GM has created the new track-orientated Corvette Grand Sport, bringing back an iconic name in the process
Chevrolet has unveiled the new Corvette Grand Sport at the Geneva motor show, an entry-level track-spec car slotting somewhere between the standard Stingray and supercar-slaying Z06.
Mention the name Grand Sport in the same breath as Corvette, and most car enthusiasts will remember the somewhat serious racing packages that were offered for enthusiast racers in the 1960s. There was also a C4 Generation too, which re-introduced the Grand Sport model to the modern age.
The 2017 Grand Sport features the relatively low-powered 460bhp version of the 6.2-litre engine, although it does at least receive dry-sump lubrication and a more substantial cooling system – taken from the Z51 performance pack. The GS also gets a switchable sports exhaust, which adds around 5bhp.
It’s the chassis set-up that defines the Grand Sport though, with Chevrolet claiming that the Grand Sport can pull up to 1.05g in corners on the standard Michelin SuperSport tyres. This is a car built for regular track work, and features wider wheels, along with wider arches. The brake set-up is unique to the Grand Sport, being larger than the Stingray’s, but not quite as earth stopping as the Z06. Magnetic Ride Control is fitted as standard, along with revised springs and anti-roll bars.
The standard road car gets Watkins Glen Gray pain, with a Tension Blue front fender stripe. There’s also special Collectors Edition available for early buyers, which adds the interesting blue interior flourishes.
Prices haven’t confirmed yet, but it is thought to be considerably cheaper than the $80,000 starting price currently asked for the ultimate Z06 model.