Since 1963, the Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport has offered sports car fans a luxurious, exclusive track-worthy car. The 2017 iteration picks up where the 2010 model left off, adding more aerodynamic features to the body and a long list of technology upgrades designed to improve performance and handling. Every Dallas road will feel like a track with your foot on the gas pedal of this gorgeous machine.
An Aerodynamic Exterior
The Chevy Corvette Grand Sport takes many aerodynamics cues from the Z06 model. With a lower hood and a sleek profile, this sports car fits right in on the track, slicing through the air like nothing’s there. Wide fenders, racing tires, and custom wheels add function and beauty. The mesh grille adds a bit of a growl to the exterior’s look, and it provides great cooling for all the interior components. Your color options include a gorgeous azure with red hash mark accents on the hood, and a deep metallic gray (on the collector’s edition) with electric blue hash mark accents.
A Design Inspired by a Classic
The Corvette Grand Sport’s heritage matters, and you can see it in the design. The shape has grown more aerodynamic since 1963, but the profiles are still obviously and intentionally similar. Like the 2010 Corvette Grand Sport, to get the hash mark accents you need the Heritage Package, which provides gorgeous details that set this Corvette apart from Chevy’s other Corvette lines while giving that distinct flavor of nostalgia and power.
The Heart of a Racecar
The marriage of direct fuel injection with a 16-valve 6.2L V8 engine provides 460 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 465 lb-ft of torque at 4,600 rpm. Go for the seven-speed manual transmission or the eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifting. When you choose the automatic, you can opt for manual mode when you’re on the Dallas tracks to give you a precise racing experience. Chevy has added its Magnetic Ride technology to the suspension; it stiffens and adapts the suspension 1,000 times each second so that you get the smoothest ride at the fastest speeds.
Other drivetrain technology is equally impressive: a dry-sump oiling system to keep everything under the hood lubricated, an electronic limited-slip differential, and Brembo brakes. Also, you can upgrade to ceramic brakes in the Z07 pack. Expect 17 mpg in the city and 29 mph on the highway.
A Cockpit to Die For
Everything you love about a Corvette cockpit is here in all its glory, but made more stylish and upscale. The seats have magnesium frames within their leaned-back design that curves around the body. A touchscreen in the dashboard offers all the information you want, whether music or directions. The Grand Sport Collector Edition boasts gorgeous blue leather seats, suede throughout the interior, and blue stitching as an accent.
When you drive off in one of these, don’t be surprised if all your friends want to go to the track to try it out. Go ahead; brag a little. Tell them that they’re welcome to a drive — but first, they have to catch you.