The Grand Sport name harkens back all the way to the 1960s, when Zora Arkus-Duntov proclaimed a sports car should be track tested. Truer words may have yet to be spoken. Thus, the Corvette Grand Sport was (kind of) born.
But, it was canned very shortly after its birth. Flash-forward to modern day, and Duntov would be proud.
The video above briefly explains what goes into creating the perfect Grand Sport package. As we detailed previously, this is basically a C7 Corvette Z06 minus the forced induction, which many should find quite appealing. We don’t doubt the Corvette Z06’s performance, but we also love a naturally-aspirated V8 like the 6.2-liter LT1.
Downforce bits and stickier tires help make a more formidable track package even over the Corvette’s already superb Z51 package, too. The 2017 C7 Corvette Grand Sport is the closest thing to a C7.R you can find today, save for the C7 Z06, or we suppose the ultra-exclusive C7.R edition is even closer. Nonetheless, trickle down performance is certainly something we can all get behind.