- The ZR1 will be an AWD hybrid
- The car will likely feature a front-mounted electric motor
- Total system output will be of no less than 900-horsepower
- It will be the most powerful production Corvette ever
When the stories about the next-generation C8 Chevrolet Corvette swirled about on the internet, some involved a possible electrified hybrid version which would sit at the very top of the C8’s trim hierarchy. As of now, it seems as though the next ZR1 edition of the new Corvette will be a 900-horsepower AWD hybrid.
According to Motor Trend sources, the future C8 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 will start off as a Z06, which will get a street-version of the C8.R’s twin-turbo flat-plane-crank dual-overhead-camshaft V8 engine. Displacement and exact output has not been confirmed but it is said to vary between the Cadillac 4.2-litre Blackwing V8 and up to 5.5 litres.
Assisting the V8 will be a battery pack, likely wedged between the engine and the cabin, in the firewall, and some electric motors. One could potentially be integrated within the transmission while another could be positioned up-front in the “frunk.” This recipe is not foreign as it replicated the Porsche 918’s, Ferrari LaFerrari’s, and Acura NSX’s layout.
As we know, this configuration provides an incredible level of flexibility, from brief 100% electric motivation (in revers for example), to true front-wheel torque vectoring when the going gets fast. The addition of all these components will drastically increase the C8 Corvette’s kerb-weight which explains in part the projected 900-horsepower output.
Clearly, the hybridization of the C8 Corvette has nothing to do with efficiency but we suspect that the ZR1 will efficiently launch itself to 100km/h in the low-2s with little effort.
No details on when the car will come but this one might also become the most expensive Corvette ever at well over $150,000 to start, which will still make it an insane bargain.