By   August 1, 2016

2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport

2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport

Can’t quite afford a Corvette Z06, but a Stingray is a bit too tame for you? Well, the new 2017 Chevy Corvette Grand Sport may be right up your alley. It may have the same 6.2-liter 460 horsepower V8 as is available in the Stingray, but is it just a slightly tuned Stingray?

The Grand Sport is a perfect choice for someone looking for a hard core road legal car that can keep up with much more expensive cars on the track. Out of the box you get a lightweight – at least by today’s standards – machine with an aerodynamics package designed to produce plenty of much needed downforce. On the track cooling is very important and the Grand Sport gets an enhanced cooling package over the Stingray.

“The racing DNA of the original Grand Sport race cars is in the 2017 model, adding greater dimensions of capability and driver involvement to the Corvette’s award-winning architecture, for a purer driving experience,” said Harlan Charles, Corvette product marketing manager. “It is a worthy successor to the spirit of the originals.”

The Grand Sport comes standard with a 7-speed transmission and gets Active Rev Match as standard. For those whose religion is against shifting a car themselves, an eight-speed automatic with paddle shifters is an option. It also gets an electronic limited-slip differential and it comes with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. Chevy estimates that these will help it achieve lateral cornering abilities of 1.05g, but the real performance comes when you opt for the Z07 package.

The Z07 package includes Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires which help it rocket from 0-60 mph in just 3.6 seconds and it can run the quarter-mile in 11.8 seconds hitting a top speed of 118mph. But the Z07 package doesn’t just help the straight line performance, it also improves the lateral cornering ability up to 1.2 g. The package also adds carbon ceramic-matrix brake rotors which, combined with the Brembo braking system adapted from the Corvette Z06, help it stop from 60 mph – 0 in under 100 feet.

“The choices are almost endless,” said Harlan Charles. “The Corvette Grand Sport’s custom ordering options take personalization to an unprecedented level, enabling customers to create their own Corvette Grand Sport statement.”

Is the Z07 package an important option for those looking to buy a Corvette Grand Sport? We’d say it’s very important for anyone wanting to get all that is available out of the ‘Vette.

So, is it fast on the track? Just watch Oliver Gavin take a hot lap in the video below to find out for yourself.

Yeah we’d way it’s pretty quick. All this fun will start at $66,445. We also highly recommend adding the Z07 package to get everything out of the Corvette Grand Sport.

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