Hybrid And Plug-In Hybrid To Follow C8 Corvette Stingray

The new, mid-engined C8 Corvette signifies the most radical shift in the model’s history, but more novelties are on their way.

The new generation Corvette will launch with a naturally aspirated, 495hp 6.2-liter V8 in the Stingray, but GM is planning to add electrified powertrains to the range in the near future.

Sources from within GM have confirmed to Autocar that both the LT2 engine and the new chassis have been designed with electrification in mind. Company insiders suggested that future versions of the C8 will include mild- and plug-in hybrid versions, with GM even considering a full electric version.

Also Read: 2020 Corvette C8 Is America’s Mid-Engine Sports Car For The Masses

When asked if an electrified Corvette could feature a mild-hybrid system or a proper electric motor on the front axle to provide all-wheel drive, an unnamed project member simply said “you would not look stupid if you said that.”

GM President Mark Reuss confirmed that the platform of the new ‘Vette has been indeed designed to host a number of different solutions.

“The company is committed to a strategy of 0-0-0: zero emissions, zero crashes and zero congestion. All of the technology rolling into this vehicle is meant to support that. This platform can carry a lot of different things into the future for General Motors.”

His answer on whether The General is actually working on a full-electric version of the C8 Corvette was more non-committal: “We’ll see. Stay tuned.”

The future for the C8 Corvette looks pretty bright, especially when you consider that GM plans to offer the base model at under $60,000, which, if it drives as it should, will make it the best bang for your buck in the sports (and super) car market – bar none.

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  • Aqua Boogie

    C8scoops? Never mind. I like the thought of (P)HEV Corvettes. China, Japan and the UK will embrace it.

    • Dude

      The US will probably like it too since they’ll probably go the Panamera route of making the hybrid the faster version of the car. Plus, no matter the kind of car you still get a tax credit for buying a hybrid

  • 2PacOfCarscoop

    why would anybody buy a v8 in 2019? Electric is the way, don’t destroy our beautiful earth!

    • Mr. EP9

      Fine, I’ll buy a V8 diesel and roll coal.

    • Aqua Boogie

      We did for 100 plus years. Part of evolution. Transition to full electric: 5-15 years. A nanosecond in evolution. But you are right, the sooner, the better.

    • LJ

      Because they’re awesome.

    • Bo Hanan

      “Real” car enthusiast still like NA V8 engines. Thank God Chevy didn’t forget that.
      -and why are you on this blog???

      • 2PacOfCarscoop

        Ya, Why i’m I here. Great question… Truth to be told, Tumblr is kinda dead and Buzzfeed have for some reason disable the comment section…

        • Bo Hanan

          You on the wrong blog to be talking that greenpeace stuff. You also might need to get security to escort you off the internet- for your own safety…. (smile)

          • Ben

            Tell em’ Bo Hanan, TELL EM’!!!!

          • danwat1234

            Electric motor can aid the engine to enhance the HP and torque curve, bring AWD, fuel savings negates higher MSRP and u actually have an option of not waking ur neighbors

    • Ben

      ChefBoyardeeOfCarScoops, keep stirring the pot!

    • TheAmerican2point0

      I’ll happily roal coll on your city boy electric car.

      • Sprocket

        Good luck catching me!

    • Robert

      You smug electric car people are the new annoying Vegans…boring. And since you seem to believe electric propulsion is completely harmless to the environment with your shortsighted “beautiful earth” comment, were do think the precious metals to create those huge battery packs come from? Plants and unicorn kisses?

      • 2PacOfCarscoop

        What do you mean by unicorn kisses? Is that some kind of threat ?

        • TheAmerican2point0

          Only someone with that profile pic would see that as a threat

          • 2PacOfCarscoop

            Tania Safi, she’s a true hero…

    • bd0007

      Putting aside that GM has a whole swathe of BEVs in development, there isn’t enough battery manufacturing, much less raw materials, to supply an entirely BEV auto sales, much less even a 10th of that.

  • caddy45

    Fantastic. Now please bring out the Cadillac variant soon with the hybrid and plug-in option as well (need some sort of spiritual successor to the ELR / XLR).

  • Racerboy

    You really need to get over this “best bang for the buck” B. S. Corvette is a stunning sports car… PERIOD.

  • john1168

    Question: The n/a 6.2 V8 Z51 will do 0 to 60 in under 3.0 seconds, might do the quarter mile in 11 seconds (give or take) and may have a top speed of lets say over 180 mph, all with 490hp. How fast do we think the 800hp and 1000+hp hybrid version will go???

  • joseph kopacz

    Not now, don’t like the look, but tech sure sounds exciting … maybe it’ll grow on me. My Model S/P85 and C6 GS convertible will do me for the next 3 years will do

  • Dennis Scipio

    the new corvette looks… okay, i guess. I’m not really into sports cars as much as i used to be.

    • MayTheBestCarWin05

      They’re under the upper edge of the carbon door blade thing.

  • I really wanna love the C8… We’ve waited so many years for it to materialize… But as long as it looks like an upgraded Camaro (especially from the back), I just can’t get on board.

  • BJPHIO

    Freaken beautiful!!!

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