Everything’s bigger in the USA, as they say. That goes for engine displacement, too. We’re talking about the 2017 C7 Corvette Grand Sport and its 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine. Why are we talking about it? Because the argument can still be made there is no replacement for displacement.
Why is that argument relevant? Because the Corvette Grand Sport’s challenger, the Lotus Evora 400, approaches the Corvette’s 460 hp with just a 3.5-liter supercharged V6 engine … from a Toyota Camry. Nevertheless, Roadshow brought both of these track-day dreams to Gingerman Raceway for a tried-and-true shootout.
The Evora 400 was lauded for its superb handling and excellent steering wheel around corners, despite is lackluster build quality in a few areas. The Corvette Grand Sport’s power was charming, and the engine was a clear winner, but its track modes left the presenters wanting more, especially in the steering feel department.
We won’t spoil the outcome, but it’s a close one. Look out Corvette, because the British are coming, and they’re very well crafted.