2017 CHEVROLET CORVETTE GRAND SPORT
The new Grand Sport builds on a legacy established in 1963, when five Grand Sport race cars were built under the direction of the Corvette’s first chief engineer, Zora Arkus-Duntov.
EPA VEHICLE CLASS
NEW FOR 2017
- With Corvette Racing in its DNA, the all-new 2017 Corvette Grand Sport is a pure expression of the car’s motorsports-bred pedigree
- Combining a lightweight architecture, track-honed aerodynamics package, Michelin tires and a naturally aspirated engine, the Grand Sport offer an estimated 1.05g in cornering capability – and up to 1.2g with the available Z07 package
- Heritage-inspired design cues and exclusive features acknowledge the historic Grand Sport legacy
- A special Collector Edition package will be available later in the model year that includes Watkins Glen Gray Metallic exterior color complemented with Tension Blue hash-mark graphics and an exclusive Tension Blue interior
- Offers estimated 0-60-mph performance of 3.6 seconds and quarter-mile capability of 11.8 seconds at 118 mph, with the available Z07 performance package and available paddle-shift eight-speed automatic transmission
- Brembo braking system adapted from the Corvette Z06 offers estimated 60-0-mph performance of less than 100 feet
- Offered in 1LT, 2LT and 3LT trims
- Unique exterior elements include specific front fender inserts and Z06-style grille, as well as wider fenders and rear quarter panels to accommodate a wider track
- Specific Grand Sport cup wheel design: 19x10 inches (front) and 20x12 inches (rear), offered in five appearance finishes
- Front splitter, rockers and wicker bill rear spoiler (carbon fiber ground effects available)
- Functional brake ducts and enhanced cooling package
- Standard Brembo brake system with 14.6-inch (370 mm) rotors and six-piston calipers in front and 14.4-inch (365 mm) rotors and four-piston calipers in the rear
- Standard magnetic ride control, specific stabilizer bars and unique springs
- Standard electronic limited-slip differential
- LT1 V-8 engine rated at 460 hp, (343 kW) with dry-sump oiling system and active exhaust
- The available Z07 package adds larger carbon ceramic-matrix brake rotors in addition to the PS Cup 2 tires
- Five-position Drive Mode Selector that tailors 12 vehicle attributes to fit the driver’s environment
- Interior that offers genuine carbon fiber and aluminum trim, hand-wrapped leather materials and dual eight-inch configurable, color driver/infotainment screens
- Chevrolet MyLink with 8-inch-diagonal color touchscreen
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone projection capability
- Available red safety belts
- PDR updates include mute button for recording , enhanced recording screen shows selected overlay, odometer added to Valet, Sport and Track overlays
- Four standard air bags, including side-impact air bags
- Four-wheel disc brakes with four-channel ABS
- Active Handling with electronic stability control
- Safety belt pretensioners
- Standard rear-vision camera and available front curb-view cameras
- Tire pressure monitoring with run-flat tires
2017 ChevroletCorvette Pricing and Specs
Compare 8 Corvette trims and trim families below to see the differences in prices and features.
Trim Family Comparison
StingrayView 2 Trims
- 6.2L V-8 Engine
- 7-spd man w/OD Transmission
- 455 @ 6,000 rpm Horsepower
- 460 @ 4,600 rpm Torque
- rear-wheel Drive type
- ABS and driveline Traction control
- 1st row removable manual targa composite Sunroof
- 18" silver aluminum Wheels
- front air conditioning, dual zone automatic
- SiriusXM AM/FM/Satellite, seek-scan Radio
- 2 - 1st row LCD monitor
- keyfob (all doors) Remote keyless entry
- Heated mirrors
- leather Seat trim
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Clean Retail Price
The MT clean retail price reflects a reasonable asking price by a dealership for a fully reconditioned vehicle (clean title history, no defects, minimal wear) with average mileage.
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|$88,395||Coming Soon||$69,017 / Excellent|
|$92,395||Coming Soon||$72,069 / Good|
5-Year Cost to Own
- Several models from mild to wild
- Affordable performance compared to competition
- Stylish looks inside and out
- Lowering yourself inside, if you're not used to a low sports car
- Hard to put down full power in Z06
- Interior/roof rattles
Chevrolet Corvette Expert Review
New for 2017
With the return of the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport, the automaker has added a mid-level variant to its flagship sports car lineup. The C7 Grand Sport slots between the Corvette Stingray Z51 and the track-focused Corvette Z06 by combining the base 6.2-liter LT1 V-8 with new bodywork to house the Z06's wider tires. The Z06's optional Z07 track package is also available on the Grand Sport. For 2017, the Corvette lineup gets new paint and interior colors, and more exposed carbon fiber options. The Z06 is also available with a new C7.R Edition.
Introduced for the 1953 model year, the Chevrolet Corvette has outlasted many competitors including the soon-to-be-discontinued Dodge Viper. The Corvette also competes with exotic Japanese and European sports cars well above its price point.
When the seventh-generation Chevrolet Corvette Stingray arrived for the 2014 model year, it was a major step up from its predecessor. Two body styles are offered: the coupe with a removable targa top and the soft-top convertible. Power for the base Stingray and new Grand Sport models comes from a 6.2-liter LT1 V-8 rated 455-460 hp and 460-465 lb-ft. A seven-speed manual is standard, while an eight-speed automatic is available. The Stingray is available with the Z51 performance package, while the Z07 track package is available on the Grand Sport.
The top-spec Corvette Z06 is powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V-8 making a massive 650 hp and 650 lb-ft. Like its lesser brethren, the Z06 is offered with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed auto. The available Z07 package adds more aggressive and adjustable aerodynamic bits, Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup, and larger Brembo carbon ceramic-matrix brake rotors.
In addition to its front and side curtain airbags, the Corvette features run-flat tires (on most models) as part of its safety equipment. Additionally, OnStar Guidance adds advisor-based safety and security features such as Automatic Crash Response, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, and more. As with most sports cars, the Corvette hasn't been tested by the NHTSA or IIHS.
What We Think
Although the C7 Corvette is a huge step up in quality and performance from previous generations, the all-American sports car isn't without faults. In the verdict of our long-term 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51, we noted a few issues that popped up after one year of ownership: the interior and removable top rattled, the electric parking brake switch would stick, and the MyLink infotainment screen quit working. Additionally, the Z06 was the only car in our 2015 Best Driver's Car completion that did not finish due to a lack of power even with addition of high-octane fuel.
Despite its flaws, the current Corvette is the quickest, best-handling, and most luxurious version in over six decades. Though we haven't tested the new Corvette Grand Sport, we think it might just be the Goldilocks of the lineup.
