The Corvette Grand Sport exists with a similar model line-up to the base Stingray, with three trims comprising the 1LT, 2LT, and 3LT, and all powered by a 460 horsepower LT1 V8. A seven-speed manual is standard, while an eight-speed automatic is available. The 1LT, as the most basic model, is still well equipped with Grand Sport-specific 19- and 20-inch staggered alloy wheels, the widebody kit from the Z06, a performance exhaust, adaptive dampers, big Brembo brakes, dual-zone climate, eight-way power adjustable seats, and an eight-inch infotainment system with a nine-speaker Bose sound system. The 2LT adds an extra speaker, auto-dimming mirrors, heating and ventilation for the front seats, a performance data and video logger, and a driver head-up display. The 3LT exists purely to raise the standards of luxury with additional soft-touch leather and microsuede upholstered interior panels, soft Nappa leather seating surfaces, and onboard navigation.
The base price of the cheapest Corvette Grand Sport Convertible available is an MSRP of $71,495 for the 1LT before tax, registration, licensing, dealer fees, and a $1,095 destination charge. From there, the 2LT carries a base MSRP of $75,950, while the range-topping 3LT is priced from $81,240. Upgrading to the eight-speed automatic transmission on any one of the three trims carries a premium of $1,995.
Most equipment is bundled into the three trims when it comes to the Grand Sport Convertible, but there are several package add-ons for various items.
The most important of these packages is the Z07 Performance Package, which at $7,995 equips stiffer Z07 suspension with Magnetic Selective Ride Control, Brembo carbon ceramic brakes, dark gray painted calipers, and sticky Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup 2 tires.
Additionally, buyers can opt for one of four special edition Drivers Series packages, paying homage to famous Corvette racers for a fee of $4,995. These packages honor Antonio Garcia, Jan Magnussen, Oliver Gavin, and Tommy Milner, and each model receives specific interior and exterior coloring, package-specific racing stripes, Corvette Racing Jake logo wheel center caps, and specific wheel designs and coloring.
Even buyers looking to buy the Grand Sport Convertible for track days will likely want the ability to get coffee at some point, and that means parking. For that, you want to go no lower than the 2LT package since its front cameras will be the front-end's saving grace as soon as curbs come into play. And while our 3LT didn't come with the Z07 Performance Package, the grippier rubber and upgraded brakes would be welcomed on any track day. But the biggest amendment we'd make to our test vehicle is the transmission. There's nothing wrong with the automatic, and it's certainly quicker than the seven-speed manual, but the Corvette already sends so many raw inputs to the driver that it just feels right having full control over the shifting process too. As the driver's car of the bunch, the Grand Sport Convertible would be perfect as a 2LT with a manual transmission, the Z07 Package, and obviously, as all Corvette should have, an outlandish exterior and interior color scheme.