– [Narrator] Question. When does a 460 horsepower
Corvette feel slow? Answer. When it’s the Grand Sport
and entered in this year’s Best Driver’s Car Competition. First of all, the Grand Sport
is one of the most capable handling machines we’ve ever tested. Pulling 1.18 G’s of max grip, and running around our figure
eight course in an elite, 22.3 seconds. With all that grip comes
the need for more power. A 550 horsepower Grand Sport would split the difference nicely between
the 460 horsepower Stingray, and the bonkers, 650 horsepower Z06. Second of all, have you met
this year’s competition? Let’s see how this ‘vette
works on a racetrack. – Woo! Wow, this is not the Z06? Sure sounds like one. Oh yeah, I forgot, this
is only 460 horsepower. Lot of tire grip. Does not like the power. You know, that was an
easy power oversteer. One more. The car’s red, white, and blue. Ha! How perfect for a Chevy Corvette? This is a Grand Sport model. With the whole Z07 track package, from the big, honking supercharged car, but it’s the non-supercharged engine. Still 450 something horsepower. I went out in the Corvette
in full on race mode. It had snap oversteer and entry oversteer, I felt like I was wresting
alligators, I just wasn’t happy. I hit the switch, put it
over in sport on the shocks, which softens up the shock absorbers. The softer setting changed
the whole experience. Suddenly, the Corvette was
like a big Labrador retriever I’m petting in my lap. It was a puppy dog! And I could run it hard and
aggressively and take advantage of what’s really incredible
about Corvettes, the braking. It stops so well. Strong bite, stays there every
lap, hauls the speed down. And the sport mode on the shocks, I could just lay that thing in the corner, it was a friendly car. – [Narrator] Kids, the
Grand Sport is quick on the racetrack. It’s not only quicker than
a Lexus LFA or an Acura NSX, but that it’s quicker
than a Ferrari 458 Italia. Impressive. Randy’s big gripe, was that
the rear suspension goes all kablooey when in track mode. His solution was to put the
suspension in sport mode, and turn everything off. The problem with that for us mere mortals, is that GM’s brilliant Performance Traction
Management system, or PTM, is only available if
the car’s in track mode. As great to drive as the Grand Sport is, there are six cars we liked better. 7th place.

2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Hot Lap! – 2017 Best Driver’s Car Contender
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100 thoughts on “2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Hot Lap! – 2017 Best Driver’s Car Contender

  • September 20, 2017 at 9:25 pm
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    Two seconds off the Porsche turbo and faster the other Porsche entered and it "feels slow". Bah

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  • September 20, 2017 at 10:44 pm
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    Pozzoni,You must have had a very special car if it was a 2014 Z06. I would have kept that baby !!!

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  • September 21, 2017 at 2:48 am
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    Why no z06?

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  • September 21, 2017 at 5:36 am
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    ZL1 still better faster & more then 10 grand cheaper!! It has the ZO6 engine!

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  • September 21, 2017 at 9:27 am
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    I wonder why they didn't use 8 speed auto gear box?

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  • September 21, 2017 at 10:41 am
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    Randy probe my ass needs to learn how to drive, or just retire.

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  • September 21, 2017 at 11:51 am
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    The video is 4:27 long. Coincidence? I think not

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  • September 21, 2017 at 2:54 pm
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    MotorTrend Host Nearly Killed In Audi R8 Crash Recounts Her Recovery
    Aug 6, 2014

    Last year MotorTrend's video host Jessi Lang flew to Germany to test an extremely powerful tuned Abt Audi R8. She opened the car up on a local highway, and then her life nearly ended.

    A slow-moving car pulled into her lane while she and an Abt tuner riding in the passenger seat screamed down one of the country's well-surfaced arterial roads. Thanks to the car's big brakes, tough construction, and additional rollcage, Lang and her passenger survived. Her leg was so shattered bones broke through the skin and she spent a year bedridden, then wheelchair-bound, and then struggling through physical therapy.

    Lang describes the whole episode in this short film her crash, hospitalization, and physical therapy.

