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2017 Chevrolet Corvette – Grand Deal
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The 2017 Chevrolet Corvette strutting its stuff at this year’s Geneva Auto Show bringing back one of the vintage race cars in a contemporary variant based on the Corvette Z06 with one fine distinction, it ditched a supercharger for a tamer, more road ready yet equally dynamic sports car which will come to the market sometime in the summer in both coupe and convertible version.
The Corvette also added Grand Sport moniker to its badging, throwing in everything and anything in the way of sports enhancements from their current lineup. For instance, the model features the Z06’s exterior details as well as a cooling system, Brembo brakes and 19- and 20-inch staggered front and rear wheels. Also, it includes the standard Corvette’s optional Magnetic Ride Control, and from the Stingrays it borrows a 6.2-liter V8 engine bringing in a slight bump in power.
From the Z51 Stingray it takes a dry-sump lubrication system which makes it possible for the model to carry engine oiling during high-g cornering, which is something the new Corvette will excel at putting down a 1.05 g lateral grip in its standard trim, or 1.20 g in its optional Z07 trim.
Exterior and Interior
The 2017 Chevrolet Corvette features as sharp as it gets visual design with a grille, exhaust system and staggered wheels housed inside bulging fenders, all lifted straight from the Z06 race car, along with a carbon fiber front apron and side skirts. The upgraded Z07 package throws in sticky Michelin Pilot 2 Cup tires and ceramic brake rotors, while the standard package features Brembo brakes and electronic limited-slip differential. Optional hash stripes adorn the bulging fenders and they come in six different colors, as do the full-length body stripes.
The inside of the car features a three-spoke flat-bottomed steering wheel with mounted controls and bucket style seats. The center stack comes with a touch screen infotainment and knob shifter, while the dashboard looks uncluttered with large instrument gauges. The hash stripes outside match the interior colors and if you opt for a Grand Sport Collector Edition you will get an exclusive Watkins Glen Grey Metallic interior with unique build-in number plaque and embossed Corvette Grand Sport image in the headrests.
The 2017 Chevrolet Corvette comes outfitted with a naturally-aspirated LT1 6.2-liter V8 delivering 460 horsepower and including a dry-sump lubrication. The engine is coupled with either a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic. Of course, the powertrain lags behind the Stingray’s whopping 650 hp, courtesy of a supercharger, and yet the dual-exhaust sounds just as rip-roaring and, to cap it off, it comes standard with every trim. It is expected that the Grand Sport model will make 0 to 60 mph dash in 3.6 seconds.
2017 Chevrolet Corvette Release Date and Price
We can expect to see 2017 Chevrolet Corvette arrive at dealerships in the summer of 2016. The pricing is likely to begin at around $60,000.