2017 Corvette Grand Sport Put to the Test, and the Results May Surprise You
After Car and Driver put the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport to the ultimate test, it’s no surprise why it landed a spot on their “2018 10 Best Cars” list. The Grand Sport’s amusement park-like ride is offered at a bargain price so that consumers can get the best bang for their buck.
The Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport model debuted for the 2017 model year, after going off the radar the year before, and its combination of a Z06 chassis and Stingray powertrain is one of the reasons why it landed on Car and Driver’s 10 Best Cars list. The Admiral Blue Grand Sport is a $4455 2LT package and includes standard features like heated and ventilated seats, auto-dimming mirrors, head-up display, satellite radio, and front-view cameras. Another cool option that can be added to all Corvette models is General Motors’ Performance Data Recorder (PDR). According to Chevy, the PDR turns the Grand Sport into an advanced driving analysis tool. With just two simple clicks, the driver can record every aspect of their driving, including real-time audio and video, as well as up to 34 channels of performance data.
Regarding performance, the Corvette Grand Sport is powered by a 6.2-liter V8 DI engine that produces 460 horsepower, and 465 lb-ft of torque, and to sweeten the deal; it has a dry oil sump that pays off when hitting those sharp corners. In a straight line on the track and when equipped with its standard seven-speed manual transmission, the Grand Sport hits 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and demolishes a quarter-mile in 12.3 seconds at 116 mph. It also posted a 139-foot stop from 70mph and pulled 1.11 g’s on the skid pad. “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.
Now, part of Car and Driver’s test on the Grand Sport was how well it performed after putting 40,000 miles on it and completing all maintenance requirements thus far. The first surprising fact was that the Grand Sport was faster in hitting 100 mph and 140 mph, it also produced an identical quarter-mile time white going just a smidge faster. Furthermore, it proved to be quicker in the rolling-start and top-gear acceleration tests. Unfortunately, the Michelin Pilot Super Sport Tires were a bit worn which, as a result, increased the braking distance by five feet. Additionally, and also due to the worn tires, the launch speed was comprised and raised by a tenth.
According to Car and Driver, this generation of C7 vehicles started with the subtly sweet Stingray, dropped the hammer with the Z06, and then polished that offering with the Grand Sport before unleashing the roaring 755-hp ZR1. So, apparently, things really do get better with age. Here at Driver’s Auto Mart, we offer a huge selection of used high-performance vehicles at a fraction of the price. Stop by our Davie location today and see why we offer the lowest prices in the nation!