The 2017 C7 Corvette Grand Sport has often been called the best of both worlds because it takes the best components from the bonkers Corvette Z06, and meshes them with the Stingray’s naturally-aspirated 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine. Copious amounts of power are absent, but a more manageable machine ensues.
That sentiment was echoed during Motor Trend’s Best Driver’s Car competition, but the C7 Corvette Grand Sport failed to impress in a few key areas. This led to a meager seventh-place finish out of 12 competitors, three places behind the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE, but ahead of some other notable cars.
Judges said the manual transmission was a serious bummer in its operation, with gear changes warranted at inopportune times between third and fourth. The Corvette Grand Sport’s 460 horsepower was also deemed insufficient in the uphill climb. Some judges said the Corvette Grand Sport simply lacked the urge to make a driver go faster and push it harder. Otherwise, there was praise to be had for its poise and road confidence.
Perhaps a C7 Corvette ZR1 could fix some of the power shortcomings in a more poised package…