Chevrolet stunned the world earlier this week with the reveal of the mid-engined 2020 Corvette Stingray, but perhaps the biggest shock is that the company hasn’t talked about an electrified variant. While there’s been no official word on an electron-packing C8, rumors say it’s coming.
A new report citing sources working on the C8 project confirms General Motors will roll out electrified variants of the new Corvette. The source states GM is considering everything from a mild hybrid to a full battery-electric variant. While a battery-electric version seems the least likely of all the choices, both mild and plug-in hybrids seem to make a lot of sense.
Thus far Chevy isn’t saying much about the topic. GM President Mark Reuss has confirmed the Corvette’s new mid-engine architecture is capable of supporting a wide range of electrification options, but declined to offer details.
Reuss added on to his answer to the electrification question by simply saying, “Stay tuned.”
Given the base car is packing a 495 horsepower V-8 that can propel the C8 Corvette to 60 mph in under 3.0 seconds, electrification obviously isn’t needed to give this car additional performance, but GM will likely want to prove a point here- it’s just a matter of when.