Video: Corvette Grand Sport—Almost as Quick As A GT3 RS

America’s budget track star has officially arrived. If the sensation surrounding the Z06 wasn’t enough for encourage potential buyers to get a considerable loan, a cheaper alternative to Chevrolet’s sportiest platform is available and, as we see here, quite capable of taking on a few high-dollar European track tools.

Wedged comfortably between the Stingray and the Z06, the Grand Sport is has all of the latter car’s fancy footwork, but without the supercharged motor. Instead, it uses the 6.2-liter V8 from the Stingray, which has been dry-sumped for high lateral loads—a maximum of 1.18 g. Fitted with a shorter gearset, it uses its 460 horsepower to sprint to sixty in 3.9 seconds.

Though it doesn’t use the Z06’s supercharged motor, it does sport the muscular bodywork.

The Grand Sport is so much more than a dragster, though. With the aid of carbon fiber, it tips the scales just a tick over 3,400 pounds. Not exactly featherweight, but with broad hips of a Z06, trick suspension, a limited-slip differential, a differential cooler, and massive Michelin Pilot Sport Cup SZ tires, its cornering belies its heft.

However, few would believe that those stats would be enough to record a lap anywhere near the daddy of streetable track cars: the 991 GT3 RS. Yet, with a broad powerband, strong traction, a surprisingly incisive front end, and strong brakes, it recorded a lap time at the abbreviated Hockenheim just two tenths behind the Porsche. It takes some serious commitment and courage to wrangle this car to such a time; the feisty ‘Vette spins the wheels wildly through Hockenheim’s Turn 1, but the sudden breakaway looks manageable in the right hands. What’s more—it rides the curbs beautifully, and looks to be throttle-adjustable even at high speeds. An involving, edgy, and, well, manly car; the Corvette Grand Sport offers the brave enthusiast an enviable amount of performance, a world-class soundtrack, and some underdog pride for a relative bargain.

About the author

Tommy Parry

Tommy Parry has been racing and writing about racing cars for the past seven years. As an automotive enthusiast from a young age, he worked jobs revolving around cars throughout high school, and tried his hand on the race track on his 20th birthday. After winning his first outdoor kart race, Tommy began working as an apprentice mechanic to amateur racers in the Bay Area to sharpen his mechanical understanding. He has worked as a track day instructor and automotive writer since 2012, and continues to race karts, formula cars, sedans, and rally cars in the San Francisco region.
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