Putting a Corvette up against a Porsche 911 GT3 RS on the track seems like a ridiculous comparison, and if we were talking about 10-15 years ago that certainly would’ve been the case. But not anymore. The latest Corvette, the 2017 Grand Sport, might be the best “bang for the buck” performance sports car on the market because it has all of the performance hardware from the more track-focused Z06 model, minus the 650hp engine.
Instead, it has a 6.2L V8 that produces just 460hp, but yet still manages to lay down 0-60 times around 3.6 seconds and 11.8 if it continues through the quarter mile. The Grand Sport immediately proved itself by going out and laying down a lap time at Chevy’s Milford Road Course that was within 1 second of the sixth generation ZR1, yes the one with 638hp.
According to popular German Car Magazine, Sport Auto, they’ve taken the Grand Sport out for hot laps on the Formula One track at Hockenheim, known as Hockenheimring, and the results were quite impressive. They claim it managed to lap the short track in just 1 minute 8.7 seconds, a staggeringly quick time. How quick is that in comparison you ask? Well, they ran a Porsche 911 GT3 RS as a point of comparison, which should already tell you that this car has reached another level of performance. The GT3 RS went around the same course in just 1 minute and 8.5 seconds, that’s only two-tenths of a second faster than the Corvette.
The GT3 RS is the most hardcore track model of the 911 series, and possibly the most hardcore track car available in the Porsche lineup. It features a high-revving naturally aspirated 4.0L flat-six engine that produces 500hp which equates to a claimed 0-60 time of just 2.9 seconds and a quarter mile time of 11.1 seconds. Everything about the GT3 RS has been trimmed and lightened in one way or another to the point that even the badges on the car have been removed and replaced with stickers to save weight. So for the Grand Sport to even be in the same ballpark (let alone only two tenths behind) as the GT3 RS is a monumental achievement.
The last thing I want to mention about the comparison between these cars is the cost. A stock GT3 will cost you approximately $130,000, and if you want the RS package that’ll cost you an additional $50,000. And that’s assuming you can find one available at MSRP. Most we’ve seen for sale are going for upwards of $500,000. The Grand Sport however, comes fully equipped with all the bells and whistles you could ask for in a sports car, and you can pick one up from your local dealer for right under $70,000. So the question is, would you pay an additional $100,000 (again, we’re talking MSRP prices) for just two-tenths of a second in overall lap time? That’s literally the blink of an eye.
Here’s a video of the hot lap set in the Grand Sport. Turn up your speakers and enjoy the sound of that throaty American V8.