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GM has not ruled out start-stop technology on the current Corvette, perhaps as early as the 2016 model year -- when increasingly stringent EPA fuel economy standards are coming. However, a hybrid 2020 C8 Corvette? Some think so, especially with some competitors, admittedly in the approximate $1,000,000 range (e.g. 918 Porsche, McLaren P1), successfully using that technology. A made in USA, traditionally V8 powered, "American's sports car" eighth-generation Corvette?


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The Detroit Free Press ran a story last week focusing on company morale at General Motors post-recall crisis. Mark Reuss said morale within the company is up from 2012 despite the onslaught of controversy they have dealt with in recent months, but in the very last paragraph of the story was another interesting piece of information.
Reuss told the Free Press the company has already begun work on the next-generation Chevrolet Corvette. The most recent variation of the sportscar, which has seen tremendous success since its launch last year, is more efficient than iterations before it, able to achieve up to 30 MPG on the highway. However the company may be searching for even greater efficiency with the next car, possibly by using electric or hybrid technology.

The idea of an electronically-assisted ‘Vette may seem farfetched to some, but Reuss didn’t rule it out when asked. Hybrid supercars like the McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 have shown automakers what kind of performance and fuel efficiency can be achieved with alternative energy powertrains. The two can even travel around on electricity only, an idea some Corvette customers might find appealing. Electronic motors can also “fill” the gap in torque left by gasoline engines, providing a consistent surge of torque throughout the entire rev range.

Of course there may be Corvette purists who wouldn’t warm up to the idea of an electric version of their favorite car. But if it will offer additional performance, reduce fuel consumption and help keep the Corvette relevant in a market with rapidly advancing technology, they may change their minds.

Read more: Hybrid Corvette Potentially On The Horizon | GM Authority
 

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I def can see this....you need to get the stereotype "hybrid" concept out of your brain...the offerings in the supercar arena are not like the Prius, they are ROCKETS...The Porsche is simply scary fast...People forget that super torque avail at zero rpm yields blinding fast take offs...the little all electric BMW i3, def a commuter car, is the fastest car BMW makes from 0-30 mph....
 

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Going hybrid a few years from now could be as simple as an electric motors inside each front wheel. Need not be an expensive system a la the above cited super cars. Comparatively low cost and could give the Corvette all wheel drive when in use.
 

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Going hybrid a few years from now could be as simple as an electric motors inside each front wheel. Need not be an expensive system a la the above cited super cars. Comparatively low cost and could give the Corvette all wheel drive when in use.
Yep, it's simply a matter of time for a hybrid version. Gotta love that electric motor torque delivery.

Eventually we'll see a fully-electric Vette - as battery tech and prices are driven down (Giga-Factory) and electric propulsion competes favorably with oil/gasoline (as fossil-fuel prices continue to escalate).

As Tesla has shown us, you can have 400+ HP and get around 100 MPGe.

For people like me who produce all their own electricity (I have a 6kW roof mounted and grid-tied solar array), electric vehicles are welcome (good performing electric vehicles!).
 
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Hybrid variant for C8 Corvette

Saw the news and discussion today that GM is considering putting a hybrid powertrain into the next-gen C8 Corvette, looks like the information is from the GM management, so it should be legit.

Insider news about GM leaked today indicates the next generation of Corvette (termed C8), may has an option of hybrid powertrain...

For this news about C8 Corvette, Mark Reuss, EVP of GM Global Product Development, confirmed to media today that GM is considering the hybrid variant, but the plan is not finalized yet.
If this plan is green-lighted, what do you think it will be positioned? As the next ZR1 trim?
 

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Good story from TorqueNews here.

Nothing is known about the 8th generation Chevrolet Corvette, but word on the street is that a hybrid assist system – at least as an option – is not currently out of the question. While it seems absurd that the ultimate American sports car would pack a hybrid assist system behind the familiar American V8, the increasing number of ultra high performance hybrid systems makes me think otherwise.
C8 Chevrolet Corvette Development Already Underway - Maybe as a Hybrid - Torque News
 

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What ever GM does with the C8 Corvettes, it must be kept within the budgets of middle class American and Canadians. At the moment they have managed to do just that and if they wonder from those guide lines they will put themselves at risk of loosing a large share of the customer base no matter what the engine specs are. To me half of the thrill of driving the Vette is the great sound it makes and in an electric version this would dissappear. So Sad!!

eg: The Volt is supposed to be a new version of a commuter car but it is priced so high that only upper middle class and the rich can afford it and they are for the most part, not all that interested in it. So, sales are as anticipated, sluggish in most arenas. How many ELR Cadillacs do you see around?. Great looking car but no fun and an investment in todays market must be fun as well as smart.
 

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Going hybrid a few years from now could be as simple as an electric motors inside each front wheel. Need not be an expensive system a la the above cited super cars. Comparatively low cost and could give the Corvette all wheel drive when in use.
Just saw an article today about the $1.4M Ferrari La Ferrari with a 789 hp DOHC V12 coupled with a 161 hp Magneti Marelli electric motor attached to the back of the gearbox via a gearset
 

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When and If this ever happens into production we will see the Death of the Corvette. no battery or any known fuel is ready to replace Gas.
 

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Lets look at a competitor of the corvette for 2016. The AWD hybrids in both the GTR and NSX both of which are rumored to cost $105-150 depending on configuration (street or track). The next gen corvette could be offered in several different power choices. Advances in supercharging and turbo power have been accelerating and by 2020 twin turbo V6 offerings can achieve 500 plus hp and 35 mpg or more. A smaller V8 with electric hybrid power could also generate high hp and torque similar to the future plans laid out by Ferrari. The current 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C has a full carbon fiber tub and aluminum frame with a base price $53k which is amazing considering anything in carbon fiber costs upward of 1/2 million or more. I don't believe a mid engine would be cost effective if the C8 is to be priced at $70k base. Time will tell but don't leave anything off the table. Who would have ever thought the 5.8 liter GT500 hp at 662 would be toppled by the new Dodge SRT Hellcat at 707? Ford came Dodge came and took over and now its GMs turn to wow us the corvette faithful.
 

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As battery technology improves so will the number of performance cars using them. I for one look forward to the possibilities. Death of the Corvette? I think not!
 

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Like it or not, this is the wave of the future. I have faith that the GM designers & engineers can do it. Just look at what they did with the C-7.
 
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