The 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Manual has ludicrous amounts of power with the grip and agility to hold its own on the twisty esses on the track or back roads. The top spec ‘Vette is the Z06 has lots of power that requires utmost discipline and respect for the gas pedal. Even if you feel like the devil is whispering on your ear, you’d run out of back road before you make the Z06 break a sweat, on track the Z06 is too much to handle for non-professional drivers; the result is a vehicle that’s as tempting as it is scary. Down the line, there’s a milder ‘Vette, the Grand Sport; considered as “the essential Corvette” with just the right amount of power, and menacing looks; like a greatest hits album, it’s a collection of all the good stuff to make a nice, clean, rounded package.
The Base Model of the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Manual Might be Better Than the Variant With the Bells and Whistles
The 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Manual can be easily distinguished with the signature front fender hash marks with your choice of six colors, a more aggressive and very functional aero package than the standard C7 Corvette Stingray, and the throaty exhaust of the 6.2-liter V8 that comes standard for all Grand Sport trims. That’s basically the basic set you get from the base Grand Sport, our test car includes options from the Z07 package which gives you carbon ceramic brakes, excellent Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 ZP tires, as well as additional aero bits.
On the inside, the 2017 Corvette Grand Sport Manual offers heated and ventilated seats, a performance data recorder for track use, heads up display, and navigation to name a few. Coming in standard is leather everywhere, competition seats, and various cosmetic changes such as the hash marks on the center console grab handle. Strictly a sports car, seat space is only for two and the cargo space can be left unused because what’s the purpose of a sports car if you put dead weight in the trunk during track days.
Driving the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Manual, the tires plenty of grip, tons and tons of grip. The 460hp V8 is just enough for track driving and is not overkill like the burnout-loving Z06. The chassis offers excellent agility to pair with that amount of grip making it a very exciting ride. To top things off, seeing as the Grand Sport is a street-able sports car, the adaptive dampers are better riding than the harsh Z06 dampers.
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