GM has filed to trademark the Corvette Grand Sport name, GM Authority has learned. The new trademark filing may indicate GM is now interested in offering a new Corvette Grand Sport model for the eighth-generation Chevy Corvette C8, or possibly the next-generation C9.
The new trademark application was filed on May 26th, 2022 with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and was assigned serial number 97430541. The application was filed under a Goods and Services category reserved for “motor land vehicles, namely, automobiles, sport utility vehicles, trucks and vans.”
General Motors has obviously used the Corvette Grand Sport name throughout the history of the Chevy Corvette, but this recent application is nonetheless a bit strange. As GM Authority reported previously, General Motors was originally not going to offer a Grand Sport variant of the current eighth-generation C8, instead offering the upcoming C8 E-Ray hybrid with regard to the Grand Sport’s positioning in the eighth-gen’s model lineup.
Of course, it’s entirely possible The General has changed course in this respect and will offer a new C8 Grand Sport model after all. If such a model were to come about, it would likely couple the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 LT2 gasoline engine found behind the cabin of the C8 Stingray with the wide-body exterior treatment of the C8 Z06 and E-Ray.
Such a move would certainly make sense from a supply point of view – given the current supply chain environment, specifically, the ongoing global shortage of microchips, a new C8 Corvette Grand Sport could be a less chip-intensive model compared to the hybrid C8 E-Ray.
Another possibility is that this new trademark filing is in preparation for an upcoming Corvette Grand Sport model to be offered with the next-generation Corvette C9.
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