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C8 Corvette E-Ray Hybrid is an upcoming project from Chevy which has been a rumor for a long time but not anymore. With recent spy shots of a C8 Corvette undergoing testing, it looks like the official announcement is coming soon.
Why Do We think it’s the Hybrid Version?
I could be wrong here, but I’m also pretty sure it’s a hybrid Corvette C8 as you can see the charging harness on the hood protruding from the front cargo cover. Apart from the cables, there are no changes in the exterior which are visible to us from over the cover. We believe that the E-Ray Hybrid C8 will come alongside the Corvette Stingray with the optional Z51 performance package.
2020 C8 Corvette Hybrid Pictures
How powerful is the Hybrid Mechanism?
The E-Ray is expected to work alongside the 2020 Corvette with the Z51 performance package. The hybrid system is powered by an electric drive unit which will be placed in the front cargo area with four batteries(each 1.94 kWh) powering it up. Just like other hybrid vehicles, this Corvette C8 hybrid will get an increase in the power output with the help of the hybrid system. This hybrid system is expected to reach the peak output of 85 kWh (115 HP) and 111 pound-feet torque. Another rumor about this system is that the electric motor will be able to spin up to 16,000 RPM.
The hybrid will be fitted alongside the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 gas engine (490 HP) which powers the C8 generation of Corvette. Together combined, these two can produce up to 600 HP, which will improve performance even more. Chevy’s move to improve performance rather than efficiency comes as a very bold move in the automotive industry.
That’s Not All!
There’s been another rumor of a Corvette Zora which will get a very high-performance drivetrain consisting of a twin-turbo 5.5L V8 DOHC engine and AWD, and it could easily reach the 1000 HP mark. Yet it remains to be confirmed by GM so just like you we are also waiting for this rumor to get approved.
When Will Chevy launch the 2020 Corvette C8 Hybrid?
The Hybrid C8 is expected to launch in late 2020 or early 2021, and it is expected to be available as both Coupe and hard-top convertible.