Active exhaust adds 5 hp/5 lb-ft to the LT1 engine while adding a more aggressive sound.
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Chevrolet Corvette (C7)
Seventh generation of the Corvette sports car
This article is about the seventh generation of the Chevrolet Corvette sports car. For general Corvette information, see Chevrolet Corvette.
|Chevrolet Corvette (C7)|
Chevrolet Corvette (C7) Z06
|Manufacturer||Chevrolet (General Motors)|
|Assembly||United States: Bowling Green, Kentucky|
|Class||Sports car (S)|
|Body style||2-door targa top|
|Layout||Front mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive|
|Wheelbase||106.7 in (2,710 mm)|
|Length||176.9 in (4,493 mm)|
|Width||73.9 in (1,877 mm)|
|Height||48.6 in (1,234 mm)|
|Curb weight||3,347 lb (1,518 kg) (Base)|
3,444 lb (1,562 kg) (Z51)
3,523 lb (1,598 kg) (Z06)
3,560 lb (1,615 kg) (ZR1)
|Predecessor||Chevrolet Corvette (C6)|
|Successor||Chevrolet Corvette (C8)|
The Chevrolet Corvette (C7) is the seventh generation of the Corvette sports car manufactured by American automobile manufacturer Chevrolet. It was introduced for the 2014 model year as the first to bear the Corvette Stingray name since 1976. The first C7 Corvettes were delivered in the third quarter of 2013.
Development and introduction
GM executives began planning the next-generation (C7) Corvette sports car in 2007. The car was originally planned for the 2011 model year, but was delayed.Mid-engine and rear-engine layouts had been considered, but the front-engine, rear-wheel drive (RWD) platform was chosen to keep costs lower.
The lead exterior designer of the C7 Corvette was Hwasup Lee, whose team completed the design between 2010 and 2011. The design director for the C7 was Kirk Bennion and the design was approved by the division's design director, Tom Peters, in 2011.
The 2014 Corvette debuted on Sunday, January 13, 2013, in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show. Chevrolet also showed the new crossed flags logo for the Corvette.
While overall the C7 attempts to provide an evolutionary redesign to an iconic theme, the car's designers incorporated aggressive angular elements. The C7 received criticism for some of the more styled elements of the car. "The rear contains what will surely be the C7's most controversial styling elements. It's all creases and vents back there, with aggressive trapezoidal taillights similar to those found on the current Camaro and quadruple-barreled tailpipes lined up in a neat row in the center of the rear valance", wrote Jason Kavanagh for Edmunds. Functional aerodynamic aids are tacked on or cut into every body panel of the C7, often juxtaposed against sharp creases. This is a radical departure from the prior generations of Corvettes, whose styling had no spoiler, few body panel creases, and only semi-functional gills for front brake cooling. In addition, past Corvette models minimized the size of headlamps or even hid them altogether. The C7 reverses that minimalist styling language with intricately styled headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lights (DRL).
The C7's all-new LT1 6.2L Small Block V-8 engine develops 455 horsepower (339 kW) and 460 pound-feet (620 N⋅m) torque, which can accelerate the car from 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds. The C7's suspension consists of independent unequal-length double wishbones with transverse fiberglass mono-leaf springs and optional magnetorheological dampers, similar to its predecessor.
2014 model year
Production and customer delivery of the 2014 Corvette Stingray Coupe began in September 2013. Corvette assembly plant tours in Bowling Green, Kentucky began in October 2013. Production of the Stingray Convertible began at the end of 2013. The fifth generation of the small block engine used in the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray was built in GM's Tonawanda Engine Plant.
The first production 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible was sold in 2013 Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach to Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick for US$1,000,000 in a Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer institute charity lot.
A month after the first 2014 Corvette Stingray, 485 vehicles had been delivered. Of these early orders, 38% included 7-speed manual transmission, and 75% included the Z51 Performance Package (54% also selected the magnetic ride suspension system).
The 2014 Corvette features a carbon fiber hood and removable roof panel. Its fenders, doors, and rear quarter panels remain fiberglass composite. The C7 uses Aerogel, a material developed by NASA, to keep heat from the transmission tunnel from transferring into the cabin. The under-body panels are made of "carbon-nano" composite. The chassis is made of hydro-formed aluminum. The rear tail lights use indirect LED technology.
Despite the increased use of aluminum and other light weight materials, the overall weight of the car remains the same as that of the previous generation (C6). The C7 Corvette offers a seven-speed manual transmission made by Tremec that implements active rev matching. The Corvette also provides a driver mode selector with five settings: Weather, Eco, Tour, Sport, and Track mode. The hood and side vents and inlets assist in cooling and aerodynamic stability. The interior features a driver display that allows the driver to select from several modes with up to 69 different sources of information, ranging from an interactive performance timer to a tire tread temperature display. Two seat options are available: a touring seat for everyday use, and a competition sports seat for track driving with pass-throughs for a racing harness.
The 2014 Corvette LT1 engine, the first of the fifth generation family of small block engines, retains the push-rods acting on overhead valves design. It implements direct fuel injection, Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation), and continuously variable valve timing.
Models and special editions
Corvette Stingray Coupe
The Corvette Stingray Coupe went on sale in the US in the third quarter of 2013, as a 2014 model-year vehicle. The 2014 Corvette was equipped with a Tremec TR-6070 7-speed manual with rev-matching for both downshifts and upshifts, or a Hydramatic 6L80 6-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission optimized for Active Fuel Management.
In Japan, sales of the Corvette Stingray Coupe and Z51 version began in April 2014.
The top-level 3LT interior package includes a Bose 10-speaker audio system, SiriusXM radio with HD receiver, color head-up display, Performance Data Recorder, memory package, navigation system, heated and ventilated seats with power lumbar and bolster adjustment, premium Napa leather seating surfaces, and leather-wrapped dash, instrument panel, console, and door panels.
Corvette Stingray Convertible
The 2014 Stingray Convertible is a version of the 2014 Corvette Stingray with a power-operated fabric roof. The roof can be opened at speeds of up to 30 mph (50 km/h). The convertible was unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The Japanese version went on sale in May 2014.
Z51 Performance Package
The Z51 Performance Package includes dry sump lubrication, specific close-ratio gearing, transmission-cooling system, larger 19-inch front and 20-inch rear aluminum alloy wheels and dual-compound Michelin tires, larger slotted rotors and brake-cooling ducts, electronic limited-slip differential and differential cooling system, unique chassis tuning, and optional Magnetic Ride Control active-handling system with Performance Traction Management. Its center of gravity height is 17½"; lower than the Lotus Elise.
