2017 Chevrolet Corvettes a uniquely American slice that can compete on the world stage. The performance is impressive, and appointments on the inside have improved significantly for the current generation of C7. A new Grand Sport model is interwoven between the regular Stingray and the Z06 supercar-grade, matching the powertrain of the previous with the looks and handling of the latter. Otherwise, the 2017 Corvette essentially remains unchanged from last year.
The Chevrolet Corvette 2017 lineup wins a new Grand Sports model that combines top-of-the-line Z06 handling improvements with the manageable ability of the V8 base engine. This results in one of the easiest cars on the market to drive fast. Fortunately, this performance ready for the track is not accompanied by a hard ride. Throughout its model lineup, the Corvette is still the rare alpha performance car that is also expert in schlepping you and a passenger around in comfort. Historically, the Porsche 911 has been the most direct rival, but other strong rivals such as the BMW M4, the Dodge Viper, the Ford GT350, the Jaguar F-Type, the Nissan GT-R and the Porsche Cayman and Boxster are lined up to attract your attention.
2017 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51 1LT
2017 Stingray Z51 1LT adds 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels, aerodynamic exterior, larger front brakes, slotted brake rotors, sportier suspension tuning, revised transmission speeds for faster responses (manual only), a Limited slip differential, a differential cooler, dry sump lubrication for the V8 engine and a dual mode performance exhaust.
All Stingray 2LT models come with parking cameras with front view, side mirrors and mirrors with automatic dimming system, high head screen, awning (coupe only), interior color console and armrest, heated seats and ventilated with lumbar electrical and side adjustments, controller memory settings and a 10-speaker Bose sound system with improved bass response.
The Stingray 3LT models feature premium leather upholstery with extended surface coverage, synthetic suede lining, interior color instrument panel and a navigation system (optional in 1LT and 2LT) which includes the exclusive performance data logger of Corvette. Both the standard stirrups and the Z51 can optionally be equipped with adaptive suspension dampers that are packaged with an updated traction handling system for Z51 service.
2017 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 1LZ
The Z06 1LZ starts with the standard equipment of the Stingray Z51 1LT and adds the supercharged engine, a specific sports suspension Z06, larger brakes around, wider tires, carbon fiber hood, a more aggressive aerodynamic package rear windshields, ventilation vents expanded, and a unique front grille and rear fascia) and head display. The Z06 2LZ gets updates from the 2LT minus the head-up display (already standard), while the Z06 3LZ receives updates from the 3LT.
Z06 options include the Carbon Painted Earth Effects package and the Visible Carbon Fiber Earth Effects package, both of which add an improved front splitter and rocker panels along with a larger rear spoiler with a fixed vertical extension in the back. The improved front splitter and rocker arms are also included in the Z07 performance package, which adds an adjustable, see-through center section to the rear spoiler, special Tires, carbon-ceramic brake rotors and adaptive dampers.
The new Grand Sport largely reflects the Z51 Stingray in terms of content, but adds a number of features of the Z06, including improved cooling system, wider mudguards and tires, adaptive dampers, improved suspension components and larger brakes. There are also subtle differences between the graphics, the adjustment and the rear spoiler of the Grand Sport and the Z06. Please note that the Grand Sport is eligible for a proprietary Z07 package with similar content. 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Sports seats are optional on all Corvettes, while all coupes can be had with a clear roof panel, among many other aesthetic improvements.