The 2018 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport occupies the slim real estate between the 455-hp Stingray and the high performance, 650-hp Z06, combining elements of both. The Stingray’s naturally aspirated 6. 2-liter V-8 is surrounded by the Z06’s gnarly bodywork, flared fenders, meaty auto tires, and wide-track suspension. Think of the Grand Sport as basically equal with the track ready Z06 in all of way save for power. The combo is potent enough to earn it a spot on our 2017 10Best Cars list, and track rats can go nuts and buy a Z07 aerodynamics and handling package very similar to the one available on the Z06, complete with carbon-ceramic brakes, a much deeper spoiler, a harder-core suspension system tune, and ultragrippy Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup 2 tires.
2018 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Exterior
The Corvette reviewed here came so equipped, signifying it wore exclusive Ceramic Matrix Gray paint, featured Carbon 65 graphics on the fenders and doors, together carbon fiber virtually splattered all over it, including on the splitter, rocker-panel blades, spoiler, side showcases, hood insert, rear fender ducts, wheel caps, and about half of the steering-wheel rim.
These carbon-fiber goods are all optional on regular Grand Sports, as are the package’s included Competition Sport seats. The net effect is eye-catching-our Carbon 65 coupe attracted endless attention. The interior’s blue stitching (including making quilts for the removable carbon fiber roof panel’s microsuede-upholstered headliner), additional black microsuede features, and carbon-fiber trim noticeably classed up the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport cabin. Whether that’s worthy of the package’s $15, 500 cost (and this specific Carbon 65’s $99, 230 sticker) is up to you.
2018 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Specs
Exterior of pricey option plans like the Carbon sixty-five gear, 2018 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport-and more specifically Z07-equipped Grand Sports and Z06s–most definitely are performance bargains, with heroic capacities including greater than 1. 10 g of handling grip on our skidpad, sub-140-foot braking distances from 70 mph, and excellent high-speed stability. Even the base V-8 pushes out 460 horsepower with the Grand Sport’s standard sport exhaust (an option on base Stingrays), punting the thing to 60 your in only 3. 9 seconds–quicker than the Stingray, thanks to its tires’ extra grip. Select the Z07 bundle for even more crazy track performance.
It’s performance you can enjoy, too, thanks to the clear responses from the steering and chassis as you nearby the grip limits at either end of the car. All of us have zero complaints about the way the Grand Sport looks, sounds, or drives. And when you want to unwind and just cruise, the Vette will serve up a comfortable trip in the Tour driving setting. (Cycling through the Sport and Track modes changes the ride to firm and then to rock hard. ) It’s even capable of practically 35 mpg on the freeway, thanks to the manual transmission’s ultratall seventh gear and the V-8’s cylinder-deactivation feature that can shut down four cylinders in order to save fuel. The available programmed transmission’s 8 forward speeds aid the cause of efficiency with their wider ratio spread, as well as quick shifting helps find the Vette up to speed even quicker.
2018 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Interior
Despite the Carbon sixty five package’s upgrades, the “2018 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport” interior leaves a great deal to be desired. Yes, we get it the Vette starts in the mid-$50, 000 space, as compared with the better-turned-out Porsche 911 that begins at practically double that figure. But other 50 bucks, 000 cars don’t undergo from body creaks over speed bumps, pervasive plasticky smells on hot times, and interior switchgear which upstaged by that of many mid-size sedans. The test car’s panel of the door, for example, flexed noticeably whenever we pressed the driver’s-seat memory buttons, and with only 1200 miles on their odometer, the car’s climate-control temperature knob was for whatever reason sticky almost to the idea of being completely stuck.
We recommend trying the narrow Competition seats on for size before buying. And for all the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport external size, particularly its width, its interior is cramped, particularly wide. Oh, and you probably will bang your knees on the sharp corner of the dashboard while getting into and out of the ultralow driver’s seat, because it juts out to the space between steering wheel and seat. Approach the Grand Sport like the affordable track-capable car it is, and these defects fade into the background; treat it like any other $65, 000 car, and they’re less forgivable.