2013 SEMA concepts
Three Corvette Stingray concepts were displayed at the 2013 SEMA Show.
The Corvette Stingray Gran Turismo concept was made to promote the Gran Turismo 6 video game, and was one of the playable cars. It features a custom blue paint scheme, yellow-tinted headlamps, carbon fiber rear spoiler, ground effects kit, and front splitter; and a custom front grille, front fender, and rear quarter vents.
The Corvette Stingray Convertible Atlantic concept had a Blade Silver body color, Carbon Flash Metallic front splitter, rocker extensions and rear lower diffuser, Fusion Gray headlamp housings and hood accents, a suede wrapped interior package, chrome five-spoke wheels, molded splash guards, a windscreen mounted behind the seats. The Corvette Stingray Coupe Pacific concept had a Torch Red body color, Z51 Performance Package, a carbon fiber hood, trim kit, and removable roof panel; a black front splitter and rocker extensions, Z51 rear spoiler, a Carbon Flash graphics package, and satin black aluminum wheels with a red accent stripe.
The 2014 Corvette Stingray Premiere Edition marked the introduction of both the coupe and convertible. The coupe version, which debuted in 2013, was limited to 500 units in Laguna Blue Tintcoat. The convertible, which debuted in early 2014, was limited to 550 units in Lime Rock Green. Both versions featured Brownstone suede interior, carbon-fiber interior and roof, Z51 Performance Package, Magnetic Selective Ride Control, a "stinger" hood stripe, custom luggage from Thule, and an exclusive dash plaque.
2015 model year
In 2015, the 8L90 eight-speed automatic transmission was available as an option for all Corvette models. The 8L90 is built at GM's Toledo, Ohio, transmission facility.
Major changes for the 2015 model year, in addition to the reintroduction of the Z06, were limited to the introduction of the 8L90 automatic transaxle (replacing the 6L80 transaxle), as well as the dual mode exhaust becoming standard on Z51 cars.
Performance Data Recorder
The Performance Data Recorder (PDR) is an optional system that allows Corvette drivers to record performance data while driving and review the results.  A 720p high-definition camera mounted within the windshield header trim records the driver's point-of-view through the windshield, with audio recorded via a dedicated microphone in the cabin. The system uses a dedicated GPS receiver more precise than the one in the navigation system. The recorder can access vehicle information, ranging from engine speed and transmission-gear selection to braking force and steering-wheel angle. It uses a dedicated SD-card for recording and transferring video and vehicle data.
The PDR system can record video with three data overlay options, each rendered in real time. "Track Mode" shows the most data on the screen, including speed, rpm, g-force, a location-based map, and lap time. "Sport Mode" shows fewer details but includes key data including speed and g-force. "Touring Mode" shows no data; it simply records and displays video and audio of the drive. Additionally, "Performance Mode" records performance metrics, such as 0 to 60 mph acceleration, 1/4-mile speed and elapsed time, and 0-100-0 mph runs.
The PDR vehicle data can be viewed in the included "Cosworth Toolbox" software. The application overlays recorded laps on a satellite map of the track, and allows lap-by-lap comparison of vehicle speed, time, and cornering force. The video can be viewed on the Corvette Stingray's eight-inch color touchscreen (when the car is parked), or transferred to a computer for editing and sharing on social media.
Models and special editions
In 2015, the 1LT package became available for the Corvette Stingray coupe and convertible:
For the 2015 model year, a performance version of the Corvette called the Z06 was introduced at the North American International Auto Show. The Z06 comes with a 6.2 L (376 cu in) supercharged and intercooledLT4V8 engine with Rotocast A356T6 aluminum cylinder heads and a 1.7-liter Eaton R1740 TVS Supercharger, which generates 650 hp (659 PS; 485 kW) at 6,400 rpm and 650 lb⋅ft (881 N⋅m) at 3,600 rpm of torque, giving the Z06 a top speed of 185 mph (298 km/h). The Z06 is available with a Tremec seven-speed manual with rev-matching technology or a Hydramatic8L90 eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.
Changes to the body of the Z06 include a removable carbon fiber roof panel, a front splitter, a unique carbon fiber hood with a larger vent, larger front fender vents and unique air blades over the inlets on the rear fenders, a larger unique rear spoiler, and rear-fascia openings that are larger than that of the Stingray. The redesigned mesh pattern on the front fascia allows for maximum airflow to the supercharger's intercooler heat exchanger, while dedicated brake-cooling intakes and wider grille outlets on the bottom serves as air diffusers. It rides on 19×10-inch front and 20×12-inch rear spin-cast aluminium wheels on Michelin Pilot Sport P285/30ZR19 front and 335/25ZR20 rear tires.
Inside the Z06, there are a choice of two magnesium frame seats (GT seat or a Competition Sport seat with more aggressive side bolstering), a steel-reinforced grab bar on the center console for the passenger, soft-touch materials on the edge of the console, and a fully wrapped interior with Nappa leather, aluminum, carbon fiber, and microsuede, depending on the trim level.
Mechanical features of the Z06 include Brembo brakes (371×33-mm front and 365×25-mm rear two-piece steel disc brakes, aluminum six-piston front and four-piston rear fixed calipers), uniquely calibrated SLA-type front and rear suspension design, Magnetic Ride Control dampers, electronic limited-slip differential (eLSD) integrated with electronic stability control, and Performance Traction Management.
The US model of the Z06 went on sale in January 2015, with a base price of US$78,995. Chevrolet offered buyers of the Z06 an opportunity to personally assemble the engine used in their cars as part of a US$5,000 package.
The Corvette Z06 Convertible includes a power-folding top that can activate at driving speeds up to 50 km/h (31 mph), as well as repositioned safety-belt mounts. It was unveiled at the 2014 New York International Auto Show, alongside the Corvette Z06 coupe.
Z07 performance package
The Z07 performance package includes Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 P285/30ZR19 front and 335/25ZR20 rear tires, 394x36mm front and 388x33mm rear carbon ceramic-matrix brake discs, and revised suspension tuning (RPO FE7) which raises spring rates front and rear 62% and 22% respectively, changes stabilizer bar bushing material, and fits the Magnetorheological shocks with modified valving for a higher “passive” curve in addition to more aggressive damping tuning.
The optional stage 2 carbon-fiber aero package (in either black or a visible carbon-fiber finish) adds a carbon fiber front splitter with small winglets, carbon fiber rocker panels, and a larger rear spoiler while stage 3 builds on that with larger front splitter winglets and a clear, adjustable wickerbill – a small, vertical section in the middle of the rear spoiler that significantly increases downforce.
