Geneva 2016: Chevrolet Reveals the Corvette Grand Sport
Chevy developed a track-focused version of the iconic Corvette, and brought it to this year’s Geneva Motor Show. Let’s see what it’s got.
Planned to sit (in the model range) between the Stingray and the Z06, the Grand Sport comes with what it takes to offer you grin-inducing track experiences.
Citing Mark Reuss on the new Grand Sport, GM’s global product development boss, “the global acclaim for the seventh-generation Corvette validates that direct link [between Corvette and racing] and the new Grand Sport takes its track-bred technology to a new, exciting threshold.”
The naturally aspirated V8 engine delivers 460hp to the rear axle, via a seven-speed manual ‘box (an optional 8-speed automatic with paddle shifters is also available).
Between the 335/25 ZR20 rear wheels, there’s an electronic limited-slip differential, while the car runs the Corvette’s magnetic ride control system – both derived from the standard Stingray. Stopping power is provided by Brembo’s 355mm discs 6-piston calipers brakes at the front, with 340 mm rotors and four-piston calipers at the rear.
Once the Z07 package is added, the cornering grip is upped to 1.2G, while the brakes are upgraded with carbon-ceramic discs; Michelin Sport Cup 2 tires and a carbon-fiber aerodynamic package are on the list also.