What’s new in the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport?
2018 Corvette Grand Sport received some major updates along with other Vettes to mark the 65th birthday of the Corvette in 2018. Thus, the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport has remained primarily unchanged from its previous model.
The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport is the last of the seventh-generation Corvette (C7) manufactured by Chevrolet. The Grand Sport was originally introduced in 1963, and since then it has been a favorite for many Corvette fans for several years. The brain behind the Grand Sport program was Zora Arkus-Duntov, who aimed at launching a true lightweight C2 Corvette to compete with the Shelby Cobra in the GT class racing. To this date, the Corvette Grand Sport has maintained its core values and features quite well – it is light, aerodynamic and comes track-ready right off the floor. Let’s enjoy the C7 as long as it is in production because soon this car will become the last Corvette with a front engine.
The 2019 Corvette Grand Sport has a body style based on the Corvette Z06 and equips the Z06 suspension system. The 2019 Corvette Grand Sport is available both as a Coupe and Convertible. The Grand Sport is available in three trims – 1LT, 2LT and 3LT. It equips a 6.2-liter LT1 V-8 engine that produces 460 hp and 465 lb-ft. of torque. The engine is mated to a standard 7-speed manual or an optional 8-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission. All the trims have a Rear Wheel Drive drivetrain and start at $66,995.
Trims available in 2019 Corvette Grand Sport?
The 2019 Corvette Grand Sport is available in three trim levels – the 1LT, 2LT and 3LT. There is not much difference among the trims, except for a few upgraded features available in the upper trims. All the models are equipped with a 6.2L LT1 V-8 engine and standard 7-speed manual transmission. The price ranges from $66,995 for the base model to $76,740 for the top-spec model. The standard features of the 2019 Corvette Grand Sport are as follows:
2019 Corvette Grand Sport 1LT
- Driver Mode Selector with 5 modes
- Electric Limited-Slip Differential
- Performance Exhaust
- Magnetic Selective Ride Control Suspension and Performance Traction Management
- Outside Heated Power-adjustable body-color mirror
- Active Handling System with all-speed Traction Control
- Frontal and side-impact airbags for both driver and passenger
- Power-programmable door locks with lockout protection
- Keyless open and start
- Rear vision camera
- Dual-zone automatic climate control
- Air filtration system with pollen filter
- Driver Information Centre with 8-inch diagonal color display
- Interior trim and seats only in interior color
- Perforated Mulan leather seating surfaces
- 3-spoke leather-wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel and leather-wrapped shift knob
- Electronic cruise control
- Chevrolet Infotainment System with 8-inch diagonal touch screen display
- Bluetooth wireless technology and audio streaming
- All Access Package with 3 months trial subscription
- 9-speaker Bose Sound System
- Built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi
2019 Corvette Grand Sport 2LT
In addition to or replacing the standard features of ‘1LT’, the ‘2LT’ includes:
- Heated power-adjustable body-color outside mirror with driver-side auto-dimming feature
- Front curb view parking cameras
- Content theft alarm for security content and unauthorized entry
- Color Head-up Display
- Auto-dimming frameless rearview mirror
- Universal Home Remote with 3 channel programmable transmitter for garage door opener
- Cargo Luggage Shade (in Coupe)
- Cargo net
- All Access Package with 12 months trial subscription
- 10-Speaker Bose Centrepoint Surround Sound System
- Memory Package
- Inclination and interior movement sensors
- Interior trim, seats, console, door armrests and
- instrument panel brow in interior color
- Heated and ventilated driver and passenger seats
- Power driver and passenger side bolsters and lumbar control
2019 Corvette Grand Sport 3LT
In addition to or replacing the standard features of ‘2LT’, the ‘3LT’ includes:
- Interior trim, seats, console, door armrests and instrument panel in interior color
- Custom Leather Wrapped the interior package
- Sueded Micro-fibre wrapped Upper Interior Trim Package
- Perforated Napa Leather Seating Surfaces
- Chevrolet Infotainment System with Navigation and 8″ diagonal color touch-screen display
Which 2019 Corvette Grand Sport We Recommend?