Atlantic/Pacific Design Package
The 2015 Corvette Stingray Atlantic Design Package is based on Z51-equipped Corvette Stingray convertibles with 2LT or 3LT trim. The package includes a Z06-style front splitter, Shark Gray exterior vents, "stinger" graphic and tonneau inserts on the hood, chrome wheels, Stingray logos, and custom luggage bags.
The 2015 Corvette Stingray Pacific Design Package is based on the Z51-equipped Corvette Stingray coupe with 2LT or 3LT trim. The package includes satin black full-length racing stripes, satin black Z51 wheels with red stripe and Stingray center caps, carbon fiber ground effect package along with exposed carbon fiber roof panel, Carbon Flash rear spoiler, red brake calipers, Competition Sport seats, carbon fiber interior trim, and an indoor car cover.
2016 model year
A mid-year production change involved the phasing out of 4 exterior colors and the addition of a new color, Admiral Blue, at the end of the 2016 production run.
Models and special editions
Three "design packages" were offered: the Twilight Blue Design Package, Spice Red Design Package, and Jet Black Suede Design Package. They were available on 3LT and 3LZ trim models. The Twilight Blue and Spice Red packages included full-color instrument panel, doors, and seats, chrome badges, and Shark Gray painted exterior vents. Convertible models included a blue, red, or black top matching the package. The packages included special aluminum wheels, 19" front and 20" rear, painted Pearl Nickel in the Twilight Blue and Spice Red packages for the Z06, and Satin Black in the Jet Black package. The design packages were offered with white, gray, and silver exterior colors, along with a color matching the package (Night Race Blue, Long Beach Red, and Black, respectively).
Z06 C7.R Edition (ZCR)
Available only with 3LZ trim, the Z06 C7.R Edition is primarily an appearance package. Interior features include a Jet Black leather trimmed and suede wrapped interior, competition sport seats, suede wrapped steering wheel and shifter, yellow contrast stitching, carbon fiber interior package, C7.R Limited-Edition interior plaque (includes racing victories) and Corvette Racing sill plates. On the exterior, changes include black Z06 Wheels with yellow stripe, yellow brake calipers, Corvette Racing wheel center caps, visible carbon fiber, Spectra Gray grille and vents, C7.R graphics, and the Z07 Performance Package with carbon ceramic brakes. The package is available in either Black or Corvette Racing Yellow exterior colors. It included its own sequential VIN starting with 700001. Only 500 units were produced.
2017 model year
Production for the 2017 model year began on July 11, 2016 and ended on May 29, 2017 with the 2018 model year production officially beginning the following week.
Models and special editions
Grand Sport (Z15)
In April 2016 at the Geneva Auto Show, Tadge Juechter, the chief engineer on the C7, introduced the new Grand Sport model for the 2017 model year. The Grand Sport is a hybrid of the Z51 Stingray and the Z06; sharing much of the wide body work of the Z06 (except the hood) with the Z51 LT1 dry sump engine. The Grand Sport features:
- Michelin Pilot Super Sport summer tires: 285/30ZR19 (front) and 335/25ZR20 (rear)
- unique Grand Sport wheel design: 19x10 inches (front) and 20x12 inches (rear)
- Brembo brake system: 14 in (356 mm) rotors and six-piston calipers in front, and 13.4 in (340 mm) rotors and four-piston calipers in the rear
- magnetic ride control, specific stabilizer bars and unique springs
- electronic limited-slip differential
- LT1 V8 engine rated at 460 hp (343 kW), with dry-sump oiling system and active exhaust
- 7-speed manual transmission, with active rev match and available eight-speed paddle-shift automatic with specific performance calibration
Grand Sport models are offered as a convertible or coupe with either a 7-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmission.
An available Z07 package adds carbon ceramic-matrix brakes and Michelin Pilot Sport 2 Cup tires. An available Heritage Package includes interior brushed aluminum hash marks, and floor mats with the Grand Sport logo.
Grand Sport Collector Edition (Z25)
As part of the introduction of the Grand Sport, Chevrolet also introduced a Grand Sport Collector Edition, which was meant to be limited to 1,000 vehicles, with 850 allocated to the US market. 784 coupes and 151 convertibles were built; 935 total. The Collectors Edition was a cosmetic package that contained some unique features, including Tension Blue fender hash-marks, two-tone Tension Blue leather seating surfaces with an embossed Grand Sport logo on the headrest, blue leather stitching, and a numbered dash plaque.
The registry for the Grand Sport Collector Edition has collected specific production configurations and details of the vehicles in the series.
2018 model year
Production for the 2018 model year officially began on June 5, 2017. Production was suspended on July 28, when the plant shut down for new paint facility upgrades as well as the addition of a new assembly line for the 2019 ZR1 model. Plant tours were suspended for 18 months as a result of this shut down. The plant resumed production on November 6, 2017. The 2018 model year ended on January 26, 2018.
Models and special editions
The Stingray, Grand Sport and Z06 models continued into the 2018 model year.
Carbon 65 Edition (Z30)
Commemorating the 65th anniversary of the Corvette, Chevrolet offered the Carbon 65 Limited Edition for the 2018 model year. This edition was limited to 650 units globally, painted exclusively in Ceramic Matrix Gray. It was available on Grand Sport 3LT and Z06 3LZ trims in both convertible (blue top only) and coupe bodies. The Carbon 65 Edition option package included unique fender stripes and door graphics, black wheels with machined grooves on summer-only tires, blue brake calipers, a Jet Black suede-wrapped interior with blue stitching, and various unique badges. Carbon fiber applications included visible ground effects, hood section and roof (coupe) or tonneau inserts (convertible), spoiler, steering wheel rim, and gloss interior trim.
2019 model year
2019 was the final model year for the seventh generation of the Corvette. Chevrolet auctioned off the final C7 Corvette, a black Z06 coupe, at a Barrett-Jackson charity auction held in Connecticut on June 28, 2019. The actual car was assembled in November 2019.
In January 2019, Chevrolet introduced a special edition of the Corvette Grand Sport called the Drivers Series. This edition features four paint schemes each selected by Corvette Racing team's drivers Tommy Milner, Oliver Gavin, Jan Magnussen, and Antonio Garcia. The livery selected by Tommy Milner includes an Elkhart Lake Blue exterior with silver stripes and red hash marks, body-color mirrors, black wheels with red stripe and red brake calipers, and a Jet Black Suede interior with red seat belts. The livery selected by Oliver Gavin includes a Shadow Gray exterior with Torch Red center stripe and Torch Red hash marks, Carbon Flash mirrors, black wheels with red stripe, red brake calipers, and an Adrenaline Red interior with red seat belts. The livery selected by Jan Magnussen includes an Arctic White exterior with Crystal Red stripes and gray hash marks, body-color mirrors, black wheels with red stripe and red brake calipers and a Jet Black interior with red seat belts. The livery selected by Antonio Garcia includes a Racing Yellow exterior with “Jake” stinger stripe, red hash marks, Carbon Flash mirrors, black wheels with red stripe and red brake calipers, and a Jet Black interior.
