Chevrolet has chosen the Geneva Motor Show to reveal a new version of the famed Corvette Grand Sport.
First introduced as a racing package for the Corvette in the 1960s, later generations of the Grand Sport paired uprated suspension and improved handling with standard-tune engines.
The same principle of making a great-handling road car that’s still relatively affordable has been applied to the 2017 model, although its 460bhp 6.2-litre LTI engine does benefit from the cooling system and dry-sump lubrication borrowed from the Z51 performance pack.
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The new model also features uprated suspension with magnetic ride control and meaty 285/30 ZR19 front and 335/25 ZR20 rear Michelin tyres on bespoke Grand Sport design wheels. It also features unique springs and anti-roll bars and is said to be able to pull an impressive 1.05g in corners. The standard Brembo brakes feature 14-inch rotors at the front with six-piston calipers, and 13.4-inch rotors with four piston calipers at the back.
The Corvette Grand Sport will be offered in coupe and convertible body styles with both seven-speed manual (featuring rev-matching) and eight-speed automatic (paddle-shift) gearbox options.
Race-track inspired stripes are on the options list too, as is a Z07 upgrade package that adds Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres, carbon ceramic brakes and various carbonfibre aerodynamic aids.
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The Corvette Grand Sport will go on sale in Europe in the Autumn, with prices to be confirmed. Chevy also plans to release a Grand Sport Collector Edition, in exclusive Watkins Glen Grey Metallic paint with blue hash-mark graphics, satin black body stripes, black wheels plus a full leather and suede interior in Tension Blue.
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