2018 Chevy Corvette Grand Sport Review: Already Special, No Stickers Required

– Los Angeles, California

Chevrolet will soon sell you a Corvette with 755 horsepower, which is, frankly, insane. Even the 650-hp Z06 is sort of unnecessary for most people, most of the time. That’s why a lot of us auto scribes believe the Grand Sport is the real sweet spot of the Corvette range. It borrows aerodynamic and suspension components from the track-focused Z06, but uses the Stingray’s naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V8, with a still-impressive 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque.

For 2018, there’s a new Carbon 65 package available for both Grand Sport and Z06 models, only 650 of which will be available worldwide. It’s a decidedly tacky trim-and-tape job – and an expensive one, too. But if a new special edition provides an occasion for spending more time with my favorite Corvette, I’ll happily oblige. The Carbon 65 stickers don’t ruin what is, without question, one of the finest sports cars money can buy today.

 

Pros

The sound and the fury. No engine in the world can match the aural character of an American V8, and nowhere is that more evident than in the Corvette. But it isn’t just a treat for the ears. This may be the “base” engine tune, but you can feel every one of the 460 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque egging you on, commanding you to break the back end loose around a corner, light up the rear tires, and rev high in each gear just to hear that sweet, sweet muscle car sound.

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