All four of the special liveries were available on the Grand Sport. The cars also came fitted with an interior plaque commemorating each driver and other unique trim details. The Drivers Series Corvettes went on sale in Spring 2019.
A total of 95 2019 Corvettes were equipped with the Drivers Series Package. Of those, 14 had the Antonio Garcia livery, 21 had the Tommy Milner livery, 25 had the Jan Magnussen livery, and 35 had the Oliver Gavin livery.
The Corvette C7 ZR1 was unveiled at the 2017 Dubai Motor Show for the 2019 model year. The ZR1 is heavily based on the Z06 platform with many noticeable changes, including the all-new 6.2 L; 376.0 cu in (6,162 cc) pushrod LT5 V8 engine equipped with a 2.6 L (0.6 imp gal; 0.7 US gal) Eatonsupercharger that is 52% larger than that of the Z06 along with a new fuel injection system. The new engine is rated at 755 hp (765 PS; 563 kW) at 6,300 rpm and 715 lb⋅ft (969 N⋅m) of torque at 4,400 rpm. The ZR1 also includes an improved engine cooling system with large vents in the front bumpers and on the hood, a larger intercooler, and four more radiators, bringing the total count to thirteen.
The ZR1's aero package was developed in collaboration with Pratt & Miller's Corvette racing team in wind tunnels. It includes a large rear wing bolted directly on the chassis, a front splitter, and a new front underbody spoiler in order to balance out the excess drag. Other changes include an active exhaust system and an upgraded crankshaft, all of which help propel the car to a top speed of 214.88 mph (345.82 km/h) with the low rear wing.
The ZTK Performance Package is an optional aero package for the ZR1. It adds a higher fixed rear wing which generates 60% more downforce than the Z06 with the Z07 package, but also reduces top speed due to aerodynamic drag. The ZTK package also adds carbon fiber front splitter end caps. With the combination of the high rear wing and front underbody spoiler, the ZR1 produces 950 lb (430.9 kg) of downforce at top speed. The ZTK package also fits the ZR1 with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires instead of the standard Michelin Super Sport tires, and specific chassis and magnetic ride control settings for better cornering.
Despite the extensive use of carbon fiber, the ZR1 is heavier than the Z06 at 3,560 lb (1,614.8 kg) due to added fluids for the cooling system. The ZR1 is available with a 7-speed TremecTR-6070 manual transmission with rev-matching technology or an 8-speed GM 8L90 automatic transmission with paddle shifters, which are the same as those found in the Z06. The ZR1 comes with carbon ceramic brakes, double wishbone suspension system and magnetic ride control system as standard with optional brake caliper colors and wheels. The interior includes Nappa leather upholstery, heated seats, carbon fiber rimmed steering wheel and Bose sound system as standard with a variety of performance and comfort options available. The ZR1 went on sale in Q2 2018.
A convertible version of the ZR1 was unveiled at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. Performance figures remain the same as the coupe, but the convertible weighs 60 lb (27 kg) more than its coupe counterpart due to structural reinforcing components.
Main article: Chevrolet Corvette C7.R
The racing version of the 2015 Corvette Z06, called the C7.R, was unveiled at the 2014 North American International Auto Show. Modifications over the Z06 include increased cooling and aerodynamic downforce, including similar front splitters, rocker panels, and front- and rear-brake cooling ducts; a 5.5-litre LS7.R naturally aspirated V8 engine developed specifically for the C7.R having a power output of 491 hp (498 PS; 366 kW), modified suspension system to accommodate wider racing tires and larger brakes, air intake openings on each of the rear quarter panels above the brake ducts, a fixed motorsport rear wing, and larger radiator inlets.
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Stingray 2017 corvette
We're not going to lie: This office was very much divided on the idea of a second long-term example of America's favorite targa top, the Corvette. After the ordeal we went through with our first C7 Stingray—including but not limited to a new engine—many of us thought a second example wouldn't change our minds on the C7 and would only solidify the opinion that it is a very fun to drive, very capable, but unreliable sports car.
Many of us were wrong.
Enter the Grand Sport
The Grand Sport model debuted for 2017, and its combination of Z06 chassis and Stingray powertrain won it a spot on our 10Best Cars list for 2017 (and 2018), after the Stingray fell off the year before. This compelling new variant, and the hope that the C7 might redeem itself, spurred us to order an Admiral Blue Grand Sport for a long-term test. Aside from the $4455 2LT package, which includes heated and ventilated power seats, auto-dimming mirrors, a head-up display, satellite radio, and front-view cameras, our second C7 came with just one other option: General Motors' Performance Data Recorder (a $1795 upgrade). From a 2017 Grand Sport base price of $66,445, the total MSRP rose to just $72,695, representing a fair bit of options restraint.
Before we gathered the initial test numbers, we took the Corvette to the dealer for its 500-mile service. This break-in oil change isn't standard fare for all GM cars, and the normal service interval is 7500 miles. The first two services (in addition to the 500-mile job on the Corvette) are covered as part of GM's new-car warranty.
Break-in miles completed, the Grand Sport in its initial testing achieved a zero-to-60-mph time of 3.9 seconds and hit 100 mph in 9.0 seconds, tripping the quarter-mile tape in 12.3 seconds at 116 mph. It also posted a 139-foot stop from 70 mph and pulled 1.11 g's on the skidpad. The $73K as-tested price is a bargain for this kind of amusement-park ride. Combine it with the chassis capability, and it is the best bang for the buck out there. "It's equal parts frustrating and joyous to drive because of its awesome capabilities and the limited number of opportunities to use them," said Buyer's Guide senior editor Rich Ceppos. He couldn't be more right.
Shortly after its first trip to the test track, however, the Grand Sport showed signs of an ailment that would dog us throughout our time with the car. At just under 6500 miles we discovered that three of its wheels were bent. Two were repaired, but one was cracked and had to be replaced. In all, that was an $1119 trip to the Corvette cobbler, none of which was covered by warranty.
