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Default 2017 Corvette Grand Sport

For Release: Tuesday, March1, 2016, 4:45 a.m. EST


2017 Corvette Grand Sport Has Racing Roots
A‘purist’ model that leverages a half-century legacy of motorsports success
  • Lightweight architecture and track-honed aerodynamics
  • An engine offering an estimated 1.05g in cornering capability and up to 1.2g with the available Z07 package
  • Coupe and convertible available this summer in U.S. and fall in Europe
  • Grand Sport Collector Edition available later in model year

GENEVA – With Corvette Racing in its DNA, the all-new 2017 Corvette Grand Sport isa pure expression of the car’s motorsports-bred pedigree. It was introducedtoday at the Geneva International Motor Show.

Like the 2015 LeMans-winning Corvette C7.R GTE Pro race car, the new Grand Sport combines alightweight architecture, a track-honed aerodynamics package, Michelin tiresand a naturally aspirated engine.

The 2017 Corvette GrandSport offers an estimated 1.05g in cornering capability – and up to 1.2g withthe available Z07 package.

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

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

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

No holding back

Engineers adapted the chassistuning, upgraded cooling systems, and performance technologies of the CorvetteZ06 to give the new Grand Sport capability commensurate with its racing-derivedhistory.

“We didn’t hold back withthe new Grand Sport,” said Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer. “For thefirst time, buyers can equip the Grand Sport with a Z07 performance package –which adds carbon-ceramic brakes, Michelin Sport Cup 2 summer tires, andcarbon-fiber aero package that delivers true downforce.”

The result is a potenttrack car. In fact, the Grand Sport with the Z07 package is less than onesecond off the track record for the previous-generation Corvette ZR1 on theroad course at GM’s Milford Proving Ground.

Content highlights forGrand 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 totrack-focused aero elements, the Grand Sport also features specific frontfender inserts, a Z06-style grille and wider rear fenders – a distinctivedesign package that gives the car a track-ready attitude.

Grand Sport models areoffered with the Stingray’s full exterior and interior color palette. Anavailable 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 almostendless,” said Harlan Charles, Corvette product marketing manager. “Thepackages take personalization to an unprecedented level, enabling customers to createtheir own Corvette Grand Sport statement like no other.”

Grand Sport Collector Edition

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

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

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


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