The 2019 Corvette Grand Sport in itself is a beast and no matter which trim you choose, you won’t be sacrificing with power. The difference between these trims is mainly due to the technology used and the features given. Considering this, we recommend getting the Grand Sport 2LT as it has almost all the standard features offered in the 1LT, along with a variety of advanced entertainment and infotainment features.
The strongest trait of any Corvette is its performance, and the 2019 Corvette Grand Sport splendidly flaunts it. This car comes equipped with a standard gas 6.2L LT1 V-8 engine which has a direct fuel injection system. This motor churns out 460 hp and 465 lb-ft. of torque. All the GS models come standard with 7-speed manual transmission, but the optional 8-speed automatic paddle-shift transmission for enhanced acceleration and quick shifting can opt.
The 2019 Corvette Grand Sport’s power can be felt by you as soon as your foot hits the gas pedal, and why shouldn’t it? With such immense force and swift acceleration, this car is exceptionally fun to drive and redlines at around 6600 RPM. The available 8-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission takes the performance to another level. Coupled with the Z07 performance package, the Grand Sport reaches 0-60 mph in only 3.6 seconds and covers a quarter-mile distance in under 12 seconds.
Ride & Handling
The Corvette Grand Sport has excellent driving dynamics and its ride quality is also admirable. The gear shifts are smooth and the steering wheel feels balanced and perfectly placed. The handling is also exceptional, and there is an insignificant amount of body roll. The Grand Sport brilliantly cuts corners and also manages bumps pretty well. The eLSD delivers ideal engagement for stability and high-speed control. Further, the brakes are strong, responsive and quickly stop the car even in no time.
The Brembo front and rear aluminum performance brakes are efficient, and the antilock technology reduces wheel lockup and maintains control during hard braking on slippery surfaces. The front brakes are 6-piston monobloc fixed calipers with steel rotors measuring 14.6 inches, while at the rear there are the 4-piston calipers with steel rotors measuring 14.4 inches. The Brembo Carbon ceramic antilock brakes are also available for enhanced braking.
Fuel Economy (MPG)
The fuel economy is not a strong point for this car. Most of its rivals offer a better number. The Corvette has a fuel tank capacity of 18.5 gal. and the estimated fuel economy in the city is 16.0 MPG, while that on the highway is 25.0 MPG.
2019 Corvette Grand Sport Interior
The interior of the new Corvette Grand Sport is impeccably crafted and takes the overall driving experience to a whole new level. The materials used in the cabin are upscale and premium. For a sports car, and the Grand Sport boasts of comfortable seats, ample room for the occupants and adequate luxury to offer a plush experience to them.
There is no dearth of advanced technological features in this car. Every trim equips dual-zone automatic climate control with dedicated passenger controls and outside temperature display as well. An air filtration system is also standard in all the trims. There is the Color HUD, which shows important information to the driver. Further, the Driver Information Centre gives details like fuel information, vehicle information, vehicle settings, etc., and comes with an 8-inch color diagonal display. The standard electronic cruise control is of great use. There is also a passenger assist handle on the center console. Apart from power windows, you also get a push-button hatch/trunk release with clinching latch.
How are those seats like?
In terms of comfort, the 2019 Corvette Grand Sports has been engineered perfectly not only to give the feel of a sports car on a track but also a comfortable feel while on city roads. Both the driver’s as well as the passenger’s seats are spacious, comfortable and offer a good amount of support and bolstering.
The GT bucket seats come in either Mulan leather upholstery, in the 1LT and 2LT, or are wrapped with perforated Napa leather, in the 3LT. The seats are 8-way power-adjustable. The 2LT and 3LT models have standard heated and vented seats along with power bolsters and power lumbar adjusters. Another interesting feature in these two trims is the Memory package, that remembers the settings of the seat adjustments, outside mirrors, and tilt/telescoping steering column, from the previous usage.
2019 Corvette Grand Sport Infotainment
The 2019 Corvette Grand Sport is equipped with Chevrolet’s Infotainment System, which is pretty smooth, efficient and is easy to use. The infotainment system is consists of an 8-inch diagonal color display. The hand gesture recognition and voice recognition capabilities of the infotainment are quite useful as it enables hands-free operation. The system also equips both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Features like Sirius XM Radio and OnStar are also present. The Sirius XM package comes in a 3-month trial subscription in the 1LT and with a 12-month trial subscription in the other trims.
