Electricity is in the future of the Corvette. This has yet to be 100% confirmed, but Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter took us to 99% last December when he said the automaker was “finally getting there” with regard to zero emission vehicles. Now a new rumor from GM-Trucks claims to have inside information about a stepping stone for this zero-emission route, specifically relating to the Corvette.
Current rumor indicates that 2023 will be the year the Corvette C8 receives an electric boost. It won’t be fully electric, however – it will come in the form of electric motors driving the front wheels to give the Vette its very first all-wheel drive setup. Oddly, the report claims that Chevrolet will not call the feature a hybrid, but rather an eAWD option available on Stingray models.
It is not known whether one or two electric motors will be used, and it is also not known whether the car will be a plug-in model with an electric mode only for short trips without a gasoline engine. If this report is correct, it suggests that GM wants to mark the option as a performance improvement as opposed to anything that involves efficiency. Apparently in Corvette circles, hybrid is a four letter word.
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The information would come from internal GM documents. As such, we cannot independently verify the information, and the automaker is certainly not speaking. However, we can say that this new rumor is supported by the previous reports that we have heard about the plans for the electric Corvette. In April 2020, Hagerty claims to have a production preview of the Corvette, which included a hybrid model landing in 2023.
Details of the setup were not known other than that would include the 6.2-liter LT2 V8 with electric power to develop 600 horsepower. It certainly looks like a Stingray with optional electric motors, although this report also makes it clear that it would be a hybrid model bearing the Grand Sport branding. Aside from the model name and hybrid talk, the latest rumor is very tidy match for older news.
The ultimate Corvette C8 is expected to be the Zora, and it is also said to have a power supply. Current speculation says that it will use a twin-turbocharged version of the 5.5-liter DOHC V8 for the Z06, merged with electric motors to deliver an all-wheel drive experience with 1,000 horsepower. Such a machine is not expected to arrive before 2025.