While the new Corvette Grand Sport and Camaro 1LE didn't turn in the quickest laps at the 2016 Car & Driver Lightning Lap trials, all three of the high performance Chevrolet products turned in remarkable lap times - with the Camaro V6 1LE being the quickest ever in the LL1 class. Patrick Rall reports for TorqueNews.com in this original story.
The folks at Car & Driver have published the results of their 2016 Lightning Lap tests at Virginia International Raceway and among the most impressive cars on the track were the new Corvette Grand Sport and both of the new 1LE Camaros – with the V6 model nearly matching the new all-wheel drive Ford Focus RS.
This year’s Car & Driver Lightning Lap trials were packed with supercars and while the best-finishing Chevrolet product was the new Corvette Grand Sport, it is hard to argue that the newest Corvette and Camaros offered up some of the most impressive lap times.
Corvette Grand Sport Finishes 4th, Beats European Exotics
The best finishing Chevrolet in the 2016 Lightning Lap was the 2017 Corvette Grand Sport, which laid down a lap time of 2:47.1 – just 1 tenth of a second behind the 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS. That Porsche starts at $176k, whereas the Grand Sport starts at $66,445 and $74,440 with the optional Z07 performance package.
Finishing behind the new Corvette Grand Sport were the 2016 McLaren 570S (2:47.4), the 2017 Acura NSX (2:50.2), the 2016 Mustang GT350R (2:51.8), the BMW M4 GTS (2:52.9) and the Porsche Cayman GT4 (2:54) – many of which are vehicles that are commonly cross-shopped by prospective buyers. You can see the full list of times for the 2016 Lightning Lap below, which also includes the Audi R8 V10 Plus.
Across the 10 years of Lightning Lap, the new Grand Sport is the 9th quickest car to lap the VIR Grand West course and in the Grand Sport’s LL3 price class ($65,000-124,999), the only quicker entry was the 2015 Corvette Z06, which ran a 2:44.6.
Based on the C&D Lightning Lap results, the new Corvette Grand Sport has more than proven its meddle as an incredible bargain supercar killer. Or, maybe we should just call it the best bargain supercar, although some people might insist that it is too short on power to be considered a supercar.
Camaro 1LE Proves to be Amazing
The 2016 Car & Driver Lightning Lap included the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE in both V6 and V8 form. If you look strictly at their finishing position, the Camaro’s finishing positions of 10th and 16th might not seem all that impressive, but you need to look at the times and the other vehicles that turned in similar times.