Chevrolet has released pricing for the 2017 version of their Corvette Grand Sport, a track-oriented version of the iconic American sports car. For those lucky enough to purchase these in the USA, prices will start at $66,445, while the convertible version will cost at least $4,000 more. For those who desire a Corvette that’s even more special, GM will also be rolling out a “Collector Edition” Grand Sport Corvette, which is expected to be more expensive.
It should be easy enough to spot a Corvette Grand Sport compared to the regular version, thanks to special exterior elements like front fender inserts, a Z06-style grille, wider front guards, and enlarged rear quarter panels. Chevrolet have also increased the track-width as well, and clients can also order the ‘Heritage package’, which adds features like hash-mark guard graphics, full-length stripes, optional carbon fibre ground effects, and more.
In case you are unfamiliar with the Corvette range, the Grand Sport is essentially an enhanced track-orientated version of the regular Z06. Under the bonnet sits Chevrolet’s LT1 naturally-aspirated V8 engine, which provides 343kW (460hp) of power and 630Nm (465lb-ft) of torque, thanks to the optional performance exhaust system included as standard. Customers can choose between a 7-speed manual gearbox with active rev matching technology, or an 8-speed automatic unit with paddle shifters.
Also standard on the 2017 Corvette Grand Sport is a magnetic ride control system, as well as Brembo brakes. The pair is helped do the best job possible by a set of revised stabilizer bars, new springs, and an electronically controlled limited-slip differential. Chevrolet engineers have also fine-tuned the chassis and cooling systems of the Corvette Grand Sport to suit it for the track. Customers looking for even higher levels of performance can also opt for a ‘Z07 package’, which brings a carbon-ceramic matrix braking system and Michelin Pilot Sport 2 Cup tires instead of the standard Pilot Super Sport Michelins. Before the addition of the Z07 package, Chevrolet estimates that the Corvette Grand Sport is capable of 1.05g in corners, but the former enhances that up to 1.2g.
General Motors has not announced the official performance figures, but they disclosed a 0-60mph (96km/h) acceleration time of just 3.6 seconds with the 8-speed automatic, while the quarter-mile time is 11.8 seconds at 118 MPH with the Z07 performance package.