Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: Chevrolet Press | posted March 03, 2016 08:12
Chevrolet unveils the 2017 Corvette Grand Sport in Geneva
The all-new 2017 Corvette Grand Sport makes its world introduction at the Geneva International Motor Show complete with a new lightweight architecture and a track-oriented aero package that lives up to the marquee’s rich racing heritage.
Offering an estimated 1.05g in cornering capability and up to 1.2g with the available Z07 package, the 2017 Corvette Grand Sport also comes with Brembo brake system with 14-inch rotors and six-piston calipers in front and 13.4 inch rotors and four-piston calipers in the rear, a standard magnetic ride control, specific stabilizer bars and unique springs and a standard electronic limited-slip differential.
"Racing has been part of Corvette's essence for more than 50 years and that track experience has helped us build better, more capable cars. The global acclaim for the seventh-generation Corvette validates that direct link and the 2017 Grand Sport takes its track-bred technology to a new, exciting threshold," said Mark Reuss, Executive Vice-President of Global Product Development and Global Purchasing and Supply Chain.
Powering the 2017 Corvette Grand Sport is an LT1 V8 engine with 466 PS and a dry-sump oiling system and active exhaust mated to a seven-speed manual transmission with active rev match. An eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission with specific performance calibration is also available.
"We didn't hold back with the new Grand Sport. For the first time, buyers can equip the Grand Sport with a Z07 performance package – which adds carbon-ceramic brakes, Michelin Sport Cup 2 summer tires, and carbon-fiber aero package that delivers true downforce," said Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer.
With the Z07 package installed (carbon ceramic-matrix brakes and Michelin Pilot Sport 2 Cup tires), the 2017 Corvette Grand Sport comes in just less than a second off from the track record for the previous-generation Corvette ZR1 at GM's Milford Proving Ground.
Aside from offering it in full Stingray exterior and interior palette, the 2017 Corvette Grand Sport can come in just about any customization package a customer wants including full-length racing stripes.
"The choices are almost endless. The packages take personalization to an unprecedented level, enabling customers to create their own Corvette Grand Sport statement like no other," said Harlan Charles, Corvette product marketing manager.
If this isn’t special enough for the driving enthusiast, a Grand Sport Collector Edition will be released complete with 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. Inside, it will come with a three-dimensional representation of an original Grand Sport racecar embossed on the headrests and the shape is adopted on the instrumentation panel that comes with a unique build sequence number.