Monday, January 30, 2023
News C8 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Hybrid Rumours Have Turned Into A Potential Reality

C8 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Hybrid Rumours Have Turned Into A Potential Reality

The next super-powered Chevy Corvette ZR1 will be a 900-horsepower AWD hybrid

  • 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.

Chevrolet Corvette C8.R | Photo: Chevrolet

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
2020 Corvette Stingray| Photo: Chevrolet

2020 Corvette Stingray| Photo: Chevrolet

Chevrolet Corvette C8.R | Photo: Chevrolet

Trending Now

A Canadian Made a Three Month, 15,700-kilometer Road Trip in an Electric Car

Patrick Nadeau, From Disraeli (QC), drove from his home to Mexico and back. His car is a Hyundai IONIQ 5 Long Range RWD. ...

Updates Give the 2024 Polestar 2 More Range and More Power

The Single Motor version is now RWD instead of FWD and it offers up to 483 kilometres of range. Sustainability improvements have reduced...

Most Popular Cars in the United States in 2022

The Ford F-Series dominates the list of the most popular cars in the United States in 2022. Strong sales gains for Tesla Model...

Honda Wants to Catch up to Rival EVs by Creating a New Division

The automaker will consolidate its electrification strategy for all of its vehicle development programs on April 1st. Honda will also combine its six...

Alfa Romeo Plans to Have a Larger Electric Model in the US by 2027

This upcoming model will be larger than the Giulia and Stelvio. The brand has yet to say if it will be an SUV...
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.