Corvette Grand Sport is Bargain Priced from $66,445
The 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport will offer the greatest performance of any non-Z06 C7 Corvette and with a price starting at just $66,445 – the new Grand Sport is a bargain in the performance car segment. While some people might scoff at the suggestion of a $66k 2-seat sports car being a bargain, when you compare what you get with the Grand Sport package to the price of a similar equipped C7 Stingray, the new Grand Sport is nothing short of a bargain performance package.
“The racing DNA of the original Grand Sport race cars is in the 2017 model, adding greater dimensions of capability and driver involvement to the Corvette’s award-winning architecture, for a purer driving experience,” said Harlan Charles, Corvette product marketing manager. “It is a worthy successor to the spirit of the originals.”
Pricing Compared to the Stingray
The 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport coupe starts at $66,445 and the Grand Sport convertible starts at $70,445 – both of which include the destination fees. The 2016 Corvette 1LT (base model) coupe starts at $56,395 and the 1LT convertible starts at $60,395, so when compared to the base model trimline for the Stingray, the Grand Sport has a price starting $10,050 higher than the Stingray in its base form.
However, if you consider the fact that the 2017 Corvette Grand Sport includes standard features which are part of the Stingray Z51 package like the staggered front and rear wheels with Michelin Pilot Super Sport, the electronic limited slip differential, larger front and rear brakes and the Magnetic Ride Control suspension system, it is more accurate to compare the Grand Sport pricing to that of a correctly appointed Stingray.
The 2016 Corvette Stingray 1LT with the Z51 package and Magnetic Ride Control has a price of $63,190, so at $66,445, the unique features of the Grand Sport package only add $3,255. This includes the package-specific suspension components, the lightweight front and rear wheels, the wider rear quarter panels, the unique grille and the other non-functional upgrades like the logos and the package-specific fender vents – all for just $3,255. Also, while we don’t have the pricing for the new Z07 package for the Grand Sport, that is the only way that you can get the Z06 Carbon Ceramic Matrix brakes and the Michelin Pilot Sport 2 Cup tires on a Stingray-based C7 Corvette.
The 2017 Corvette Grand Sport is powered by the same LT1 as the Corvette Stingray with 460 horsepower, and buyers can pick either the 7-speed manual transmission or a unique 8-speed automatic transmission with package-specific gear ratios. When equipped with that automatic transmission and the tires of the Z07 package, the new Grand Sport is able to dash from nil to 60 miles per hour in just 3.6 seconds while running through the quarter mile in just 11.8 seconds.
The combination of the standard Magnetic Ride Control with Grand Sport-specific dampers and stabilizer bars with the 14 inch front brakes and 13.4 inch rear brakes affords incredible cornering and stopping abilities, laying down 1.2g on the skid pad while stopping from 60 miles per hour in less than 100 feet.
While it doesn’t pack the raw power of the new Z06, the 2017 Corvette Grand Sport offers supercar-like cornering and braking abilities, so for the buyer who wants world class handling figures without the power or price of the new Z06 – the 2017 Corvette Grand Sport is an incredible bargain package.
Click here for a full rundown of the 2017 Corvette Grand Sport details from the debut earlier this year!