GM filed a trademark application for “Corvette Grand Sport” last week.
The Corvette Grand Sport could sit between the Stingray and the Z06.
Over the generations, the Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport has been recognized as one of the best-driving most focused versions of America’s sports car. The last to bear the moniker was the C7 which arguably was the most involving iteration of the last front-engined Corvette.
It’s been recently discovered that General Motors has applied to once more trademark the name with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). It was filed under the Nice Class 12 for motor land vehicles, also known as automobiles.
What’s unclear at this point is whether or not General Motors and Chevrolet are planning to reinstate the name for an upcoming version of the C8 Corvette or are simply protecting their intellectual property as suggested by autoevolution.
It’s been suggested that the E-Ray AWD hybrid Corvette was earmarked as the Grand Sport’s replacement for the C8 generation car. As we know, the “E-Ray” name has also been put on a patent application thus creating some confusion.
If anything, the 8th generation Corvette would not be harmed by the addition of yet another trim. We’d forgive, nay encourage GM to introduce a full-ICE Grand Sport to sit between the Stingray and E-Ray because they can and should.