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2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport is a Stingray with Z06 fortifications (pictures)

Chevrolet's Corvette lineup has a new naturally aspirated hero, with 460 horsepower and lots of track-ready performance bits.

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The 2017 Grand Sport was something of a surprise reveal. It will live in the white space between the standard Corvette Stingray and the Corvette Z06.

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Here's a closer look at the Z07 package's aggressive front splitter.

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Grand Sports will most easily be spotted on the street by their fender hash marks.

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This car is fitted with the Z07 package's optional carbon ceramic Brembo brakes.

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Four Howitzer-like exhaust trumpets protrude from the rear diffuser.

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The Stingray's much-improved, driver-focused interior is reprised here with a few GS-related tweaks, especially models like this Special Edition.

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A thick-rimmed wheel with suede-like grips and a flat bottom keeps the GS pointed where you want to go.

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Subtle and not-so-subtle "Grand Sport" badging can be found throughout this new model.

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The Special Edition model's Tension Blue interior highlights are likely to be an acquired taste.

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This example is fitted with an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. A seven-speed manual is also available.

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Note the nostalgic plan-view crest in the competition seats' headrests on this special edition.

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These seats not only feature two-tone materials, the backrests also have large slots for five-point racing harnesses.

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The C7's range of supportive seats are a welcome change from those of the previous-generation Corvette.

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6.2-liters of naturally aspirate fury live underhood.

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"Grand Sport" and the Corvette's checkered flag emblem are proudly -- and loudly -- displayed on the sound and heat-absorbing under-hood blanket.

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The Corvette Grand Sport's cargo area may be a bit shallow in terms of depth, but it's wider, and deeper in length than most sports car.

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