C7 Test Mule Spied On The Back Of A Transporter, Is It A Grand Sport?7
The 2014 Corvette Stingray is in customer hands, but that doesn’t mean development work on the car has stopped. Chevrolet will continue to roll out variations of the car, like the Z06, as production continues. But an LSXTV reader may have uncovered a new variation of the Stingray while driving near Oklahoma City, the Grand Sport.
The car is wearing a Corvette Z06 front bumper, but with regular Stingray wheels and a narrower track. This leads us to speculate it is either a Grand Sport model, or a Z06 test mule. Either way, Chevrolet is using the car to gather data, as the trunk is filled with data logging equipment and a deep-cycle battery.
“When I first saw it I was really hoping it was a Z06 in test camo,” the reader who took the photos, Mark Morris, said. “When I got closer I noticed the body work looked too narrow to be that.”
The vehicle was on a transporter with several other General Motors vehicles, including a 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali. Maybe it’s a former C7 test mule heading for retirement, or Chevrolet might have a Grand Sport model up its sleeve. What do you think is hiding beneath this mysterious Stingray’s camouflage? Let us know in the comments.
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I just hope that the ZR1 version is released …
I like GM’s approach with having 4 different types of corvettes to buy!
Each one a little different!
Who ever said there was going to be a Grand Sport?
I would not read too much into this as they could just be doing more cooling test on the Z06 nose or even suspension work for a 2015 or 16 model.
Just grafting a Zo6 nose on a Stingray means little.
The next car we will see is a L88 powered Corvette and it will be a step over the present Z06. I have heard several takes on it and the most logical will be a Z/28 track type car with limited options for comfort and more options for speed and handling. Think a almost Pratt and Miller for the street.
Think back to the late 60’s and 70’s and GM did a lot of racing and track time with the L88 powered cars in the Greenwood BFG, The Rebel Corvette and the Owings Corning cars. I think this will be the direction they will go. It will account for the present merging of the Z06 and ZR1 into the present Z06.
In other words you have not yet seen the best handling and fastest Corvette yet.
As for this one it may be doing the work on future things GM will add to the other models but I do not expect a GS. It could happen but I would be surprised.
I agree w/scott. The (latest) GS replaced the Z51 option way late in the production cycle so don’t think that’s about to happen (or needs to) anytime soon; also seems it would dilute Z06 sales.
what are the weird holes in between the taillights ???
Hard to say what the holes are. Could be some kind of cooling opening or air management trick they were testing.
Odds are if this car was on a truck getting hauled around in the open there is nothing to obvious about it. Normally when testing anything they want to hide the covers go on as soon as they stop.
I suspect the real secret is something under the skin for a future update to the stingray or it may just be an old Z06 mule that they sued to test the nose for cooling.
Lets face it the pricing between the Stingray, the Z51 and the Z06 leaves little room for another model. Also there is nothing outside to indicate a car that would be over the Z06.
Why can’t there be enough room for a GS in the corvette line up