    It's rare to have a documentary account of a near-death car crash, from the lead-up and all the way through the recovery. That this all happened to a video host for one of YouTube's most popular channels gives us the full account. It's a clearer sense of how brutally car crashes can tear up our bodies, and how difficult it is to return to some sense of normalcy.

    Lang was in what would have been one of the safest cars possible for that kind of crash, and she was equipped better than most for her recuperation, with an athlete's training in martial arts. That she had what was almost a best-case scenario makes the pain and work she went through all the more harrowing.

    https://jalopnik.com/motortrend-host-nearly-killed-in-autobahn-crash-recount-1617038676

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  • September 21, 2017 at 3:59 pm
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    This is a true shocker? Everyone has unanimously praised the GS as being amazing, even the best handling corvette ever. What gives? Didn't impress Randy at all. Kinda funny that ya'll are complaining about lack of power but had none for the Cayman and you can't compare zero to 60 times to the road course, hence the 5 Second difference between their lap times. Once the cars are rolling, the corvette would run away from the cayman effortlessly, not to mention out corner and grip it like nobodies business. On Laguna , they aren't even in the same league. Traction is the caymans biggest strength in a drag race. Wonder if they got yet another broken or improperly tuned (alignment or wheel camber setup in this case) corvette?

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  • September 21, 2017 at 4:29 pm
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    i would still rather have this over some bug eyed kraut rocket

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  • September 21, 2017 at 4:34 pm
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    Know you got the best job ever when you say "its only 460 HP"

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  • September 21, 2017 at 6:00 pm
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    Hey, can you guys please do a Head to Head on the 2017 Chevy Corvette GrandSport vs 2017 Mercedes Benz C 63 S Coupe. I ask this because both fully spec are around the same price: $90,000.

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  • September 21, 2017 at 9:23 pm
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    he said a 550 hp grand sport would split the difference nicely between the 460 hp stingray and the 650 hp z06. but the car here is 460 hp but it's a grand sport. im confused

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  • September 21, 2017 at 10:03 pm
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    NA V8 will always be one of my favorite sounds

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  • September 21, 2017 at 10:23 pm
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    god damn that 4th gear is long

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  • September 21, 2017 at 10:43 pm
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    I love the grand sport best handling car iv drove. I havent had the chance to drive a zo6 (I rode in one) it was awsome to. its awsome having a couple of rich friends LoL but if I had the cash to buy zo6 or grand sport I would get the GS and slap a cam and F1a procharger and call it a day

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  • September 21, 2017 at 10:44 pm
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    its a grand sport not a zo6 a zo6 would do way better

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  • September 21, 2017 at 10:54 pm
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    bro, the fucking scat pack has more power than this scat pack has 485.

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  • September 21, 2017 at 11:50 pm
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    Cam + tuning and your in the 500 hp @ 6500+ rpms. The thing is GM should have done it from the factory. Guys are building 550 hp NA LS engines that are very reliable left and right nowadays so this is a very conservative move from Chevy.

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  • September 22, 2017 at 1:43 am
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    My 2015 GMC Sierra Denali has 420 hp stock. I did a mild tune with a performance chip, cold air intake and a 3” Exhaust with cat delete and was able to get 465 hp. And that was just a mild tune.

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  • September 22, 2017 at 3:15 am
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    7th??? Up yours

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  • September 22, 2017 at 3:28 am
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    4th gear is way too long to be a "track focused" car….

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  • September 22, 2017 at 3:38 am
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    Per their site: in alphabetical order: (this years contenders) I am taking the Mclaren myself…

    Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
    Aston Martin DB11
    Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE
    Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport
    Ferrari 488 GTB
    Lexus LC 500
    Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Club
    McLaren 570GT
    Mercedes-AMG GT R
    Nissan GT-R NISMO
    Porsche 718 Cayman S
    Porsche 911 Turbo S

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  • September 22, 2017 at 4:33 am
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    Call me crazy but I think this is the perfect amount of horsepower. Even if I had the money for a zo7 I would get the grand sport. Is has usable power. This car should have placed top 3.