The wheels and tires would hold up for the next 20,000 miles, over which the Corvette spent most of its time in southeast Michigan, although it did travel to Michigan's lovely Upper Peninsula, Virginia International Raceway, Kentucky, and eastern Pennsylvania. Two more trips to the dealer for oil changes and inspections at 7500 and 15,000 miles were covered. At the 22,500-mile service, along with the standard lube swap, GM calls for replacing the cabin air filter, which made our first out-of-pocket service a $218 afternoon. Not too bad considering the LT1 engine's dry sump takes nearly 10 quarts of oil.
Then, while on its first of two trips to Florida, and while wearing Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 winter tires, the left-front wheel and tire were destroyed by a rather large and unavoidable pothole. A new wheel and tire weren't the easiest to source and cost us $1612 before we could get the Corvette back on I-75 and heading north. The C7's lack of a spare tire (as is typical among high-performance cars) is a serious concern when it comes to road-tripping.
Within a month of the Corvette's Florida spring break, while at the dealer for the 30,000-mile service, we had Mr. Goodwrench diagnose a vibration at highway speed and a squeaky rear hatch. The dealer informed us that—surprise!—both right-side wheels were bent. The front was repairable ($145), but the rear wasn't; a replacement cost $641. The 30K-mile service itself ran a very reasonable $138. The squeaking turned out to be just a dirty rear hatch seal, which a technician corrected by adjusting and lubricating it.
That was the end of our wheel troubles . . . for about 4000 miles, by which point all four wheels were bent. All. Four. So we shoveled another $580 to our new best friend, the wheel-repair guy. That, finally, was our last instance of bent wheels on the Grand Sport. In all, we spent $4098 on wheel repair and replacement—seven repairs and three replacements, for an average failure rate of once every 4000 miles.
Outside of tire-and-wheel damage, we also picked up a stone chip in the windshield and a crack that propagated from the impact crater. A local shop replaced the glass for $978, bringing the total damage for this long-termer to $5076. The service total, however, was a very reasonable $527.
Likes and Dislikes
Even with all the Vette's bent wheels, staffers saw it for the all-around sports car that it is. Many felt it has a more refined chassis tune than some cars costing more than twice as much. Others just loved the tire-roasting power. And everyone emoted poetically about the small-block V-8; 460 horsepower goes a long way in the fun category. One lesser-known aspect that came in for praise: the completely dimmable instrument panel and infotainment display, which is a boon to night driving, much the way Saab's Night Panel assisted the eyes' ability to adjust to the darkness.
Associate editor Annie White, though, did complain about back pain after a 1000-plus-mile trip and noted that the lack of four-way-adjustable lumbar support is a serious miss at this price point. Others, however, lauded the seats, which are the standard units. Our previous long-term Stingray was fitted with the optional competition seats, and we found that their larger side bolsters, while better at keeping buns in place, do not make for the most comfortable everyday machine. Plus, the competition seats feel as if they sit a little higher, reducing the sensation of hugging the road.
Other interior gripes included the pervasive and pungent epoxy smell that fills the Corvette's cabin. Many of us also were perplexed as to which electronics supplier is still producing such heinously low-resolution cameras; the images produced by the rear-view unit as well as the two front-view cameras that are part of the 2LT trim package—and helpful for keeping an eye on that low-hanging front splitter—look decades out of date.
Back to the Track
Retested with 40,000 miles on the clock, the Grand Sport was quicker to 100 mph and 140 mph, and it produced an identical quarter-mile time while going just a bit faster. It was also quicker in the rolling-start and top-gear acceleration tests, leading us to the conclusion that the LT1 picked up a few horses along the road to 40K. Lateral grip was the same as when new, but braking distance grew by five feet. The worn, but not completely spent, Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires didn't have the same longitudinal grip and the launch suffered, hence a zero-to-60-mph time that grew by a tenth. The shifter had developed a little notchiness not present when new, particularly in the fifth-gear gate—multiple drivers complained that they couldn't easily find fifth gear when driving on the road, let alone during an on-track redline upshift at 145 mph or so. If the fourth-to-fifth shift were smoother, the Grand Sport would've been quicker to 150 mph, too.
Despite the bent wheels, the Grand Sport made a 180-degree turn from the 2014 long-termer with regard to reliability. It suffered not a single unscheduled stop, failure to crank, or Uber request required to bail us out. We didn't even have to add a single quart of oil. It was a sterling test of reliability—and, evidently, our proficiency at finding potholes.
Getting better with age might be the C7's mantra. This generation started with the subtly sweet Stingray, dropped the hammer with the Z06, then polished that offering with the Grand Sport, before unleashing the roaring 755-hp ZR1. And our respect only grew during this second chance at living with a Corvette. Nevertheless, its mid-engine replacement C8 can't come soon enough.
Months in Fleet: 14 months Final Mileage: 40,003 miles
Average Fuel Economy: 20 mpg
Fuel Tank Size: 18.5 gal Observed Fuel Range: 370 miles
Service:$527 Normal Wear: $0 Repair: $0
Damage and Destruction: $5076
WHAT WE LIKE: We’ve been able to stretch the Grand Sport’s legs a little now that the frigid grip of winter has released its hold on Michigan. The office is split on the car’s long-distance travel comfort. Some find the seats lacking in lumbar support while others are fine after a 1000-mile day. Contributing to the comfort are the great ergonomics of the Vette’s cockpit. We’re particularly enamored of the head-up display, which can show everything from engine parameters to radio-station information. Combine that with the reconfigurable instrument cluster, and all pertinent information is available at a glance.
Although the C7 Corvette is far from a new design, it still gets a lot of attention from passersby. That’s a testament to the design team, considering that the Corvette is a fairly common sight, what with the Bowling Green, Kentucky, factory having pumped out more than 30,000 examples last year alone.
WHAT WE DON’T LIKE: Not being able to drive the car is a major bummer. There was a period of time when it seemed as if the GS was repeatedly in and out of the tire shop. To date, six wheels have been damaged. Fortunately, most of the bent rims have been repairable—small dents that can be trued. While $145 per repair seems very reasonable and is much easier to stomach than the $619 replacement cost of a rear wheel, four repairs have added up to a rather significant portion of the “damage and destruction” line item. Two of the wheels were beyond repair and had to be replaced, and one winter tire did, too.
WHAT WENT WRONG: See above. The way this car has eaten wheels and tires is astonishing. Granted, we did see a rough winter this year, and lots of tires in our long-term fleet fell victim to the cratered grid of our local roads. Other than the wheels and tires, nothing has so much as skipped a beat. The hatch developed a rather annoying squeak that we asked the dealer to address at the 30,000-mile service. Agreeing with our assessment, the dealer lubricated the seals, and that corrected the situation. Also, the raked windshield was chipped by a stone on the highway and developed a crack before we could get the chip filled. We’ve ordered a new windshield and will have it installed promptly upon its arrival.
