Mid-engined Corvettes have been mused since the 1960s, when Chevrolet showed concept cars with the engine behind the seats instead of under the hood. It has actually been planned for production twice, and killed both times.
The original Corvette Grand Sports stalked racetracks in the 1960s, but the name went dormant until it was revived in 1996 for the final year of the C4-generation Corvette. With a 30-hp bump over stock and the wider wheels and tires of the mighty ZR-1—and the bulging fenders to match—that Grand Sport also sported a pair of fender hash stripes like those on the original race car, and it established the blueprint for production Grand Sport models going forward. For 2010, Chevrolet created another Grand Sport around the sixth-generation Corvette using the suspension and wider rolling stock from the Z06. And nowthe seventh-generation Corvette gains a Grand Sport option this summer for the 2017 model year.