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    Official: '17 Grand Sport GM Press Release!

    While we knew yesterday that GM was debuting the 2017 Grand Sport, today we know a lot of its details. Going to be a very exciting option for many Corvette fans, especially those who wanted a wide-bodied Corvette, but who have repeatedly said the last couple of years, "don't want nor need 650HP." GM has made their wishes come true by offering a wide-bodied StingRay AND a wide-bodied StingRay in a Z07 option -- retaining the 460 HP, but having all the Z07's aero options, brakes, and tires.

    Key Grand Sport components include the following and as bolded in the GM official press release below.

    Bright, light blue interior called "Tension Blue" in the "Collector Edition," though other color interiors (and exterior colors) are available in the non Collector 2016 Grand Sports.

    Full GM press release as follows:


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    2017 CORVETTE GRAND SPORT HAS RACING ROOTS
    A ‘purist’ model that leverages a half-century legacy of motorsports success

    Lightweight architecture and track-honed aerodynamics
    An engine offering an estimated 1.05g in cornering capability and up to 1.2g with the available Z07 package
    Coupe and convertible available this summer in U.S. and fall in Europe
    Grand Sport Collector Edition available later in model year

    With Corvette Racing in its DNA, the all-new 2017 Corvette Grand Sport is a pure expression of the car’s motorsports-bred pedigree. It was introduced today at the Geneva International Motor Show.

    Like the 2015 Le Mans-winning Corvette C7.R GTE Pro race car, the new Grand Sport combines a lightweight architecture, a track-honed aerodynamics package, Michelin tires and a naturally aspirated engine.

    The 2017 Corvette Grand Sport offers 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, established in 1963 to take on the world’s best sports cars. Only five were built before a corporate decision suspending direct motorsports involvement ended the project.

    “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,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president of Global Product Development and Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. “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 Corvette Grand Sport coupe and convertible go on sale this summer in the U.S. and in the fall in Europe.

    No holding back

    Engineers adapted the chassis tuning, upgraded cooling systems, and performance technologies of the Corvette Z06 to give the new Grand Sport capability commensurate with its racing-derived history.

    “We didn’t hold back with the new Grand Sport,” said Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer. “For the first time, buyers can equip the Grand Sport with a Z07 performance package – which adds carbon-ceramic brakes, Michelin Sport Cup 2 summer tires, and carbon-fiber aero package that delivers true downforce.”

    The result is a potent track car. In fact, the Grand Sport with the Z07 package is less than one second off the track record for the previous-generation Corvette ZR1 on the road course at GM’s Milford Proving Ground.

    Content highlights for Grand Sport include:

    Michelin Pilot Super Sport summer tires: 285/30ZR19 (front) and 335/25ZR20 (rear)
    Specific Grand Sport wheel design: 19x10 inches (front) and 20x12 inches (rear)
    Brembo brake system with (355 mm) 14-inch rotors and six-piston calipers in front and (340 mm) 13.4 inch rotors and four-piston calipers in the rear
    Standard magnetic ride control, specific stabilizer bars and unique springs
    Standard electronic limited-slip differential
    LT1 V8 engine rated at (343 kW) 460 hp, with dry-sump oiling system and active exhaust
    Seven-speed manual transmission with active rev match and available eight-speed paddle-shift automatic with specific performance calibration
    Available Z07 package adds carbon ceramic-matrix brakes and Michelin Pilot Sport 2 Cup tires.
    In addition to track-focused aero elements, the Grand Sport also features specific front fender inserts, a Z06-style grille and wider rear fenders – a distinctive design package that gives the car a track-ready attitude.


    Grand Sport models are offered with the Stingray’s full exterior and interior color palette. An available Heritage package includes hash-mark fender graphics in six colors, with the hash-mark detail carried onto the interior’s brushed aluminum trim. Full-length stripes are also offered.

    “The choices are almost endless,” said Harlan Charles, Corvette product marketing manager. “The packages take personalization to an unprecedented level, enabling customers to create their own Corvette Grand Sport statement like no other.”