WHERE WE WENT: Buyer’s Guide assistant editor Eric Stafford made a run to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in late winter, associate online editor Greg Fink took advantage of the warming weather to take a trip to South Florida, and other drivers chose the Corvette for more frequent trips nearer to our Ann Arbor home base. Still, the Grand Sport will have to go on a few more road trips in the near future to pile on the full 40,000 miles in a timely manner.
Months in Fleet: 12 months Current Mileage: 30,605 miles Average Fuel Economy: 20 mpg Fuel Tank Size: 18.5 gal Fuel Range: 370 miles
Service: $492 Normal Wear: $0 Repair: $0
Damage and Destruction: $2731
WHAT WE LIKE: We might risk sounding like a broken record, but the everyday livability of this 460-hp sports car astonishes time and time again. Few sports cars can deliver on so many fronts—curb appeal, sound quality, road-trip ability, acceleration, you name it—as well as the seventh-generation Corvette. The ride quality is particularly impressive. The Grand Sport’s chassis feels sophisticated, and it is both more supple and better isolated than cars costing far more. The Corvette Grand Sport is one of the best values on the market today, sports car or not.
WHAT WE DON’T LIKE: Several editors have complained about the infotainment interface, particularly how slow it is to respond to inputs, which is particularly frustrating when quickly trying to find the submenu to change the steering effort before the light turns green. Road roar, mostly brought to you by the good folks at Michelin (the GS’s rear tires are meaty 335/25ZR-20s that generate a lot of noise), can make for troublesome Bluetooth calls when driving on the highway, and we’ve had those on the other end of the line question whether the Vette’s removable roof panel was in place. (It was.) And there is the occasional gripe about accidentally getting seventh gear when trying for fifth, but that is something that muscle memory gained through more regular exposure moving the shift lever through the Corvette’s four vertical shift planes—as an owner, say—likely would remedy.
WHAT WENT WRONG: Aside from a few bent wheels that were covered in the previous update: not a thing. Considering this is basically a mulligan on our last long-term Corvette test, let’s hope it continues that way. On one bleak winter morning, technical director Eric Tingwall emerged from slumber to find the Grand Sport covered in a thin film of ice. So much ice that the indexing windows couldn’t move (to clear the seals, they drop about 0.5 inch as the doors are opened). This meant that the doors would not open. The hatch wouldn’t open, either. Tingwall did not leave for work on time that day.
WHERE WE WENT: Despite our fitting a set of Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 winter tires ($1515) that were developed specifically for the Corvette, winter’s snowy grip kept the GS close to home. Don’t misinterpret—the Michelins are great winter tires and did their job of keeping the Vette out of the ditch. As we predicted in our previous update, the road-trip hesitation was rooted in the knowledge that, while the Corvette normally wears run-flat tires, the winters are not of this type; since there is no spare tire, a flat would leave one at the mercy of roadside assistance. The Grand Sport did make drives down to Virginia International Raceway and to eastern Pennsylvania, but we have to get on the horse and accumulate some miles so this doesn’t turn into an extra-long-term test.
Months in Fleet: 11 months Current Mileage: 22,476 miles Average Fuel Economy: 19 mpg Fuel Tank Size: 18.5 gal Fuel Range: 350 miles Service: $136 Normal Wear: $0 Repair: $0 Damage and Destruction: $1119
WHAT WE LIKE: The Grand Sport’s everyday usability and the glorious power of its LT1 V-8 continue to impress. Driving it back to back with far pricier choices in the high-performance sports-car realm reveals that the chassis in General Motors’ marquee sports car delivers better isolation while maintaining a lustworthy suppleness in its steering and handling. Cameras on the nose of the Vette give us an idea of when we’re about to connect with a curb during low-speed and parking maneuvers, but it requires that we actually use them, which is easier said than done, necessitating a tap or two on the center touchscreen. Nearly every logbook comment mentions drivers’ preferences for the base seats in this car, so you can safely conclude that we like them more than the optional Competition seats.
WHAT WE DON’T LIKE: Both the rearward and forward cameras display a hilariously low-resolution image in our 2017 model, the lack of crispness making it difficult to discern the edge of a hard object. Chevrolet claims to have upped the pixel count for ’18. Also, one astute reader pointed out that when we chided this car for not quite making the same grip as other Grand Sports, we were comparing a car with its tires inflated to 35 psi (this one) to others with tires set to 30 psi. So, we don’t like it when we (meaning this author) make boneheaded comparisons. It turns out this car’s rocker panel was repaired at a dealership before we took possession and the tire placard on the door jamb was replaced with an inaccurate one, resulting in our overfilling of the tires. All Grand Sports’ tires should indeed be inflated to 30 psi.
WHAT WENT WRONG: Nothing went wrong that was the Grand Sport’s fault. After two and a half months in the fleet, our blue Vette developed a moderate vibration at speed. We pulled the wheels and attempted to rebalance them, only to learn that all four wheels were bent. Michigan roads having taken their toll, we paid a wheel-repair specialist $480 to straighten three wheels. The left-rear wheel was cracked and a replacement 12-by-20-inch wheel ran $619 at the dealer; feeling lazy, we also spent $20 to have the dealer swap the 25-series, run-flat tire because not having to muscle tires that big off and on a wheel is worth every bit of a couple of sawbucks.
WHERE WE WENT: Aside from the Vette’s pilgrimage to its birthplace of Bowling Green, Kentucky, for the solar eclipse in August, it hasn’t left the state of Michigan. We’re not quite sure why; it’s well known that the 15-cubic-foot cargo hold offers plenty of practicality as far as sports cars go. Unfortunately for the Grand Sport, it likely will stay near home through most of the winter. We recently acquired a set of Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4s in the OE size ($1515 for four) to keep the car safely on the road in snow and ice. The one unfortunate aspect of this is that the PA4s are not run-flats. Taking a road trip without provisions for a flat tire is the kind of gamble few of us enjoy considering, so we don’t expect to be stretching the car’s legs much before spring.
Months in Fleet: 5 months Current Mileage: 10,883 miles
Average Fuel Economy: 19 mpg Fuel Tank Size: 18.5 gal Fuel Range: 350 miles
Service: $0 Normal Wear: $0 Repair: $0 Damage and Destruction: $1119
We drive a lot of cars, and, sometimes our automotive experiences blend together like the events of an all-night bender; we’ve even been known to forget writing about specific cars. One car we’re not going to forget any time soon, though, is our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. That car, to put it mildly, was disappointing. It didn’t have the durability and reliability we’ve come to expect of modern automobiles. We’re not going to dig up history (click the link above if you want the gory details, of which there are plenty), but we’re hoping our new long-term Corvette Grand Sport rewrites it.
