New Chevrolet Corvette Hybrid set for 2023 debut

The first-ever electrified Chevrolet Corvette has been spied at the Nurburgring

The Chevrolet Corvette is one of the world’s most iconic car names and is synonymous with a naturally-aspirated V8 powertrain, but now the American firm is working towards a hybrid variant. We’ve caught the upcoming electric Corvette testing on German public roads. 

The latest eighth-generation C8 Corvette has already caused plenty of controversy among Corvette enthusiasts due to its use of a mid-engined platform, where the American muscle car has been front-engined throughout its life. These latest spy shots show us the hybrid version is well underway, just as well considering we first saw it testing over two years ago. 

We’re expecting the new hybrid Corvette to gain a new moniker too. Chevrolet trademarked the name ‘E-Ray’ back in 2015, which would suit this new electrified model. With Chevrolet’s parent company General Motors planning to go all-electric by 2035, the E-Ray name could also be reserved for a fully-electric Corvette. 

Earlier this year, Mark Reuss made a statement on Linkedin about electrified Corvettes, saying, “we will offer an electrified and a fully electric, Ultium-based Corvette in the future. In fact, we will offer an electrified Corvette as early as next year. Details and names to come at a later date.”

The C8 Corvette was launched with a 6.2-litre naturally aspirated V8 producing 495bhp and 637Nm torque and the upcoming Z06 model will use a 5.5-litre V8 with 670bhp and 624Nm of torque (which makes it the most powerful naturally-aspirated V8 production engine in the world right now). 

It’s unclear which engine the hybrid model will be paired with, but to avoid undermining the Z06’s position as the most powerful Corvette, the 6.2-litre V8 would be a better fit. As for the drivetrain, the hybrid system is likely to send power to the front axle only, creating the first all-wheel drive Corvette. A plug-in hybrid system is possible too, which could allow for electric-only range. 

As for this spied prototype, enthusiasts should be reassured by the testing taking place at the Nurburgring, suggesting Chevrolet is still placing driver involvement as the number one priority. The front bumper looks to be a unique design for the hybrid and towards the rear we see the same quad-tailpipe set up as the Stingray model. The alloy wheels haven’t been seen on a Corvette model yet. 

Judging by these images, we could see the hybrid Corvette going on sale shortly after it’s revealed next year.

Now check out our review of the new Porsche 911 Sport Classic

Recommended

Best new cars coming in 2022
Best new cars coming in 2022 - header image
Best cars & vans

Best new cars coming in 2022

From electric crossovers to hatchbacks, these are the new models set for debut in 2022
28 Jul 2022
New Bentley Continental GT Mulliner flagship model joins the range
Bentley Continental GT Mulliner - front tracking
News

New Bentley Continental GT Mulliner flagship model joins the range

The Mulliner version of Bentley’s Continental GT sits at the top of the luxury car’s range
21 Jun 2022
2022 BMW M2 will be last M car without electrification
BMW M2.
News

2022 BMW M2 will be last M car without electrification

The second-generation BMW M2 will use turbocharged straight-six from the M3
9 Jun 2022
Nissan Qashqai updated for 2022 with design tweaks and extra equipment
2022 updated Nissan Qashqai - front
News

Nissan Qashqai updated for 2022 with design tweaks and extra equipment

A raft of small revisions bring Nissan’s crossover into line with brand’s latest design themes
6 Jun 2022

Most Popular

New 2025 Land Rover Discovery set for luxury reinvention
Land Rover Discovery - front (watermarked)
News

New 2025 Land Rover Discovery set for luxury reinvention

The Land Rover Discovery nameplate could spawn a family of models like the Defender
4 Aug 2022
New Mercedes EQE 350+ 2022 review
Mercedes EQE 350 - front
Road tests

New Mercedes EQE 350+ 2022 review

The new Mercedes EQE electric executive car tackles British roads for the first time
5 Aug 2022
“Volkswagen, SEAT and Skoda cars are just too similar”
Opinion - VW and Skoda
Opinion

“Volkswagen, SEAT and Skoda cars are just too similar”

Mike Rutherford thinks Volkswagen, SEAT and Skoda need to target different audiences if they are to be successful in the future
7 Aug 2022