GM unveils Corvette Grand Sport at Geneva Motor Show

Michael Martinez
The Detroit News

General Motors Co. unveiled its 2017 Corvette Grand Sport at the Geneva International Motor Show on Tuesday.

The Detroit automaker said its enhanced chassis tuning and upgraded cooling systems and performance technologies in the Corvette Z06 to create the next generation of its track-capable performance car. The new Grand Sport gets 460 horsepower out of a LT1 V8 with a seven-speed manual transmission.

“Racing has been part of Corvette’s essence for more than 50 years and that track experience has helped us build better, more capable cars,” Mark Reuss, executive vice president of Global Product Development and Global Purchasing and Supply Chain, said in a statement. “The global acclaim for the seventh-generation Corvette validates that direct link, and the 2017 Grand Sport takes its track-bred technology to a new, exciting threshold.”

The car will come in a Z07 performance package that adds carbon-ceramic brakes, summer tires and carbon-fiber aero package that is less than 1 second off the track record for the previous-generation Corvette ZR1 on the road course at GM’s Milford Proving Ground.

The new Grand Sport gets 460 horsepower out of a LT1 V8 with a seven-speed manual transmission.

The Grand Sport will come with the Corvette Stingray’s full color options. An available Heritage package includes special graphics, full length stripes and brushed aluminum trim on the interior.

GM will offer a Grand Sport Collector Edition featuring an exclusive Watkins Glen Gray Metallic exterior with Tension Blue hash-mark graphics, satin black full-length stripes, black wheels and a unique Tension Blue full leather and suede-wrapped interior.

The Corvette Grand Sport coupe and convertible will go on sale in the U.S. this summer. It will go on sale in Europe this fall.

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