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  • September 22, 2017 at 4:57 am
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    Tesla is faster

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  • September 22, 2017 at 4:58 am
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    lol people talking shit, most people would probably kill themselves driving this car let alone V-crap econo box.

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  • September 22, 2017 at 7:55 am
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    Why didn't they just use a Z06?

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  • September 22, 2017 at 11:03 am
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    Sad day, no Vipers around to give these guys a hard time!!!

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  • September 22, 2017 at 12:43 pm
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    One of the most challenging track when i used to play NFS Shift

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  • September 22, 2017 at 12:52 pm
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    Can anyone tell me why 2017 Z06 wasn't in this?

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  • September 22, 2017 at 1:01 pm
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    It's #1 in my book bc it's the one I could afford and actually own. Yeah, it's not perfect but I love it.

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  • September 22, 2017 at 11:59 pm
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    He went into the corners SLOW!!! The Grand Sport could've handle more speeds at the corner.

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  • September 23, 2017 at 3:21 am
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    Great lap time, but Randy is spot on with the handling characteristics comments. Doesn't put down power well! Needs different rear shocks or geometry changes… imagine if it put power down well? Would be #1

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  • September 23, 2017 at 3:49 am
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    God damn, randys a beautiful driver

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  • September 23, 2017 at 4:05 pm
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    This Guy Cant Drive

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  • September 23, 2017 at 5:00 pm
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    Wait a minute. The GS with almost 200 less hp than the ultra track focused ZL1 1LE was beaten by only a second?! Imagine the Z06!!

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  • September 23, 2017 at 6:57 pm
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    General Motors really missed an opportunity. They could've stroked the original 6.2L to a 7.0L to make it a little more special than the entry-level Stingray and the over-the-top Z06. I can see an engine like that making 550-ish horsepower and lb.-ft. of torque. Hell, that could-have-been 7.0L could be used in the rumored Camaro Z/28.

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  • September 23, 2017 at 11:16 pm
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    The only thing missing on the Grand Sport was a better powertrain like the one on the Z28 or the C6 Z06, which came with the 7.0 N.A. Engine and the 6 speed manual transmission or maybe the automatic transmission would have performed much better. The guys at M.T. were amazed with the handling and braking performance of the G.S. The only thing missing was 100 hp and a more accurate shifter.

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  • September 24, 2017 at 12:05 am
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    If this car had 575 omg

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  • September 24, 2017 at 12:06 am
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    You can only make a car so good in that price range. If Chevy made the corvette in the 200 thousand range it would stomp

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  • September 24, 2017 at 9:04 am
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    The hot lap of alfa romeo 4c please!

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  • September 24, 2017 at 11:52 am
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    Chevy always struggles with their Vettes. Get rid of those rear leaf springs already.

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  • September 27, 2017 at 5:11 am
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    GM should put the 7.0L back in the vette. Perfect spot would be in this grand sport

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  • September 30, 2017 at 4:24 am
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    Johnny leiberman clearly has GMs hand shoved up his ass controlling like a puppet

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  • October 6, 2017 at 5:22 am
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    Is everybody just going to ignore the hilarious credits!!!!!

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  • October 10, 2017 at 9:07 pm
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    Good sounds

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  • October 11, 2017 at 5:30 pm
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    The Grand Sport is under powered. GM should offer a bump in horsepower as they did in the past to justify the price difference. Especially since you can buy a Z06 for less than a Grand Sport.

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  • October 16, 2017 at 6:14 am
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    Where is the Tesla? Why is it Motor Trend never runs lap times with Tesla's?