Other features of the infotainment system include:
- Bluetooth Wireless technology and Audio streaming
- 9-speaker Bose Audio System (in 1LT) or a 10-speaker Bose Centrepoint Surround System
- Built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi, including data for 1-month or 3GB
- Navigation system in the 3LT model
- OnStar and Chevrolet Connected Services
- 3 USB ports
- Auxiliary Input
The interior of the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport feels posh and looks well-crafted. All the hi-tech features provided as standard are quite advanced and necessary. Where the Grand Sport lacks a bit is the number of driver aid options on offer.
How much will the 2019 Corvette Grand Sport cost?
The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport may come at a price in the range of $66,995 to $76,740, but the true cost to own the vehicle is much higher. The approximate Ownership Cost for owning the Grand Sport 1LT for five years may be shown as below:
|CRITERIA||Year 1||Year 2||Year 3||Year 4||Year 5||Total|
|True Cost to Own||$10,898||$5,294||$4,837||$6,682||$4,202||$31,913|
Over and above the ownership cost, is added to the Depreciation Cost of the car over the five years. The depreciation of the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport 1LT, based on the five-year estimate with 15000 miles driven per year, is around $25,102.
2019 Corvette Grand Sport Competition
The luxury sports car segment nowadays has a stiff competition among the cars present. The 2019 Corvette Grand Sport is surely placed in the top half of the list but faces fierce competition from some of its rivals. To name a few, Porsche 911 Carrera S, Audi R8 and Mercedes Benz AMG GT are its closest rivals.
2019 Corvette Grand Sport VS 2019 Audi R8
When compared to Audi R8, which is priced at around $171,150, the Corvette is available at half of its price and this difference doesn’t make the Vette an inferior car. The Corvette comes with a 6.2L LT1 V8 engine producing 460 horsepower and 465 lb-ft. of torque, while the Audi is equipped with a 5.2L V-10 engine that produces 570 horsepower and a 406 lb-ft. of torque. The Corvette accelerated from 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds, while the Audi does so in just about 3.2 seconds. Dimension wise, both the cars are almost similar in size. The standard features in both are also similar. But the Audi is ahead in terms of advanced tech features and on offer.
2019 Corvette Grand Sport VS 2019 Porsche 911
Porsche’s 911 is an iconic car that is known for its comfortable cabin, dynamics, and performance. But when compared to the Vette, it lies on the expensive side. Porsche has a better fuel economy than the Corvette, and it seats four persons while the Corvette accommodates 2. The Porsche has a 3.0L Twin Turbo H-6 engine producing 331 lb-ft. of torque and 370 hp. The 911 has an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, while the Corvette comes with the 7-speed manual transmission, although an 8-speed paddle-shift automatic is available. Considering the performance and smooth handling of the Corvette, along with its price, the 911 does not pose much threat to it.
2019 Corvette Grand Sport VS 2019 Mercedes AMG GT
Mercedes Benz’s AMG GT is a promising car in the segment and has a strong record of accomplishments. It comes in the price range of $124,400 to $157,000, and thus is expensive than the Corvette Grand Sport. The AMG GT has a better fuel economy than the Grand Sport. The Corvette offers a spacious cabin through the cabin of the latter feels a lot more refined than the former’s.
Though the AMG GT is in itself an extremely powerful car, the performance and power of the Corvette are difficult to be taken on. The AMG GT, overall, is one of the most impressive cars on the market but if budget is what limits you from going further, then the Corvette is a great choice to make.
What We Think About the 2019 Corvette Grand Sport?
The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport is a complete car in itself, with its high-performance engine, luxurious interiors, and aggressive looks. Laden with advanced features and technologies, this Vette has everything that one needs to make every drive smooth and enjoyable, be it on a track or on city roads. Overall, the Corvette Grand Sport is probably the perfect and a suitable car for all those who are looking for a sports car with daily driving capabilities, without leaping into the brutal 600-plus horsepower segment of the Corvette.
Keshav Katyal is a person who is an admirer of everything with an engine, and especially when it comes to the American muscle and Japanese imports. He drives his ’10 Chevrolet Cobalt SS. During his leisure time, he loves playing with Legos or just reading about upcoming cars and bikes or just working on his ride in the garage.