In 2017, the Corvette welcomed back the modern Grand Sport, reminiscent of Zora Arkus-Duntov’s adventurous, early 1960s racers loosely based on the Corvette. This model encapsulated the valuable lessons learned by Corvette Racing on the racetrack.
Derived from the seventh-generation Corvette, the Grand Sport, available until 2019, integrated an extensive range of aerodynamic and chassis enhancements. It seamlessly merged the high-performance and handling packages of the Z06 and Z51 with the formidable, naturally aspirated LT1 6.2L/460 HP V-8 engine.
True to its esteemed name, the contemporary Grand Sport boasted distinctive wheels, tires, brakes, and suspension calibration. Noteworthy mechanical features included competition-style dry-sump engine lubrication, an electronic limited-slip rear axle, differential and transmission coolers, RPO NPP Performance exhaust for an extra 5 HP, and specialized performance gear ratios. External enhancements comprised various aerodynamic upgrades, such as a front air splitter, unique rocker panels, wider rear fenders, and a recognizable “wickerbill” rear spoiler.