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  • October 25, 2017 at 8:44 pm
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    Well done using the base engine clad GS in this shootout among +600hp exotics AND A CAMARO WITH THE NEW ZO6's motor… and review it giving poor marks for lack of power? Does that remind you of picking on somebody's little brother when the big brother wasn't invited? #carpolitics

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  • October 29, 2017 at 3:10 am
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    I want this to be my job so bad😍

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  • October 29, 2017 at 11:18 pm
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    While its true that the Grand Sport should have come from the factory with 550 HP, it is only about $3000.00 and very easy to attain approximately 525 at the crank, which translates to 450 – 460 RWHP for a 7 speed manual. Intake, headers, improved X mid- pipe and safe conservative tune, voila. My 2017 GS lays down 460 HP and 465 RWTQ across most of its RPM range and will blow your shorts off while sounding savage. On top of that it benefits from the excellent cooling this version comes stock with.

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  • November 5, 2017 at 3:39 am
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    Why this grandpa is testing cars? You know all this cars can lap faster than what he did here…

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  • November 7, 2017 at 9:31 pm
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    where did the 550 horsepower come from? even Chevy says its 460 just like the stingray!

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  • November 10, 2017 at 3:59 am
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    Lol this guy always thinks everything needs more horsepower

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  • November 16, 2017 at 5:05 pm
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    Ew.

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  • November 17, 2017 at 6:48 am
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    Should be Grand Sport vs. Stingray Z51

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  • November 19, 2017 at 1:38 am
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    Z06: Too much power cant control it
    Grandsport: Needs more power
    Make up your damn mind Motortrend

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  • November 21, 2017 at 6:39 am
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    from the same people who say "the chassis needs more power"….."we cant seem to put the power down" 460hp***

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  • November 22, 2017 at 11:09 pm
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    Selectable drive modes don't seem like such a great idea anymore. They used to be about having "The best of both worlds", such as a track car that can calm down for daily use or whatever. Now it's just finding a configuration that is the least compromised, and still the car might not do exactly what you want. I think I'd just rather have a well-tuned fixed suspension, and simple traction control: On or off.

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  • November 26, 2017 at 7:55 pm
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    Jesus Christ, listening to Randy's perfect downshifts in that Vette is a pleasure!

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  • December 3, 2017 at 11:29 am
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    I just did a video on this car: https://youtu.be/XG78fwPAaJQ.

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  • December 10, 2017 at 11:32 pm
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    Probably the best performance value, typical Chevy.

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  • December 21, 2017 at 5:52 pm
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    I will buy this car next year!

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  • December 27, 2017 at 2:11 am
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    I'd thought it would be a better car with 500 plus hp…that's Chevy for you..

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  • December 30, 2017 at 5:40 pm
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    Great car. This particular car was not properly aligned. With better alignment, car hooks up…

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  • December 30, 2017 at 6:56 pm
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    ZR1 CORVETTE IS KING

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  • January 15, 2018 at 3:07 am
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    74 hp/liter yeah very powerfull my old POS nissan sentra 1.8 liters 2004 makes 128 hp that is 71 hp/liter

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  • February 1, 2018 at 9:42 pm
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    Their opinion of the Grand Sport changed quite a bit since the Vette GS vs 911 C2 video.

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  • February 7, 2018 at 7:33 am
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    For real-world use, where you might do a few track days, then sunny Sundays, and road trips with wifey, there is no car better than this. Especially not for the money. I can build a dialed-in car with the Z07 package and just enough creature comforts without it being overloaded with junk, and it comes in around $80k. Folks, for the cars this thing straight up spanks around a racetrack, PLUS the flexibility and daily useability with the magnetic ride control, you can’t beat this.

    I have an SS sedan with the Tremec manual. It’s fun, and the MRC gives me a taste of Corvette life. But still… If my wife and I could get away with deleting the rear doors and seat, I would have a GS on order already. We use that back seat regularly though, so SS sedan it is for the foreseeable future. These Corvettes are amazing, and they get better and better with each generation. The want is strong.

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  • March 6, 2018 at 1:56 pm
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    Fantastic car. The other cars are great but I at LEAST would have placed the Grand Sport fourth in this year's comparo.

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  • April 9, 2018 at 7:00 pm
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    Hell yeah IMA start putting some cash away for this bad boy can't wait to be stunting in one of these and treating it with love!

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  • May 31, 2018 at 5:05 pm
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    I like more the review from Motorweek!

