There’s one part of Chevrolet that still (barely) lives on across the Old Continent – the Corvette. And the US automaker has treated us to a very nice surprise during the ongoing Geneva Motor Show by presenting the 2017 Corvette Grand Sport.
The model has been labeled by the automaker as a “pure expression of the car’s motorsports-bred pedigree, ” and comes with a Z06-inspired grille and wider rear fenders. We also noticed the bespoke 19- and 20-inch wheels shod in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. The lurking appearance hides even more modifications: the engineers fiddled around and came up with a high-performance Brembo braking system, magnetic ride control, and a reworked suspension with special springs and new stabilizer bars. And for added ride control there’s even an electronic limited-slip rear differential. And if the menacing appearance is not enough, eager fans can also go for the Z07 performance package that includes a carbon fiber body kit, carbon-ceramic brakes, and Michelin Sport Cup 2 tires.
Under the hood sits a 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine that delivers 460 horsepower, linked to a seven-speed manual transmission or an optional eight-speed automatic. Future owners can also have the Grand Sport in a Collector’s Edition that packs a bespoke Watkins Glen Gray Metallic exterior with Tension Blue graphics, satin black body stripes, and custom wheels with a black finish. The custom job goes on inside the cockpit where there’s Tension Blue leather and suede upholstery and a “three-dimensional representation of an original Grand Sport race car” embossed in the headrests. The model will be available for US customers starting this summer and European buyers will be able to take delivery of the model sometimes this fall.