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2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport


Starting at a price of $80,395, the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is out of reach for some of Corvette enthusiasts. Chevrolet recognized this and to satisfy these other types of buyers, the automaker is offering almost an identical model for a cheaper price.  I am talking about the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport which made a debut at the Geneva Motor Show last month. The coupe slots between the top of the range Corvette Z06 and the base Corvette Stingray. The model is ideally an excellent blend of the Z06 and the Stingray.

The 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport will be offered in three variations i.e. a coupe, a convertible and a “Collector’s edition’. Already the first model in the Collector’s Edition lineup was auctioned on April 5th with proceedings going to support cancer research at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute. The model fetched $170,000.

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2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Exterior

On the outside, the Grand sport is almost identical to the Z06. However, some minor features set the Grand Sport apart from the ZO6.  The Grand Sport features a similar grille design, headlights, wider fenders, a wider track as well as similar rear quarter panels.

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In fact, to fully differentiate the Grand Sport from the Z06, buyers will have an option for the Heritage package. This package introduces hash-mark fender graphics to the Grand Sport. One can also add full-length stripes. These are offered on a choice of six colors, two of which are new for 2017, they are Sterling Blue Metallic and Black Rose Metallic.

Upon closer inspection though, the Grand Sport stands out thanks to its specific front fender inserts and custom wheel design.

The Collector Edition on the other hand will be offered exclusively in Watkins Glen Gray Metallic exterior. There exterior will also feature Tension Blue hash-mark graphics, Black wheels and Satin Black full-length stripes.

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2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Interior

Similar to the exterior, the interior of the Grand Sport is adopted from the Z06.  However, the automaker has added extra carbon-fiber inserts, a flat-bottom steering wheel featuring a”Grand Sport’ logo and magnesium seat frame structure.

Buyers will have a choice between Competition sport seats or GT seats in any color combination just like on the standard Corvette. Adding the Heritage package introduces brushed aluminum trim with hash-marks.

The Collector Edition on the other hand will have a Tension Blue leather and suede interior trim. It will also have the original Grand Sport race car image embossed in the seat headrests.  There will also be an instrument panel plaque with the same image embossing along with build sequence number starting with “0001” to “1000.” The automaker also says that this does not mean that production will be limited to a thousand units.

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Engine Specs and Performance

As I said earlier, the Grand Sport is an excellent blend of the Z06 and the Stingray. While on the outside and inside it looks like a Z06, its heart…I mean engine is sourced from the Stingray. It is a 6.2 L, V-8 LT1 engine good for 460 horses and 465 lb-ft of torque.  The engine is paired with a 7-speed manual gearbox that features active rev match.  An 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle-shifters is offered as an option. The automatic system has been specifically modified for the Grand Sport.

The automaker has not released performance details. However, we expect the Grand Sport to accelerate to 60 mph from standstill in around 3.5 seconds and reach top speed of 195 mph. This is courtesy of improved aerodynamics and performance equipments sourced from the Z06.

Performance gear

The model is equipped with an array of performance equipment, some as standard and others as part of the optional Z07 package. Standard performance features include redesigned stabilizer bars, magnetic ride control, Brembo brakes and Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.  The Z07 Package on the other hand adds Michelin Pilot Sport 2 Cup tires. The model also features customized cooling systems and a chassis adopted from the Z06.

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Price and release date

The 2017 Corvette Grand sport Coupe will have a starting price of $66,445 MSRP. The Convertible will be more expensive with a msrp $70,445 price tag. The automaker did not reveal the price of the Collector Edition models but don’t expect it to be too expensive from the coupe and the cabriolet.

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Competition

The Porsche 911 Turbo would have been the 2017 Chevy Corvette Grand Sport’s biggest rival but the model which also made a debut at the concluded Geneva Motor Show has already sold out all its 991 units even before they reach dealer showrooms, this considering the fact that is way expensive at $184,900. Other rivals are Audi R8 and Dodge SRT Viper.

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