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  • June 20, 2018 at 6:42 am
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    & my suggestion for a bit more power is, the naturally aspirated, updated LS-7. PERFECT ☆☆427cid.

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  • June 21, 2018 at 10:33 pm
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    Laguna seca circuit

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  • June 27, 2018 at 11:41 am
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    gm does it again

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  • July 9, 2018 at 9:44 am
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    the sound of this machine is drawing me away from my originally strict stance of an m4 being my next car. i can live with the lower quality interior (tho a thousand times better than previous corvettes, and american cars in general) for that engine sound and exhaust note for sure. the turbo six sound just doesn't come close. not within a mile.

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  • July 17, 2018 at 6:41 am
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    it's capable of holding 1st place if it had more 300 horsepower

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  • July 28, 2018 at 3:53 am
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    550hp grand sport what is he talking about?

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  • July 31, 2018 at 3:53 am
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    the video length is 4:27 lol

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  • August 10, 2018 at 5:33 pm
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    Flawless heeltoe

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  • September 26, 2018 at 6:11 am
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    anyone know if this car was slower than the ZL1 1LE

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  • October 4, 2018 at 11:35 pm
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    For all the people who want the Grand Sport to have a motor with more power than the LT1 but less than the LT4 … Adding a 4'th engine would boost the cost of the GS. The GS uses the body of the Z06 and the motor of the Stingray. This does not increase its cost. If you were to add another motor, then you might as well just jump to the Z06 because it would boost the cost.

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  • October 8, 2018 at 8:38 am
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    For this comparo, a Z06 would have been a winner. Weird having a GS here among much higher HP-rated competition

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  • October 18, 2018 at 5:09 am
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    Why do supercar fanboys, especially Americans and American supercar fanboys, love to bring GTR?l lol

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  • October 26, 2018 at 12:35 am
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    I feel like the corvette is slowly dying

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  • October 31, 2018 at 10:43 pm
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    INSIDER information, the Grand Sport ran early in the morning when the track was cold and damp. Hmmm maybe this contributed to the lack of traction at speed???

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  • November 30, 2018 at 6:25 am
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    If you're wondering how the Camaro compares..

    2017 Camaro SS 1LE -> 1:37:78 @ ~45K USD
    2017 Corvetter Grand Sport ->1:35:62 @ ~85K
    2017 Camaro ZL1 1LE -> 1:34:30 @~72K USD

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  • January 12, 2019 at 3:48 am
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    My most favorite Corvette model of them all.

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  • March 12, 2019 at 3:22 am
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    So what are the optimal settings for a track day Z07 Grand Sport?

    Engine on track, suspension on Sport plus?

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  • March 13, 2019 at 3:54 pm
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    Wins with nsx with nsx that twice the horse powers

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  • April 15, 2019 at 11:45 pm
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    At .44 he said the grand sport has 550HP? 🙈

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  • May 23, 2019 at 2:56 am
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    I love that color and livery combination. Admiral Blue with Torch Red fender hash marks, and that white stripe down the length of the car.

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  • May 27, 2019 at 10:00 am
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    The auto would’ve been faster

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  • June 8, 2019 at 6:06 pm
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    The amount of people confused by the 550hp comment really makes me worry about the listening and comprehension skills of our society.

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  • August 1, 2019 at 6:56 pm
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    Car is dope!!!

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  • August 6, 2019 at 4:33 am
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    Bought a Corvette Grand Sport with a MANUAL TRANSMISSION, and it's completely awesome. Sorry Porsche, too quiet, too refined, too aloof.

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  • August 20, 2019 at 1:51 pm
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    Stay out of the wrong lane clowns.

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  • August 24, 2019 at 3:03 pm
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    I don't wanna be the next comment but i gotta say that this is not enough of a reason to make the Vette mid-engine

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  • September 13, 2019 at 7:23 pm
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    I am so proud to own my '18 Grand Sport, watch me go!

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  • September 14, 2019 at 8:46 am
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    What's sad is the 2012 z06 was faster by a second d

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