The latest member of the Corvette lineup, the 2018 Grand Sport carries on the racing spirit of the original 1963 model, combining the power of the legendary LT1 6.2L engine with a lightweight, race-bred chassis and aerodynamics package to provide incredible grip and handling.
1963 Grand Sport
Born to dominate the track, the 1963 Corvette Grand Sport was crafted from lightweight materials and packed the power of a 6.2L 377 CI small block V8 engine. Only five prototypes were created, but their impact on the future of Chevrolet racing can’t be overstated. All five original Grand Sport models exist to this day
1996 Grand Sport
In 1996, Corvette Grand Sport returned to the lineup with a limited run of 1,000 as a way to mark the end of the 4th generation Corvette production. This iteration was equipped with the high-performance LT4 V8 in addition to the ZR1 chassis and featured the iconic paint scheme of Admiral Blue with a white stripe and red hash marks
2010 Grand Sport
The 2010 Grand Sport was built on the wider Z06 chassis and featured the 436 horsepower 6.2L LS3 V8 engine. It was a perfect blend of performance and efficiency, going 0 to 100 in 3.95 seconds and achieving 1.0g on the skidpad with 9L / 100km highway fuel economy. A Heritage Package featured signature hash marks above the front fenders
The 2018 Grand Sport features a 6.2L LT1 V8 engine, capable of 460 horsepower and 630 NM of torque. The compact design lowers the hoodline, providing optimal weight balance. A dry-sump oil system delivers oil flow through the most extreme cornering, helping Grand Sport deliver a consistently high level of performance.
CHOICE OF TRANSMISSIONS
Choose between a 7-speed manual or an 8-speed paddle-shift automatic. The standard 7-speed with Active Rev Matching enhances the driving experience by simulating heel-toe shifting perfection. The 8-speed paddle-shift transmission offers the smooth control of an automatic but with quick, precise shifts and manual mode for track driving.
Large standard BREMBO® 14.6”/14.4” two-piece steel rotors give great braking control and available massive 15.5”/15.3” BREMBO® carbon ceramic rotors with the Z07 Performance Package (shown) help to dissipate heat lap after lap.
WHEELS AND TIRES
Lightweight 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels are available in several finishes and are wrapped in super wide Michelin® Pilot® Super Sport 285/30-19 front and 325/25-20 rear ZP summer-only tires for even more grip during extreme cornering and braking.
The suspension mechanism includes standard Magnetic Ride technology that adapts 1,000 times per second, stiffening the suspension for performance driving without sacrificing a smooth ride. Standard Electronic Limited-Slip Differential is designed to improve stability and responsiveness, improving steering feel, handling, and traction. It all adds up to an estimated 1.05g lateral G-force and an incredible 1.2g with the Z07 Performance Package.
Grand Sport combines signature Corvette DNA with ingenious engineering to create a stunning, track-ready aerodynamic sports car. Every exterior element has a purpose, including wide fenders to accommodate wider tires, giving Grand Sport incredible grip, aerodynamics, airflow and overall performance. And with a ton of color options as well as unique striping and fender hash marks, you can truly make Grand Sport yours.
Cool under pressure
A unique mesh grille features brake-cooling intakes, and massive hood vent helps keep the engine cool while contributing to downforce. Standard front and rear brake-cooling ducts, large rear-fascia openings and unique air blades over the inlets on the rear fender all keep vital components cool during extreme driving.
The 2018 Corvette Grand Sport Heritage Package features hash mark fender graphics in six colors and unique interior touches, like brushed aluminum trim with hash mark details. And with available full-length stripe in five colors, you can personalize your Corvette like never before.
The fully electronic convertible top can be lowered by the press of a button or remotely using the key fob — even while driving up to 48 kmh — and hides beneath a body-colored tonneau cover.
With the 2018 Carbon 65 Special Edition, Grand Sport and Z06 weave a striking next chapter in their performance heritage. Their distinct visible carbon-fiber components up the ante not only on design, but also on performance, thanks to a spoiler, rockers and more that add style and downforce. Available now and limited to a run of only 650 globally, each with a unique VIN sequence and interior numbered plaque, this package boldly celebrates 65 years of powerful Corvette legacy.
This limited production edition comes in all-new Watkins Glen Gray body color with Tension Blue fender hash marks and full-length Satin Black stripe, all sitting atop unique cup-style Black wheels. Step inside and you’re greeted by a unique, driver-centric Tension Blue leather and suede wrapped interior with blue accent stitching. Available mid-model year 2018.
See the Corvette Grand Sport back up its promises with on-track footage