The Grand Sport model, which re-elevated Chevy’s two-seater to a 10Best Cars honoree in 2017, marries the chassis of the Corvette Z06 with everyman’s small-block V-8, the LT1. Having already spent lots of miles in the optional Competition seats, we specified the base seat for this daily driver. Not only is it a lot easier to get in and out of, you feel lower to the ground with the standard seat. We also wanted something that would blend with its surroundings and call no more attention than necessary to this 460-hp corner eater, so we opted to skip the fender hash marks and racing stripes. General Motors calls our unembellished car’s paint Admiral Blue—fitting for a car named after a fast and nimble warship.
To doubly ensure that we didn’t repeat the problems of that first C7 Vette’s stay with us, we strictly adhered to the break-in procedures outlined in the owner’s manual. We pussyfooted to the 500-mile oil change, specified for Corvettes with a dry-sump engine like ours, and continued taking it easy for another 1000 miles. We waited until 3604 miles were on the odometer before running the 6.2-liter V-8–powered coupe up to 150 mph at the test track. The Grand Sport shredded the zero-to-60-mph dash in 3.9 seconds and turned a quarter-mile in 12.3 seconds—identical results to the other Grand Sport we’ve tested. Both cars even turned the same 18.4-second zero-to-140-mph times.
With front tires as wide as the standard Stingray’s rears, and massive 335/25ZR-20s in the back, our long-termer cornered at 1.11 g and stopped from 70 mph in 139 feet. While both are big improvements over the base Stingray, they didn’t quite measure up to our previous Grand Sport exposure, although we were half expecting that. You see, Chevy, we’re onto your games. Corvettes that are loaned to us for short periods of time usually come set up for our test-track regimen. That means that, within the allowable tolerances of normal production cars, they are as low as possible and have an alignment ideal for maximum cornering, not maximum tire life. Also, the Corvette’s composite leaf springs, oriented transversely, sag over time, which is why fresh-off-the-line Vettes sometimes look as if they had a stay at Camp Monster Jam prior to shipping. We measured the fender height of this one when new because we’re interested to find out how much sag 40,000 miles of our driving induces.
Aside from the base seats, we also opted for the Performance Data Recorder ($1795) and the $4455 2LT equipment package. At nearly two grand, the PDR is the only way to get built-in navigation (OnStar turn-by-turn nav isn’t the same) on a Grand Sport, short of spending $9745 for the 3LT package, so we think that option is money well spent. Plus it’s entertaining to see how and where valets drive our car. The 2LT isn’t cheap, either, but its heated and ventilated seats, satellite radio, premium audio system, and auto-dimming mirrors make it a must-have spec in our opinion.
At $72,695, this car is hardly inexpensive, but its performance is nearly untouchable. The Grand Sport’s closest competitor, the Porsche 718 Cayman S, will hang with it in a straight line but has no chance at competing with the cornering ability. And despite the Vette’s massive tires, the Cayman is only one decibel quieter than the GS’s 77 decibels at 70 mph. Plus, Porsche’s flat-four engine note is no match for the LT1’s bellow.
Our familiarity with the C7 has kept logbook comments to a minimum, but there is still a lot to like. Just as with all Bowling Green–born Chevys, the Grand Sport is a great getaway machine with plenty of cargo capacity for a weekend’s worth of luggage. First-time passengers are always in awe of the V-8 thrust and exhaust note.
The Grand Sport’s lowered front end makes it vulnerable, and one driver has already put the pseudosplitter into a parking curb or something similar, banging it up good. That one’s on us, not the car’s fault, but we’re hesitant to replace it so early in a test because of the likelihood that it will happen again. We’re also wary of wheels getting bent on our region’s rough roads; lately, the ride has transformed from firm to firm with an undulating vibration. More to come on that front.
When it comes down to it, any year with a Corvette in our parking lot is better than any year without a Corvette. We’re looking forward to confirming that our dud Stingray was a one-off experience and that this new Grand Sport will spend less time in service and make us forget all about that earlier C7.
Months in Fleet: 2 months Current Mileage: 5797 miles
Average Fuel Economy: 19 mpg Fuel Tank Size: 18.5 gal Fuel Range: 350 miles
Service: $0 Normal Wear: $0 Repair: $0
This story has been updated to reflect the fact that the 500-mile oil change was indeed complimentary.
2017 CHEVROLET CORVETTE GRAND SPORT
VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2-passenger, 2-door targa
PRICE AS TESTED: $72,695 (base price: $66,445)
ENGINE TYPE: pushrod 16-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
DISPLACEMENT: 376 cu in, 6162 cc
POWER: 460 hp @ 6000 rpm
TORQUE: 465 lb-ft @ 4600 rpm
TRANSMISSION: 7-speed manual
SUSPENSION (F/R): control arms/control arms
BRAKES (F/R): 14.6-in vented, grooved disc/14.4-in vented, grooved disc
TIRES: Michelin Pilot Super Sport ZP,
F: P285/30ZR-19 (94Y) TPC SPEC 1446
R: P335/25ZR-20 (99Y) TPC SPEC 1447
Wheelbase: 106.7 in
Length: 177.9 in
Width: 77.4 in
Height: 48.6 in
Passenger volume: 52 cu ft
Cargo volume: 15 cu ft
Curb weight: 3483 lb
Zero to 60 mph: 3.9 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 9.0 sec
Zero to 130 mph: 15.5 sec
Zero to 150 mph: 22.9 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 4.6 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 12.6 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 11.7 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 12.3 sec @ 116 mph
Top speed (drag limited, C/D est): 175 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 139 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 1.11 g
PERFORMANCE (40,000 MILES)
Zero to 60 mph: 4.0 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 8.8 sec
Zero to 130 mph: 15.2 sec
Zero to 150 mph: 24.2 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 4.4 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 11.4 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 10.5 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 12.3 sec @ 118 mph
Top speed (drag limited, C/D est): 175 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 144 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 1.11 g
C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 20 mpg
75-mph highway driving: 27 mpg
Highway range: 490 miles
Unscheduled oil additions: 0 qt
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 19/16/25 mpg
3 years/36,000 miles bumper to bumper;
5 years/60,000 miles powertrain;
3 years/36,000 miles corrosion protection;
5 years/60,000 miles roadside assistance;
2 years/24,000 miles scheduled maintenance (max of two visits)
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