    Grand Sport Collector Edition

    The Grand Sport Collector Edition features 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 Tension Blue color is a bold, modern take on the hue historically associated with the Grand Sport. Inside, a three-dimensional representation of an original Grand Sport race car is embossed in the headrests and that shape is also used on an instrument panel plaque that carries a unique build sequence number.

    The Collector Edition will be offered later in the model year in the U.S. and Europe.
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    Noting that all colors of the 2017 Corvette will be available, with full length stripes and/or front fender
    "Grand Sport diagonal hash stripes," buyers end up with option choices after option choices.

    Interior in "Tension Blue" in the special "Collector Edition." Other interior choices are available but not in this special "Collector Edition" model. The exterior color of the Collector Edition shown in this and other GM pictures in this thread is called "Watkins Glen Gray," and like the Tension Blue interior, is unique to the Collector Edition.

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    Above pictures thanks to Media.GM.
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    Official GM picture of the rear.

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    Detail of front fender Grand Sport hash mark and unique to the Grand Sport, its front fender vent details.

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    Picture also thanks to GM.
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    Actual reveal video that appeared on Facebook.

    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?sto...Asknr9Pbj&_rdr
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    Nice work John!

    I wonder whether they said anything at all about pricing or whether this will supplant the Z51 option like it did with the C6. Watched the entire cellphone video too.

    But no HP bump
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    Official: '17 Grand Sport GM Press Release!

    Would be nice to see one if they have it at the BASH.
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    Vigilance247, think you have hit on something, that while we learn more as today goes on, there will be a huge amount left to learn at the BASH. My expectation is that this particular car, based on past GM practice, goes next to the New York Auto Show in three weeks, then goes to the BASH.

    To elaborate, when the StingRay and then the Z06 were revealed, there were only original two certified show cars of each. They make test version for their field engineers, but those are not certified show cars -- often filled with "beta components." However, we know GM, and everything is always subject to change.

    I can't wait!!! NCM Bash is just eight weeks and two more days...
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    Have we just seen one of the new replacement exterior colors for 2017?
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    I think you are right, the replacement for Shark Gray. I LOVE this new color Watkins Glen Gray!

    By the way, just got an e mail from a forum member asking, "does this means that any HP bump is out for 2017?"

    I do not think we can rule it out, for when I was at the NAIAS Z06 Reveal, they were talking an estimated 625 HP for the Z06, and when later "official," it was tested to be 650 HP. True this is a non-perfect analogy because the Z06 was still being tested and developed at the NAIAS time, but what a fun thing to announce at the BASH, e.g., more HP and/or more TQ!!!

    Or perhaps reveal a HP/TQ bump before then at the New York Auto Show in just three weeks. GM smartly knows how to keep the hype going.
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    And another official GM "Tension Blue" Collector Edition Grand Sport interior picture.

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    For those who are not loving this interior color, again, will be at least four other interior colors, perhaps even up to six more. We have a lot yet left to learn.

    One thing I am pretty sure of, is that for 2017, those who love this interior color, the only way to get it would be to get a Grand Sport Collector Edition.
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    And another GM official Grand Sport photo.

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    AutoBlog's article on the Grand Sport.

    Quote Originally Posted by AutoBlog
    Power isn't everything – even when it comes to Corvettes. Sure, the mighty, 650-horsepower Z06 is a real peach, but there's a lot to be said for the base Stingray with its naturally aspirated LT1 V8, putting out 460 hp in top spec. That's still plenty of grunt. Now, put that engine in a lightweight, aerodynamic-focused Corvette with super-sticky tires, and you get the new Grand Sport – a naturally aspirated Stingray that can pull up to 1.2 Gs.

    GM says the new Grand Sport is nearly as quick around its Milford Proving Ground track as the previous-generation ZR1. Specific updates include sticky Michelin Pilot Super Sport summer tires – 285/30ZR19 up front and 335/25ZR20 at the rear. Huge Brembo brakes are fitted to slow things down with a quickness, new stabilizer bars and springs keep the car hunkered down, and a seven-speed manual is the only transmission available. Want an even more hardcore package? Option the Z07 pack, which adds carbon ceramic brakes and Pilot Sport 2 Cup tires.

