With a fifth-generation Corvette about to be launched, Chevrolet had to send off the previous car in style, thus the 1996 Grand Sport was conceived. It harked back to the 1960s' Grand Sport race cars which had success in the SCCA circuit series, with a striped paint scheme and many upgrades. The suspension used thicker anti-roll bars, firmer springs and shocks to create more sure-footed handling. Larger 315/35 tyres at the rear were fitted to cope with the extra power and, to get these on, special arch extensions were needed. The 405bhp (302kW) LT-5 engine would have been ideal, had it not been dropped by Chevrolet the previous year. Hence, they used the 350ci (5.7-liter) LT-4 and added modified pistons, large valves, modified cylinder heads, a hot cam and roller rockers. Behind it a ZF six-speed manual transmission was deemed necessary, and it suited the new engine perfectly.
Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Specifications
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