2017 CORVETTE GRAND SPORT
Corvette fans — get ready to pick your jaw up off the floor. Chevrolet is unveiling its 2017 Corvette Grand Sport and it’s rich with racing history.
The new Grand Sport is part Stingray, part Z06. It essentially combines the LT1 Stingray’s 460 horsepower V8 with body and chassis refinements from the super-charged Z06.
Chevy says the end result is that the Grand Sport combines a lightweight architecture, a track-honed aerodynamics package, Michelin tires and a naturally aspirated engine to deliver exceptional performance.
It gets even better though. For the first time ever, you can tack on a Z07 package to all of that. It adds carbon ceramic brakes, Pilot Sport 2 Cup tires and a carbon-fiber aero package that Chevy says delivers “true downforce.” Do that, and you’ll have a naturally aspirated Stingray Chevy says can pull 1.2 G’s.
The Corvette Grand Sport coupe and convertible will be available this summer in U.S. and a Collector Edition will be available later in the year.
The Grand Sport’s history has its roots in 1960s. It’s last incarnation was in 2014 when a new generation bred the new C7.R race car. Like the previous generation in 2010, it used a production Z06 frame for its foundation, but for the first time it was built alongside the production models’ frames at the Bowling Green, Ky., assembly plant. The C7.R won the GTE Pro class at Le Mans in 2015.
ASTON MARTIN DB11
We don’t think we’ll be going out on a limb to say the new Aston Martin is definitely one James Bond would want in his garage.
This week, the automaker introduced its most powerful DB model yet, the DB11.
Three years in the making, the automaker calls it the most significant new Aston Martin since the introduction of the DB9 in 2003, and we don’t disagree. It’s a stunning sportster every way you look at it with some big changes under the skin.
The DB11 is the first Aston Martin launched under the company’s ‘Second Century’ plan. As such, it gets the first turbocharged engine in the DB lineup. It’s a 5.2-liter twin-turbo V12 engine that delivers 600 horses. The engine is mated to a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission and a mechanical limited-slip differential. The DB11 can hit a top speed of 200 mph and zoom from 0-62 in 3.9 seconds.
The DB11 is also built upon a new bonded aluminum structure which makes it lighter and stronger. It comes with a new suspension, a new cabin and a Mercedes-Benz-based electronic architecture.
It’s priced at just under $212,000.