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.
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.