Corvette C7 Grand Sport 2017 Unveiled!

So if you didn’t know this, where have you been for the past few months?! So yes… back in May, GM unveiled the 2017 Grand Sport at the National Corvette Museum‘s birthday!

This will be the 3rd time that GM have added a Grand Sport version to their roster, much to the excitement of Vette fans around the world (us included!), with models also on production in 1996 and in 2010, as mentioned in our ‘history of the Corvette’ post found here.

The new GS will be available in both coupe and convertible editions, with the bodywork mimicking that of the more expensive Z06. This is one of the reasons a Grand Sport edition excites us, not only is the GS steeped in history, but this edition brings a middle-ground for those looking for a step up from the standard C7 model, but can’t quite bring themselves to fork out for the top spec Z06. The GS will be in the price-range of $65-70k, with the convertible as expected being at the higher-end of that range.

The new Grand Sport will be available in the following 3 packages:

  • Z15 Heritage Package
  • Z25 Collector Package
  • Grand Sport Performance Package

So what are you waiting for? If you’re in the US then you can Build your own today! I would certainly like to but I think my financial adviser would have something to say about it first. Also unfortunately it isn’t available in the UK yet :/

 

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Feast your eyes on that! What a beauty…well that’s what we think here anyway. What do you guys think? Make sure you comment below to let us know.

Look out for our next post which will take a look at the controversial C7 series in more detail…

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A Brief History of the Corvette (1997-Present Day)

Wassup guys! So in our first post we gave you all a whistle-stop historical tour of the Corvette from its beginnings up until the end of the 20th century. Now it’s time to look at the Vette’s history coming into the 21st century up until the present day!

So first we have the C5 which was manufactured from 1997 to 2004. This was seen as one of the best enhancements on a previous generation, with the C5 and it’s top speed of 181mph being commended by the automotive press as improved in nearly every area over the C4. The car included a new hydro-formed box frame which added improved structural capabilities to the vehicle. The transition was also relocated to the rear of the car. These changes improved on the vehicles handling.

There was only a coupe version of the car available to start with in 1997, but a convertible version was released in 1998, followed by a hardtop ‘fixed-roof coupe’ in 1999.

There was a new LS1 engine in this generation which originally had 345bhp, but was further improved to have 350bhp in 2001. This engine had a relatively high mpg of between 18 – 28, which compared to other performance vehicles was very good. The C5 also topped other supercars such as the Aston Martin DB7 Vanquish and the Ferrari 355 when it came to it’s 0-60mph time. The C5 was at 4.5secs, with the new Z06 model reaching 3.9secs!

The Z06 model nodded to the Z06 C2 model, and was a marked improvement in every area (apart from top-speed) on the ZR-1. Once again Chevrolet introduced several commemorative models for this generation. These included a 1998 Indy pace car and a 50th Anniversary model.

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Next up was the C6, which was in production from 2005 to 2013. This model was almost virtually brand new in comparison to the C5. It was the first model to have exposed headlamps since the 1962 model, but it also included new bodywork, new suspension, a larger 6L engine and a bigger passenger area. The new engine (LS2 V8) produced a whopping 400bhp but still managed a respectable mpg range of 15-26. This engine was further upgraded in 2008 with the introduction of a 6.2L LS3 430bhp animal.

A C6 Z06 was released in 2006, being the lightest of all Vette models. This included the largest displcaement engine ever produced, making the normal C6’s 6.2L engine look puny with its 7L 505bhp beast. This car was recorded to reach 60mph in 3.6seconds, and was also unofficially tested at a top speed of 216mph, beating Ferrari’s 458 Italia and it’s 488 GTB, as well as the Lambo Murcielago!

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And then finally we come to the current generation of Corvette…the C7! This car first came onto the scene in 2013, and it features the new Corvette logo for the first time. It is also the first time it has worn the stingray name since the C3. With the C7 came a brand new V8 engine boasting 455bhp, reaching 0-60 in 3.8secs!!

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Now as this is the current model, we will go through it in more detail in our next post! Hope to see you then!

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A Brief History of the Corvette (1953-1996)

We thought we’d make our first post all about the history of the Corvette. Now I’m sure for many of you Vette addicts this will be nothing new for you, but we think it’s a good place to start and also to bring any future/newbie Vette Addicts up to speed!

To date, there has been seven generations of the Corvette manufactured by Chevrolet. The first generation (C1) manufactured between 1953 and 1962 was a convertible model which was originally designed as a show car for the New York Auto Show. Obviously with the beauty of the car, lots of interest was paid towards it and as a result GM made a production version to sell to the public…the Vette was born!

There were several variations of the original model with a change to the face of the car, the side covers and also the tail lamp fins were removed. The 1955 variant offered a 4.34L V8 engine as an option, seeing the 0-60mph time improved by a whole 1.5 seconds. A fuel injection system was also made available in the middle of the 1957 model year, making it one of the first mass-produced engines in history to reach 1 bhp per cubic inch. This proved a key selling point of the vehicle and led to Chevrolet’s advertising agency using “one hp per cubic inch” as a slogan for their advertising campaigns.

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Next up was the C2, manufactured between 1963 and 1967. This generation saw the introduction of the Sting Ray to the model. This version was smaller than the C1, but continued with the fiberglass body panels. The inspiration for this version was taken mainly from a previous concept car called the Q Corvette, but inspiration was also drawn from the Mako Shark!

This generation was the first to introduce a coupe version of the car, whilst also continuing with the convertible version. This generation saw the introduction of the first L88 engine, which was marked at 430bhp, but unofficial estimates actually rated the output at 560bhp+!

In retaliation to moves by Ford with their Shelby Cobra, a lighter version of the C2 (named the 100 Grand Sport) was designed, but only 5 models were actually manufactured. All 5 are still around today, being arguably the most coveted Corvettes ever built. WE WANT ONE!

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The third generation model (C3) was manufactured from 1968 to 1982, based on the Mako Shark 2 concept car. In terms of the engine and the chassis, the C3 pretty much mirrored that of the C2. The big changes were with the body and interior. The coupe C3’s were the first to feature removable roof panels. There was the introduction of an completely aluminium engine named the ZL1 in 1969 however. This had very similar stats to the L88.

The 25th anniversary of the Corvette took place within this generation (1978). In celebration of this landmark, GM built a Silver Anniversary edition, as well as a C3 Indy Pace Car replica. 1975 was the final year of the convertible version of the vette for 11 years.

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Next up was the C4 which was manufactured between 1984 and 1996. This saw the first complete redesign of the corvette since 1963. The 1984 model carried over the 5.7L L83 V8 engine from the final 1982 C3. Beginning in 1985, the 230 bhp L98 engine with tuned port fuel injection became the standard engine.

This generation was full of commemorative special additions models. Firstly, in 1986 a second Corvette Indy Pace Car was released (being the first convertible since 1975). In 1988, a 35th anniversary edition was also commissioned. Each Indy Car edition featured a special badge with an identification number mounted next to the gear stick. Then in 1993 there was a special 40th Anniversary Edition, featuring 40th anniversary badges and a commemorative Ruby Red colour. And finally, with 1996 being the final year of C4 production, there were even MORE special models, including the Grand Sport and a Collector Edition! Yes…GM like special edition Vette’s! And so do we!

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Look out for the next post which will look at the 21st century history of our beloved Vette’s! See ya then.

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