The latest member of the Corvette lineup, the 2017 Grand Sport, is a car in touch with its own history. Equipped with a legendary LT1 6.2-liter engine, the new model proudly carries on the racing tradition of the original 1963 Vette. The aggressive styling, stance and powertrain that longtime enthusiasts have come to expect from a Corvette are all present in the Grand Sport.
The automobile often referred to as “America’s sports car” shows no signs of wanting to cede its title. For Corvettes, performance is where it counts, and the 2017 Grand Sport does not disappoint. The 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine is capable of a thrilling 460 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque, and it can be paired to your choice of a standard seven-speed manual transmission with Active Rev Matching or an available eight-speed, paddle-shift automatic transmission. That adds up to a blistering 0 to 60 mph time of just 3.6 seconds, but also manages a surprisingly decent EPA-estimated highway fuel economy rating of 26 mpg.
When you are dealing with that kind of performance, you need some serious stopping power. Fortunately the delivers in that area, as well, as large standard BREMBO 14.6″/14.4″ two-piece steel rotors give great braking control, and available massive 15.5″/15.3″ BREMBO carbon ceramic rotors with the Z07 Performance Package help cut down on heat, lap after lap.
The 2017 Grand Sport is the best of both worlds: a fresh and exciting new car, but also a widely recognized automobile with a world-class pedigree. Born nearly 55 years ago, the original 1963 Corvette Grand Sport featured lightweight materials and a 6.2-liter 377 CI small block V8 engine. Though only five prototypes in total were built, it set the tone for what was to come from Chevy in the ensuing decades. In 1996, the Grand Sport returned with a limited run of 1,000 models featuring LT4 V8 engines, which marked the end of the fourth-gen Corvette. In 2010 the Grand Sport was again resurrected, this time on a Z06 chassis and equipped with a 436-horsepower, 6.2-liter LS3 V8 engine.
After a seven-year hiatus, the Corvette Grand Sport is now back and better than ever. Not only is this the most powerful model in Grand Sport history, it also boasts exciting new features, including available Chevrolet Performance Data Recorder, which logs video of your driving sessions, and Valet mode, which keeps a watchful eye on your vehicle when someone else is driving it. Because when you possess something this strong, beautiful and respected, it is easy to get a little jealous. Get yours at Les Stanford Chevrolet, America’s Corvette King!