    Both coupe and convertible versions will be available, and a Collector Edition will come later in the year, painted in Watkins Glen Gray with Tension Blue hash marks, satin black stripes, black wheels, and a blue full leather and suede interior. The 2017 Corvette Grand Sport debuts at this week's Geneva Motor Show, and will go on sale in the US this summer.
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    More from a slightly different perspective.

    Quote Originally Posted by gminsidenews
    2017 Corvette Grand Sport Has Racing Roots

    A ‘purist’ model that leverages a half-century legacy of motorsports success

    Lightweight architecture and track-honed aerodynamics
    An engine offering an estimated 1.05g in cornering capability and up to 1.2g with the available Z07 package
    Coupe and convertible available this summer in U.S. and fall in Europe
    Grand Sport Collector Edition available later in model year

    GENEVA – With Corvette Racing in its DNA, the all-new 2017 Corvette Grand Sport is a pure expression of the car’s motorsports-bred pedigree. It was introduced today at the Geneva International Motor Show.

    Like the 2015 Le Mans-winning Corvette C7.R GTE Pro race car, the new Grand Sport combines a lightweight architecture, a track-honed aerodynamics package, Michelin tires and a naturally aspirated engine.

    The 2017 Corvette Grand Sport offers 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, established in 1963 to take on the world’s best sports cars. Only five were built before a corporate decision suspending direct motorsports involvement ended the project.

    “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,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president of Global Product Development and Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. “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 Corvette Grand Sport coupe and convertible go on sale this summer in the U.S. and in the fall in Europe

    No holding back

    Engineers adapted the chassis tuning, upgraded cooling systems, and performance technologies of the Corvette Z06 to give the new Grand Sport capability commensurate with its racing-derived history.

    “We didn’t hold back with the new Grand Sport,” said Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer. “For the first time, buyers can equip the Grand Sport with a Z07 performance package – which adds carbon-ceramic brakes, Michelin Sport Cup 2 summer tires, and carbon-fiber aero package that delivers true downforce.”

    The result is a potent track car. In fact, the Grand Sport with the Z07 package is less than one second off the track record for the previous-generation Corvette ZR1 on the road course at GM’s Milford Proving Ground.

    Content highlights for Grand Sport include:
    Michelin Pilot Super Sport summer tires: 285/30ZR19 (front) and 335/25ZR20 (rear)
    Specific Grand Sport wheel design: 19x10 inches (front) and 20x12 inches (rear)
    Brembo brake system with (355 mm) 14-inch rotors and six-piston calipers in front and (340 mm) 13.4 inch rotors and four-piston calipers in the rear
    Standard magnetic ride control, specific stabilizer bars and unique springs
    Standard electronic limited-slip differential
    LT1 V8 engine rated at (343 kW) 460 hp, with dry-sump oiling system and active exhaust
    Seven-speed manual transmission with active rev match and available eight-speed paddle-shift automatic with specific performance calibration
    Available Z07 package adds carbon ceramic-matrix brakes and Michelin Pilot Sport 2 Cup tires.

    In addition to track-focused aero elements, the Grand Sport also features specific front fender inserts, a Z06-style grille and wider rear fenders – a distinctive design package that gives the car a track-ready attitude.

    Grand Sport models are offered with the Stingray’s full exterior and interior color palette. An available Heritage package includes hash-mark fender graphics in six colors, with the hash-mark detail carried onto the interior’s brushed aluminum trim. Full-length stripes are also offered.

    “The choices are almost endless,” said Harlan Charles, Corvette product marketing manager. “The packages take personalization to an unprecedented level, enabling customers to create their own Corvette Grand Sport statement like no other.”

    Grand Sport Collector Edition

    The Grand Sport Collector Edition features 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 Tension Blue color is a bold, modern take on the hue historically associated with the Grand Sport. Inside, a three-dimensional representation of an original Grand Sport race car is embossed in the headrests and that shape is also used on an instrument panel plaque that carries a unique build sequence number.

    The Collector Edition will be offered later in the model year in the U.S. and Europe.
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    Last of the official GM GS pictures. Noticing this and the above closeup picture of the hash mark, it has changed from its C6's Grand Sport version.


    The only wheel available in the Collector Edition is this black ten spoke. This could be the same wheel we saw on the later edition C6 Z's, a very lightweight wheel.
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