Corvette fans — get ready to pick your jaw up off the floor. Chevrolet is unveiling its 2017 Corvette Grand Sport.
It’s 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.
Chevy calls the Grand Sport a potent track car. Equipped with the Z07 package, it’s less than one second off the track record for the previous-generation Corvette ZR1 on the road course at GM’s Milford Proving Ground.
Inside, the Grand Sport Collector Edition features a unique Tension Blue full leather and suede-wrapped interior, a three-dimensional representation of an original Grand Sport race car is embossed in the headrests and that shape is also used on an instrument panel plaque that carries a unique build sequence number.
The Corvette Grand Sport coupe and convertible will be available this summer in U.S. It will come in all the colors available for the current Corvette. Full-length stripes are also offered.
“The choices are almost endless,” said Harlan Charles, Corvette product marketing manager. “The packages take personalization to an unprecedented level, enabling customers to create their own Corvette Grand Sport statement like no other.”
A Grand Sport Collector Edition will also be offered later in the year. It will feature an exclusive Watkins Glen Gray Metallic exterior with Tension Blue hash-mark graphics, satin black full-length stripes, black wheels and a unique Tension Blue full leather and suede-wrapped interior.