Last week the Geneva International Motor Show was lucky enough to host the unveiling of Chevrolet Corvette’s 2017 Grand Sport, collector’s edition.
The unveiling of Corvette’s newest track-ready legacy came to a surprise for many show attendees who only heard rumors that the unveiling was taking place. After delaying its initial anticipated unveiling by nearly two months, the show attendees were anything but disappointed.
While the Grand Sport was unveiled next to what are arguably the world’s most popular luxury sports cars, the Grand Sport captured the heart of every American there. Although its presence was felt around the world it’s hard to imagine the hype it would have received if it was unveiled back in its home town of Detroit, Michigan.
While it is not set for release until the summer of 2016, European enthusiasts will have to wait until the fall of 2016 to get their hands on one.
So what makes us so excited for the Grand Sport?
Owning a 2017 Grand Sport will be as close to owning a race car as a Corvette consumer can get, with its aggressive track-ready attitude a direct result of its racing-derived history.
“We didn’t hold back with the new Grand Sport,” said Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer. “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.”
Racing is at the heart of Corvette and it pushes Corvette’s engineers to produce better, faster, stronger performance parts. These advancements become incorporated into the constantly evolving Grand Sport and continues to exceed all consumer expectations. As Mark Reuss, executive vice president of Global Product Development and Global Purchasing and Supply Chain said, “The 2017 Grand Sport takes its track-bred technology to a new, exciting threshold.”
What can a driver expect from their Grand Sport?
Content highlights for Grand Sport include:
- Michelin Pilot Super Sport summer tires: 285/30ZR19 (front) and 335/25ZR20 (rear)
- Specific Grand Sport wheel design: 19×10 inches (front) and 20×12 inches (rear)
- Brembo brake system with (355 mm) 14-inch rotors and six-piston calipers in front and (340 mm) 13.4 inch rotors and four-piston calipers in the rear
- Standard magnetic ride control, specific stabilizer bars and unique springs
- Standard electronic limited-slip differential
- LT1 V8 engine rated at (343 kW) 460 hp, with dry-sump oiling system and active exhaust
- Seven-speed manual transmission with active rev match and available eight-speed paddle-shift automatic with specific performance calibration
- Available Z07 package adds carbon ceramic-matrix brakes and Michelin Pilot Sport 2 Cup tires.
(Information courtesy of: Chevrolet)
Anyone who snuffs at the 460 hp doesn’t understand the power of this potent track car. In fact, the Grand Sport with the Z07 package is less than one second off the track record for the previous-generation Corvette ZR1 on the road course at GM’s Milford Proving Ground (Chevrolet) despite the 190 hp difference. This efficiency comes from the aerodynamic design focus of the Grand Sport.
The exterior and interior details are equally as impressive, with a consumer’s possibilities nearly limitless. The Grand Sport will be offered with the Stingray’s full color palette. Different packages will also offer additional details like the Heritage package that includes the easily identifiable hash-mark fender graphics in six colors, with the hash-mark detail carried onto the interior’s brushed aluminum trim. Full-length stripes will also be 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.”
In short, the 2017 Grand Sport is an impressive addition to a long standing American legacy. While waiting patiently until this summer will be nearly impossible, it will be well worth it.
Continue checking back with Rick Hendrick Corvette for details on how to earn your stripes as details for Grand Sport pre-ordering and nationwide delivery are finalized.