Reintroduced for the 2017 model year, the Grand Sport trim is a track-focused version of the standard Stingray. Essentially a Z06 “light,” the Grand Sport uses some of the same hardware as its big brother — including a wider rear-end and Brembo brakes — but retains the regular Corvette’s naturally-aspirated engine.
“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.”
In addition to all of the optional packages for the car, CarScoops reports that Chevrolet will also sell a limited number of Grand Sport Collector Edition cars later on in 2017. The collector car will include the blue interior accents seen above, as well as Tension Blue hash-mark graphics, black wheels and a 3D marking on the headrests that depicts the original Grand Sport racer.
Chevrolet is offering customers the choice of a seven-speed manual transmission with Activ Rev Match technology, or an eight-speed paddle-shift automatic unit, both with rear-wheel drive.
For those wanting more there is the Z07 performance package which adds carbon ceramic-matrix brakes, Brembo calipers, and a set of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres. This helps to achieve a maximum cornering g-force of 1.2g.