What’s a Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport then?
A hunkered-down, track-focused Tarmac terror much like the Z06, only without that car’s supercharged grunt.
What do I need to know?
It may only have the standard Corvette Sting Ray’s 454bhp, 465lb/ft LT1 6.2-litre V8, but the Grand Sport can still tear your face off on a track.
The running gear is lifted almost intact from the hardcore Z06. Near-race car spec suspension is used along with an electronic limited slip differential, truly massive brakes (335mm front, 340mm rear) gripped by six-piston Brembo calipers, and 19in front/20in rear wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres.
The optional Z07 pack adds carbon ceramic brakes, Michelin Sport Cup 2 rubber and a carbonfibre bodykit that generates real downforce.
As a result, the Corvette GS can pull 1.2g in bends. Chevrolet even claims it’s on par with the old Corvette ZR1 – an insanely fast thing – around its Milford test track. With that LSD it should be able to throw some shapes, too.
It won’t be slow in a straight line, either. Chevy hasn’t quoted any performance figures, but bear in mind the standard ‘Vette does 0-62mph in 3.7secs before topping out at 190mph-ish. It will probably be quicker with the optional eight-speed automatic gearbox, but more satisfying with the standard seven-speed manual, which matches revs on downshifts.
The car pictured is a limited-run Collector Edition model, marked out by its Watkins Glen grey paint and rather sudden blue suede/grey leather interior. The stripes are available on any Grand Sport, in a choice of six colours.
When can I buy one?
The Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport goes on sale in the US this summer and arrives in Europe in September. In the UK, you’ll have to put up with left-hand-drive.
How much does it cost?
To be confirmed, but Corvettes are always conspicuously good value.
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By Only Motors