Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport track-bred street racer unveiled
Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport track-bred street racer unveiled (Photo: Newspress)
Nick Maronese, Autofocus.ca
Published Monday, March 7, 2016 10:56AM EST
Chevrolet has unviled its Corvette Grand Sport, a "lightweight racetrack-bred machine designed for purists," the automaker said at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.
With the Z07 package, the Grand Sport can pull off up to 1.2 Gs in the corners, thanks to the engineering it borrows from the C7.R GTE Pro race car.
Its naturally-aspirated LT1 V8 makes 460 horsepower, which gets the Grand Sport’s Michelin Pilot Sport 2 Cup tires going but can be halted quite quickly by the available carbon ceramic-matrix brakes.
A seven-speed manual is standard but an eight-speed paddle-shift automatic is optional; the Grand Sport gets a unique wheel design, too.
But for buyers really looking for exclusivity, Chevrolet’s also making a Collector Edition Grand Sport, available only in Watkins Glen Grey Metallic with Tension Blue hash-marks over the fenders and Tension Blue interior highlights.
The Corvette Grand Sport coupe and convertible should hit showrooms in the summer, while the Collector Edition will go on sale later in the year.