It’s been known for quite some time that General Motors has had plans to release a hybrid version of their newly redesigned mid-engine C8 with the possible name of Zora.
The name may be chosen due to Zora Arkus-Duntov who has been nicknamed the “Father of the Corvette.” Despite some people being upset that the Corvette has gone from front-engine rear-wheel-drive to mid-engine rear-wheel drive, it was Zora’s dream and he is looking down on his dreams finally coming true.
What most didn’t know was coming was that General Motors will produce a fully electric Chevrolet Corvette. GM President Mark Reuss announced this in a LinkedIn post just recently. Reuss didn’t say when the electric Corvette would come, but a hybrid model will come sooner than we think. Reuss has stated that they will offer the hybrid version of the Corvette as early as next year. A video was posted to Twitter that looked to showcase what appeared to be the hybrid Corvette that has been in the works. When the Hybrid version comes out, the motor/motors will be implemented to the front and in the video for the first time ever for a Corvette, General as it’s trying to propel through the snowy terrain.
All Corvettes produced by the company previously have been rear-wheel-drive only. The hybrid Corvette will be based on the current generation of the car, and it’s still not clear if the all-electric version will be a variation of this car or a completely different future model, so we will keep our eyes open for new information.
General Motors will continue to manufacture traditional models with internal combustion engines alongside the electrified models. There have been leaks for quite some time that the Hybrid version will be in the 1,000hp-plus range, but power ratings for the all-electric version haven’t been discussed.
The Corvette is only available in the base Stingray version with a 6.2-liter V8 engine producing up to 495 horsepower, and a 670 horsepower Corvette Zo6 with a 5.5-liter V8 was unveiled last fall that is set to be the highest horsepower naturally aspirated production motor, unlike the previous generation Zo6, which came equipped with a 755-horsepower supercharged version.
Besides saving gas, hybrid systems are more responsive and allow for more of an instant acceleration when compared to internal combustion engines
GM has announced plans to exclusively sell electric vehicles by 2035. The company is in the process of releasing 30 new EVs globally by 2025. We expect the Corvette EV to cost a lot more than the gas-powered base model’s $62,195 starting price. We also expect the hybrid version to start at a $100,000 price tag.