your commuting needs for weeks, if not months. See, purely electric cars have one major detriment: range! It’s a quagmire to even imagine been stack on the highway just because the charge got depleted on the way. This can never be the case with the Volt as it comes with a gasoline engine ready to propel you past 400 miles between fill-ups.

2017 Chevrolet Volt front angle, headlights and grille

Just like the model it replaces, the new Volt’s range of advancements and technologies are complemented by a design than blends an upscale interior, improved functionality, and aerodynamic efficiency with sculpted, muscular proportions. Every detail ranging from the intuitiveness of the instrument panel, to charging the battery and checking the charge status, was designed for easier use.

2017 Chevrolet Volt rear view, red color, taillights, badges and alloy wheels

Well, for those completely sold-out on the Volt, one thing’s for sure – it offers real EV functionality without compromising on the range. For the rest of ‘em folks, the segment also offers other vehicles such as the Ford Fusion Energi sedan, and the Ford C-Max hatchback. The only vantage the Volt has over these vehicles is on the range. Their range is capped at 20 miles. Others include the BMW i3, and the Toyota Prius Plug-In.

2017 Chevrolet Volt Release Date & Price

2017 Chevrolet Volt release date

According to Chevrolet, the Volt Premier 4dr hatchback will go for sale for an MSRP starting from $37,570, while the Volt LT 4dr hatchback will do the same but from $33,220. The latest you can expect the 2017 Volt is sometimes in March 2017, at least according to latest news for its release date.

2017 Chevrolet Volt Exterior Pictures

2017 Chevrolet Volt rear angle, taillights

The exterior of the new model is instantly recognizable. Chevrolet incorporated performance vehicle DNA inspired cues refined in the wind tunnel with a new, muscular design. Both the efficiency and design have been epitomized through new design cues and active grille shutters.

Colors, materials, and design cues all combine in a greater detail to lend the new model a more contemporary, premium aura to its look.

2017 Chevrolet Volt Interior Changes

2017 Chevrolet Volt interiror, steering wheel, dashboard, gear shift knob

Inside, the blue ambient lighting complements the upscale aura provided by the inviting fresh colors. The controls are intuitively placed and are easier to use. Some of the standard accessories available include automatic climate control, an auxiliary audio jack, two USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, keyless entry and ignition, and Chevrolet’s MyLink interface.

2017 Chevrolet Volt interior, leather front and back seats

Available Trims

Two trims are offered for the 2017 Chevrolet Volt: LT and Premier.

Engine Specs

2017 Chevrolet Volt engine

Two electric motors offering 149 horsepower and a 1.5L gasoline generator consist the plug-in hybrid system. The two electric motors derive their power from an available 18.4 kW lithium-ion battery pack. A depleted battery takes 4.5 hours to recharge.

Specifications

2017 Chevrolet Volt auto show, side view, alloy wheels

Wheelbase: 8 ft. 10.1 in. (106.1 in.)
Length: 15 ft. 0.4 in. (180.4 in.)
Width: 5 ft. 11.2 in. (71.2 in.)
Passenger volume: 90 ft³
Cargo volume: 11 ft³
Curb weight: 3523 lb
Top Speed: 105 mph
0-60: 7.3 sec
MPG (battery only): 53/45 (suburban/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Citron Green Metallic, Heather Gray Metallic, Iridescent Pearl Tricoat, Kinetic Blue Metallic, Mosaic Black Metallic, Silver Ice Metallic, Siren Red Tintcoat, Summit White…
Towing Capacity: N/A lbs

Safety

2017 Chevrolet Volt safety

Some of the safety features available include stolen vehicle assistance, automatic crash notification, OnStar emergency communications, pedestrian collision alert, remote door lock, adaptive cruise control, a blind spot monitor, forward collision alert, and rear-cross traffic alert. NHTSA is yet to offer the crash impact safety protection ratings. It is most likely they’ll be offered during the Volt’s release date.

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2017 Chevrolet Volt front angle, silver color, headlights, grille and badges

2017 Chevrolet Volt exterior, black color, front view, headlights, grille and badges

2017 Chevrolet Volt exterior, side view, alloy wheels

2017 Chevrolet Volt exterior, silver color, side view, headlights and alloy wheels

2017 Chevrolet Volt front view, headlights, grille and badges

2017 Chevrolet Volt rear view, silver color, taillights and badges

2017 Chevrolet Volt trunk, cargo space

2017 Chevrolet Volt interior, steering wheel, dashboard, lcd screen

2017 Chevrolet Volt interior, gear shift knob