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Many Of The Questions Pertained To Downloadable Content

Chevrolet E-Vette Electric Chevrolet Corvette ideation sketch. A step on from the Corvette E-Ray C9 Electric
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Despite customer concerns, General Motors has committed to releasing 30 new electric vehicles globally by 2025. And while the bulk of them will be SUVs of all shapes and sizes, as well as a family of pickup trucks of varying capabilities, we’re sure that performance cars are in the mix, too. Eluding to this was a recent survey that General Motors sent to C8 Corvette customers about an “electric sport vehicle.” And it could be for the C9 Corvette. To put it another way: for an electric Corvette.

Electric Corvette EV C9 SUV GM Concept Vehicles General Motors CES EV Electric Vehicle Vehicles
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C9 Corvette: Going Electric?

A recent thread on the MidEngineCorvetteForum reveals that GM is trying to understand what Corvette owners may be interested in for future vehicles. Among the list of questions on the survey, downloadable subscription services seem to be on the table, and could include a racetrack checklist, a potential stealth mode, and battery performance optimization for track days. Subscription-based features for vehicles appear to be a popular option among car manufacturers as of late, bringing frequent updates to a vehicle’s software, which also prompts mixed feelings from customers.

Among the questions that GM asked participants, one stuck out from the others asking if they would like a silent start option for an electric vehicle, which is odd considering that electric vehicles already make little to no noise when running. Suppose that means canceling out any synthesized start-up sound effects?

C8 Corvette: Years To Go

A fully electric C9 Corvette is not expected in the near future at all from GM, and is not to be confused with the Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray, which is expected to be a performance-oriented hybrid featuring batteries and motors powering the front wheels, and an LT2 V8 handling things in the back. It’s expected in 2023 as a 2024 model year vehicle, with IVER-stage prototypes already being spotted on public roads.

MC&T reported exclusive details on the C8 Corvette E-Ray hybrid back in August. This included details on how the hybrid system will work, what tires it will be using, and if it will out run a Z06.

With GM reassigning all of the Corvette team’s leadership to the company’s EV development program, this survey may be hinting at a future Ultium Battery-powered sports car. And while it seems a little silly to think about the C9 Corvette when there’s so much life left in the C8 generation (Z06, anyone?), it’s impossible to ignore the very possible notion that today’s generation of Corvette could be the last one with a combustion engine.

Maybe this is all happening because President Biden said he’d drive an electric Corvette if GM made one.

President Joe Biden Corvette Electric EV C8 C9
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Written by Zac Quinn

Zac's love for cars started at a young age, after seeing the popular Eleanor from Gone In 60 Seconds. From there, fascination and enthusiasm blossomed and to this day the Ford Mustang remains a favorite. His first job started out detailing cars, but also provided the opportunity to work on restoration including an 1968 Ford Mustang, Pontiac Firebird, and a C3 Corvette, though he left that job before further work and experience could be had. From there, he was a detailer at a car dealership before quitting that job to try and finish college.

Much of his free time while studying was spent watching YouTube videos regarding new cars, or off-roading. 4WD247 is a personal favorite channel which rekindled a dying flame in car enthusiasm, now tailored towards trucks and SUVs and the fun that can be had building up an overlanding rig, and going on adventures, though, that chapter remains unwritten for the time being.


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  1. I would like to see a mid-motor layout for the C9 equivalent to the C8. In the future, don’t bet against such a layout for future exotics on Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lotus & etc as well.

    • The C9 should be electric.

      The mid-engine configuration has been in some Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and so on for decades. For that matter, back when Fiat owned Ferrari, I had a mid-engined Fiat.

    • A lot of senior citizens still drive. The difficult thing is getting more frequent tests to deal with the onset of older age limitations.

      If you subtract out those instances where people are driving past their “expiration date”, older drivers are often safer drivers, albeit drivers that lead younger people to go crazy in unsafe manners because of their slower driving.

      With Biden, though, I think the Secret Service will have real issues with him driving on public streets with a convertible top down, even after he leaves office.

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