This is the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport, which at first blush looks a bit like a monstrous Z06. If you caught our First Drive review back in July, you’ll probably recall that the Grand Sport is essentially a regular C7 with a Z06-like wide-body kit and uniquely-tuned handling goodies. The wider fenders allow the Grand Sport to utilize larger brakes, and more importantly the option (for an uncharge) of fitting wide, sticky Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.
Since the GS sticks with the tried-and-true LT1 V8, which displaces 6.2 liters and makes 460 horsepower, it has plenty of grunt. The end result is a Corvette that can pull 1.2g at the skidpad and hit 60 miles per hour in just 3.6 seconds, while maintaining all the sweetheart characteristics that make the regular Corvette an all-purpose powerhouse.
You can use the Z51 package and some careful spelunking in the Chevrolet Performance catalog to give a regular Corvette similar moves, but there’s something about the whole Grand Sport package that’s more than the sum of its parts. It feels like a special thing. As you can tell in the video above, it charmed us with its myriad special touches as well as its dynamic potential. Come along with us to Atlanta (without the heat and humidity!) and see why the Grand Sport is an instant Corvette classic.