Chevrolet presents 2017 Corvette Grand Sport at Geneva Motor Show

Article by Andrew Christian, on March 7, 2016

Chevrolet has introduced at the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show the all-new 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport, a car bred from motorsports. Inspired by the Corvette C7.R GTE Pro race car that won at the 2015 Le Mans, the new Grand Sport represents an amalgamation of the very things desired for any car – lightweight, aerodynamic, stable and powerful.

Harlan Charles, Corvette product marketing manager, meanwhile, said that the choices for the Grand Sport are almost endless. He noted that the personalization packages allow customers to create their own Corvette Grand Sport statement. Customers may also avail of the Grand Sport Collector Edition, which is finished in exclusive Watkins Glen Gray Metallic with Tension Blue hash-mark graphics as well satin black full-length stripes and black wheels.

The Grand Sport Collector Edition also comes with a distinct Tension Blue full leather and suede-wrapped interior. Interestingly, the Tension Blue color represents a modern take on the hue historically linked to the Grand Sport. Meanwhile, the interior features a 3D representation of the original Grand Sport race car is embossed in the headrests.

Likewise, an instrument panel plaque carrying a distinct build sequence number features the shape of the original Grand Sport race car. Mark Reuss, executive vice president of Global Product Development and Global Purchasing and Supply Chain, remarked that racing has been part of Corvette's essence for more than half a decade, adding that its vast track experience has helped it come up with more capable cars.

He shared that the 2017 Grand Sport has taken Corvette’s track-bred technology to a new level. Corvette will commence sales of the new 2017 Corvette Grand Sport – in coupe and convertible versions -- in the summer of 2016 in the United States and in fall 2016 in Europe.

Exterior Design

The new 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport dons heritage-inspired design cues and features that pay tribute to the original Grand Sport that was launched in 1963. However, only five of the original models were built before the carmaker suspended any direct involvement with motorsports.

Aside from its already track-focused aerodynamic features, the Grand Sport is endowed with a Z06-style grille, specific front fender inserts and wider rear fenders. On the other hand, Chevrolet is offering the Grand Sport models with the exterior and interior colors available on the Stingray.

Chevrolet is also offering a Heritage package, which includes hash-mark fender graphics in six colors and hash-mark detail in the brushed aluminum trim inside the cabin. Customers may also have their Grand Sport with full-length stripes. Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer, remarked that the carmaker offered what it has for the new Grand Sport.

For instance, he said, the Grand Sport can be equipped with a Z07 performance package that includes carbon-ceramic brakes, Michelin Sport Cup 2 summer tires, and carbon-fiber aero package.

Powertrain

The vehicle is powered by a LT1 V8 engine that provides up to 460 hp (343 kW) of output and features dry-sump oiling system and active exhaust. This engine is matched to a seven-speed manual transmission with active rev match, or to an available eight-speed paddle-shift automatic with specific performance calibration.

It likewise features standard magnetic ride control, specific stabilizer bars and unique springs as well as standard electronic limited-slip differential. It is riding on Michelin Pilot Super Sport summer tires with sizes 285/30ZR19 on the front and 335/25ZR20 on the rear, wrapping exclusive Grand Sport wheel with sizes 19x10 inches on the front and 20x12 inches on the rear.

Providing stopping power is a 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. Customers are given the option to avail of the Z07 package that comes with carbon ceramic-matrix brakes and Michelin Pilot Sport 2 Cup tires.

Moreover, the new 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport is gifted with a number of performance technologies and elements from the Corvette Z06 like the chassis tuning and upgraded cooling systems. Likewise, the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport is able to deliver around 1.05g in cornering capability, which could be increased up to 1.2g with the available Z07 package.

With the same package, the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport becomes a more potent track car that managed to complete the road course at GM's Milford Proving Ground just less than a second slower than the previous-generation Corvette ZR1.

Press Release

2017 CORVETTE GRAND SPORT HAS RACING ROOTS

With Corvette Racing in its DNA, the all-new 2017 Corvette Grand Sport is a pure expression of the car’s motorsports-bred pedigree. It was introduced today at the Geneva International Motor Show.

Like the 2015 Le Mans-winning Corvette C7.R GTE Pro race car, the new Grand Sport combines a lightweight architecture, a track-honed aerodynamics package, Michelin tires and a naturally aspirated engine.

The 2017 Corvette Grand Sport offers an estimated 1.05g in cornering capability – and up to 1.2g with the available Z07 package.

Heritage-inspired design cues and exclusive features acknowledge the historic Grand Sport legacy, established in 1963 to take on the world’s best sports cars. Only five were built before a corporate decision suspending direct motorsports involvement ended the project.

“Racing has been part of Corvette’s essence for more than 50 years and that track experience has helped us build better, more capable cars,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president of Global Product Development and Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. “The global acclaim for the seventh-generation Corvette validates that direct link and the 2017 Grand Sport takes its track-bred technology to a new, exciting threshold.”

The Corvette Grand Sport coupe and convertible go on sale this summer in the U.S. and in the fall in Europe.

No holding back

Engineers adapted the chassis tuning, upgraded cooling systems, and performance technologies of the Corvette Z06 to give the new Grand Sport capability commensurate with 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.”

The result is a 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.

Content highlights for Grand Sport include:

Michelin Pilot Super Sport summer tires: 285/30ZR19 (front) and 335/25ZR20 (rear)
Specific Grand Sport wheel design: 19x10 inches (front) and 20x12 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.
In addition to track-focused aero elements, the Grand Sport also features specific front fender inserts, a Z06-style grille and wider rear fenders – a distinctive design package that gives the car a track-ready attitude.

Grand Sport models are offered with the Stingray’s full exterior and interior color palette. An available Heritage package includes hash-mark fender graphics in six colors, with the hash-mark detail carried onto the interior’s brushed aluminum trim. Full-length stripes are also 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.”

Grand Sport Collector Edition

The Grand Sport Collector Edition features an exclusive Watkins Glen Gray Metallic exterior with Tension Blue hash-mark graphics, satin black full-length stripes, black wheels and a unique Tension Blue full leather and suede-wrapped interior.

The Tension Blue color is a bold, modern take on the hue historically associated with the Grand Sport. Inside, a three-dimensional representation of an original Grand Sport race car is embossed in the headrests and that shape is also used on an instrument panel plaque that carries a unique build sequence number.

The Collector Edition will be offered later in the model year in the U.S. and Europe.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 115 countries and selling around 4.0 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value.

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