Chevrolet revives Grand Sport in Geneva
Chevy has accomplished an impressive feat at the Geneva International Motor Show in Switzerland. Not only has the automaker revived a classic Corvette model, but they have built a vehicle that could be more track-ready than the Corvette Z06 C7.R. Coming to dealerships like Don Wheaton next summer or fall, the Canadian release date of the 2017 Chevy Corvette Grand Sport will be cause for celebration. During the presentation in Geneva, Chevrolet representatives made it clear, no corners were cut in bringing the famous Grand Sport back to life for the 2017 model-year.
“Racing has been part of Corvette’s essence for more than 50 years and that track experience has helped us build better, more capable cars,” Mark Reuss, executive vice president of Global Product Development and Global Purchasing and Supply Chain said in Chevy press release. “The global acclaim for the seventh-generation Corvette validates that direct link and the 2017 Grand Sport takes its track-bred technology to a new, exciting threshold.”
That exciting threshold Reuss is speaking of would be just as impressive at the world’s most famous race tracks as it will be in the garage of a Don Wheaton customer. Starting with what was accomplished by the Corvette C7.R GTE Pro that won Le Mans in 2015, the new Corvette Grand Sport uses a similar lightweight platform, track-proven aerodynamics, special tires from Michelin and a naturally aspirated engine.
All of these design cues have resulted in the 2017 Corvette Grand Sport being able to achieve 1.05g in cornering with the potential for 1.2g when the Z07 package is added.
This is first time the Corvette Grand Sport model will be available with the Z07 performance package and its carbon-ceramic brakes, Michelin Sport Cup 2 tires and carbon-fiber elements to increase true downforce. During testing the 2017 Corvette Grand Sport ran the Milford Proving Ground track in less than one second off of the pace of the current record-holding vehicle, the C6 Corvette ZR1.
Chevrolet will also be producing a Grand Sport Collector Edition. This version of the 2017 Chevy Corvette Grand Sport will have an exclusive Watkins Glen Gray Metallic exterior paint scheme with special exterior graphics and a leather interior featuring the historic Tension Blue color. Someone’s Corvette collection is anxiously waiting for this car to come home.
If you would like to start the pre-order process prior to the Canadian release date of the 2017 Corvette Grand Sport, please contact a Don Wheaton sales professional today.