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