Positioned between the base model Corvette Stingray and the Z06, the 2017 Corvette Grand Sport is the sweet spot in the ‘Vette lineup. With a naturally aspirated 460-hp LT1 under the hood, the enhanced proportions of the Z06 and a top speed approaching 180-mph, the Grand Sport combines the best features of the Corvette line into a sports machine that feels just about perfect regardless of the situation you present to it.
For the full 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport review, specs, pricing and data, read on…
2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Exterior:
When the C7 Corvette Stingray debuted in 2014, it was a radical departure from what we became used to with the C6. The smooth and shapely lines were gone in favor of a more sculpted and streamlined look. Everything about the body was now sharper and more aggressive with the Stingray now taking on a more exotic feel. And while the base model car was a looker in its own right, Corvette fans hoped that the Grand Sport would once again make an appearance. As with the C6 Grand Sport, consumers learned that if they waited just a little while, their favorite, and arguably the best variation of the Corvette, would emerge.
Measuring 3.5-inches wider then the base Stingray, the 2017 Grand Sport shares its bodywork with its supercharged brother, the Z06. That means the inclusion of special 20-inch rims wearing 285/30-series tires up front and massive 335/30-series rubber out back. Large six-piston Brembo brakes with the optional 15.5-inch carbon ceramic rotors are just as much a part of the visual package as any other piece of bodywork. And when combined with the fender callouts, front splitter, lower rocker aero and rear deck spoiler, it’s no surprise that the Grand Sport is a true fan favorite. Keep in mind as well that with ten different color options, accent stripe and decal packages and a choice of five different wheels, owners can truly personalize their Grand Sport to suit their individual tastes.
2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Interior:
For the first time in a long time, the Corvette has a great interior. As a driver’s car, the cabin is centered on making its pilot feel at home. It works well from an ergonomic standpoint, it’s comfortable, can be outfitted with a host of tech and gadgetry making it befitting of the $89,000.00 price tag that accompanied our test car. The power adjustable Competition Sport Bucket Seats (a $1,995.00 option) are built on magnesium frames, utilize high bolsters and have pass-through openings for harnesses. The removable roof comes complete with beautiful crosshatch stitching and stows easily, and the HVAC and touchscreen media center are easy and intuitive to operate.
As with most modern performance cars today, the dash combines both a digital media screen and analog gauges. Everything from a 0-60-mph meter to ancillary information like voltage, oil pressure, tire pressure and even tire temperature can be monitored here. Then there is the Corvette’s heads up display, which, in my opinion, should be a standard feature on every car- it’s that good. A feature often overlooked as well is how much storage the Corvette actually has, allowing it to be extremely useful as a daily driver. And while the interior could still benefit from better materials here and there, the overall feel is great and Chevrolet should be complimented.
2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Performance:
There will always be something about a naturally aspirated small block that feels right. The 6.2L LT1 V8 in the Grand Sport was pulled directly from the Stingray and thus makes the same 460-hp and 465-lb.ft of torque thanks to the dry sump oiling system and dual mode exhaust that’s optional on the Stingray as part of the Z51 package. And for those that think 460-hp isn’t enough, think again. We’re talking about a car that has a top speed of just under 180-mph, hits 60-mph in under 4-seconds and will trip the ¼-mile in around 12-seconds.
Magnetorheoligical dampeners (magnetic ride control) grace the underside of the Grand Sport and are five way adjustable, depending on your mood. We played around with all the settings (Weather, Eco, Tour, Sport, Track) and found Sport to offer the best combination of ride quality and handling. On the open road, the Grand Sport is comfortable, fast and will pull up to 26-mpg on the highway*. Our test car was equipped with the 7-speed manual transmission with active rev matching and it shifted beautifully. However, for those of you who just want to cruise, an 8-speed automatic with paddle shifters is also available.
Get the Grand Sport on your favorite back road or track, however, and that’s when it really comes alive. The LT1 revs to 6,500-rpms and sounds glorious. It’s also predictable and composed when pushed hard. In regards to the brakes, the carbon ceramic units on our car were sledgehammers and will haul the Grand Sport down from 60-mph in just 91-feet. More importantly, though, the GS is a fun and easy car to live with on a daily basis.
2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Safety:
Aside from the aforementioned and optional carbon ceramic brakes, the 2017 Corvette Grand Sport comes with active handling stability control, airbags, electronic traction control, anti-lock brakes, a rear view and curb view camera system, heads up display as well as OnStar and other safety features. All of these are in place to make sure you have a safe driving experience.
2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Overall:
The 2017 Grand Sport is a parts bin car taking the best bits of the Corvette Stingray and the Z06 and combining them into a beautifully engineered package. And while some might not like this approach, it works in this application by providing owners with what might just be the best Corvette in the entire range. Drop by your local AutoNation Chevrolet dealer today to check one out!
*Fuel economy values (mpg) are EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary and depends on several factors including driving habits and vehicle condition.
**Vehicle MSRP of $65,495.00 excludes taxes, title, transportation, options, and dealer fees.