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What is this? This is the new 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport. If you are a student of all things ‘Vette, that should immediately signal that you’re looking at something special. Grand Sport is a name Chevy has kept in its toy box for over 53 years, bringing it out only occasionally. There have only been three previous GS ‘Vettes: the 1963 stillborn race car, of which only five were made; the 1996 C4 version, which was limited to 1,000 cars; and the 2010 C6 model, which was so popular it accounted for more than half of ‘Vette sales in the last year of C6 production, 2013. So what’s special about this one then? In line with all previous Grand Sports, this new C7-based version is a best of the Corvette parts bin, using the Z06’s wide body chassis and tyres powered by the standard car’s – or rather the Z51’s dry sumped – normally aspirated 460bhp V8. This gives the car more grip than grunt, which makes it the ideal track day car as you run out of power long before you run out of grip. And that means you can give it a proper thrashing without going into outer orbit. This makes it not only the sweet spot of the ‘Vette mini range but also one of the most pleasing, well-balanced everyday performance cars you can buy. What exactly is different about the Grand Sport?