Top-Down Trip 8

Summer is meant to be enjoyed in a convertible. With the top back and the wind whipping, the outdoors flies by in a beautiful blur of color. Slow down, and everything—from the hot blacktop to the faded blue sky—comes into sharp focus. There’s no vehicle in which you can enjoy the sights of the great outdoors like a convertible, and there’s no convertible like a Corvette.

64 years ago, Chevrolet released a new kind of car in the form of the Corvette. 300 were released, and they left a permanent mark on the face of the American car industry.

The 2017 Corvette Grand Sport pays tribute to its storied heritage. The distinctive design package is a subtle nod to its earliest roots and the racing years that followed. With a lightweight architecture, track-honed aerodynamics, customizable Michelin tires and a naturally aspirated engine, this is a race car made for the road. The speedster can jump from 0 to 60 in 3.6 seconds, so the wind will be whipping through your hair in no time.

“We didn’t hold back with the new Grand Sport,” says Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer. “For the first time, buyers can equip the Grand Sport with a Z07 performance package—which adds carbon-ceramic brakes, Michelin Sport Cup 2 summer tires, and carbon-fiber aero package that delivers true downforce.”

Performance ability is priority, but you want to look good, too—and this car certainly does. The Corvette Grand Sport features specific front fender inserts, a Z06-style grille and wider rear fenders that embody that track-ready sass we associate with a Corvette.

Of course the Corvette Grand Sport also offers all the luxurious features we’ve come to expect from a such a sophisticated vehicle, and then some. A modern display features Chevrolet MyLink with an 8-inch-diagonal color touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and the five-position Drive Mode Selector adjusts the driver’s experience to suit their environment. You’re covered on the safety side, too, with standard rear-view cameras and electronic stability control.

Roll the top back, don your sunglasses, and hit the road. Nature awaits.