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What’s To Come Is Not An Electric Camaro Sedan, But A Corvette

2020 C8 Corvette Logo
C8 Corvette Logo

The analysts at Automotive News have caught wind of a fully electric Chevrolet Corvette on the way by 2025, and will take the shape of a Ford Mustang Mach-E GT fighting SUV. Meanwhile, some magazines are claiming that there’s an electric Camaro sedan on the way. We’re here to clear this up. But before we get into details on what’s happening with Corvette, we need to debunk a few rumors, which we also talk about in our exclusive video just below:

The first rumor we need to debunk is that there will not be an electric C8 Corvette. There will of course be some much-talked about hybrids – E-Ray and Zora – but not a full-on EV based on the existing Y2 architecture that underpins the C8. That said, a C9 Corvette EV feels more or less like an inevitability at this point, based on GM’s current trajectory and remarks from its top executives.

The second rumor is that some magazines have speculated that this electric performance sedan will be a Camaro of some kind, which sent the blogosphere into a game of telephone. As with much of their reports in the past, this isn’t accurate. An electric Camaro sedan is currently not in the pipeline.

Corvette SUV GM Design Electric Vehicle

Electric Corvette Sedan First, SUV Second

Here’s what we understand to be happening: GM is indeed making an electric performance sedan, but it’s with a Corvette badge, and it will be in showrooms by mid-decade. This all-electric performance sedan will be dedicated to taking on the Porsche Taycan in the market. And because Porsche is the target, it’s more logical for GM to move forward with a premium Corvette brand expansion, versus using the Camaro name. Previous reports have indeed pointed to an electric performance sedan heading to Lansing Grand River Assembly, and it’s probably this electric Corvette sedan in all likelihood.

What about the electric Corvette SUV? Yes, that’s still expected, but it’s not coming as soon as originally estimated. This decision to delay the electric Corvette SUV should give a bit of breathing room to the brand new Chevrolet Blazer EV SS, which has 557 horsepower and 648 pound-feet of torque.

You’re probably thinking that GM can only build an electric SUV in order for the 2025 timeline to be feasible, right? Wrong! GM also has a low roof battery electric vehicle architecture in the Cadillac Celstiq flagship sedan that’s in the works making the 2025 timeline plausible. More details on this ultra-luxury EV are still on the way, but you can bet GM will scale this low roof BEV architecture across many brands and vehicles. So while the Chevrolet Blazer EV reveal last week did tease a low-slung skateboard platform that’s likely intended for the Celestiq, it’s just as well likely intended for a sporty electric Corvette sedan.

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Why should you believe this report and not the others? Because MC&T has thus far been dead accurate on exclusive details around several future GM products, including what you can expect from the next-generation Chevrolet Colorado and Canyon back in 2019, the Silverado ZR2 back in 2020, the details on the Escalade-V back in 2019, tons of information on the new Corvette Z06 before Chevy wanted you to know (as well as exclusives on both the E-Ray and C8 ZR1) and the sad news that the Camaro is going away after the 2024 model year.

Is an electric Corvette sedan considered a blasphemy? Some would of course say yes, but consider that a Corvette brand expansion could be a $12 billion idea, unlocking tons of value for General Motors. Moreover, the idea of a four-door/four-seat Corvette – much like a mid-engine Corvette that upset some of you – was kicked around decades ago, before most of us were even born. In fact, a four-seat Corvette can be traced back to 1963, while a few bespoke four-door C3 Corvettes made their way out of a coachbuilder’s shop in 1980.

All of that aside, the electric Corvette family of vehicles won’t be here tomorrow. Like everything else in the auto industry, these grand plans take time, and it’s going to take years before a Corvette brand expansion is realized. But you better believe that those plans are very much in motion, and that you’ll be able to learn all about what’s going on by visiting Muscle Cars & Trucks.

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Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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