General Motors has big plans for the C8 Chevrolet Corvette and will be releasing two hybrid-electric models with all-wheel drive, one of which will have approximately 1,000 horsepower, a new report from GM Authority claims.
Besides shining some light on possible specs and engines for the C8 (eighth-generation) Grand Sport, Z06, and ZR1 models we already knew were coming, the report says the two new hybrid variants will be called the Corvette E-Ray and the Corvette Zora, which will be the highest-performing flagship model of the lineup. The Zora name was floating around trademark applications long before the new Stingray debuted and many speculated that the first mid-engined Corvette would be called the Zora. Zora Arkus-Duntov was the engineer who pioneered the concept of a mid-engined Corvette in the 1960s and is considered the “Father of the Corvette.”
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It’s interesting that the report, which cites insider sources, notes that only the AWD versions will be hybrids, which means that a battery is likely to drive the front axles on those models. So far, all Corvettes have been rear-wheel drive, so the upcoming AWD C8 models will mark more firsts for the longstanding sports car. Besides being the first-ever Corvette hybrid, the C8 is also the first one to use a mid-engine layout and to come exclusively with an automatic transmission.
The report says the Corvette E-Ray will use the current 6.2L V8 that, combined with the hybrid system, will output approximately 600 hp and 575 lb-ft of torque. The report claims the Zora will be powered by a 5.5L twin-turbo V8 and a hybrid electric system to output about 1,000 hp and 1,000 lb-ft of torque, which is stratospheric, bringing the American horsepower wars to a whole new level.
The timing and arrivals for the upcoming Corvette models are still unknown, as is common due to the uncertainty caused by COVID-19 and its effects on automobile manufacturing.