Corvette fans all over the world can rejoice in knowing the racing-inspired Grand Sport is making a return for summer in 2017. After a three year hiatus from the Corvette lineup, Chevrolet announced its plans to bring the Grand Sport back last week at the Geneva International Motor Show.

Similar to the previous generation C6 Grand Sport offered from 2010 – 2013, the new C7 version is track-ready out of the factory. Standard features above and beyond those standard on Stingray and Z51 equipped models includes a wider set of Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires (285/30ZR19 front and 335/25ZR20 rear), 14.6-inch/14.4-inch BREMBO brakes, track-oriented magnetic ride suspension with beefier stabilizer bars and an aerodynamics package that includes wider front and rear fenders. If that’s not enough, there will also be an available Z07 package, which adds carbon ceramic brakes and even gripper Pilot Sport 2 Cup tires. Both coupe and convertible Grand Sport versions will be offered paired with either a seven-speed manual or quick shifting eight-speed automatic transmission.

In terms of performance, brand officials say the new Grand Sport is nearly as quick around its Milford Proving Ground track as the previous generation top-of-the-line ZR1. Equally as amazing is the current generation Corvette’s retention performance. Currently, two-year-old (2014 MY) 1LT Stingray coupes are retaining 70% of their original typically equipped MSRPs, which is 12 percentage points higher than similarly equipped two-year-old (2013 MY) 1LT Corvettes last year. In terms of the previous generation Grand Sport’s values, last year, two-year-old (2013 MY) 1LT Grand Sport retention was 62% or four percentage points higher than the base model during the same period. If the previous generations (base vs Grand Sport) retention performance is any indicator of future C7 Grand Sport values, buyers can rest easy knowing that they’ve invested in a vehicle that will hold its value very well.

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