If you’re a major Corvette fan, then you’ve probably heard of the Corvette Today podcast. MC&T founder and Editorial Director Manoli Katakis was recently invited onto the show to give an inside look at what General Motors has in the works for upcoming Corvette vehicles and the brand set to launch soon. Readers of MC&T probably know the majority of this information by now, but if you’re new or looking for a more conversational format to gain Corvette information, here you go.
“So, the latest on the Corvette electric vehicles is that they’re supposedly gonna run on an 800-volt electrical system. That’ll provide really fast charging power, up to 350 kW. That’s not necessarily gonna tell us here how much horsepower that’s going to provide, but it’s pretty fun to see just how cutting edge the battery architecture is for these vehicles.” Katakis said. “I believe that it’ll be a more advanced version of the Ultium battery technology that we currently see in things like the Hummer.”
GM has finally decided to turn the Corvette into its own separate brand, which we can expect to start on its own with its first vehicle reaching the market for the 2025 model year. “It’s going to launch as a sedan first. People think SUV, it’s going to be a sedan first with SUV coming later towards the end of the decade,” stated Manny. Surprisingly, General Motors hasn’t opted to make Corvette its own brand sooner, especially given the amount of money it could rake in. But it’s better late than never.
Two C8 Corvettes To Be Revealed In 2023
Onto the topic of the upcoming C8 Corvette vehicles we can expect to be revealed in 2023, there’s plenty to be excited about. “Basically, what we’re hearing, going with the E-Ray configurator leak, is that based on the GM Investor Day presentation that happened in November. GM is actually going to debut two Corvette variants in 2023. The first being the E-Ray.” Katakis stated. “Obviously, that’s pretty far along, they already have the configurator leak, and the information seems to be accurate. Later in the year, they’re going to actually debut ZR1, which is a lot earlier than I think most people were expecting. Because if you look at Z06, Z06 is barely out the door.”
We can expect to find the ZR1 with the same wide-body styling as the Z06 along with wires and brakes, “but they’re adding a pair of turbos to the LT6 engine, creating LT7,” with the expectation that this twin-turbo DOHC V8 engine will punch out around 800 horsepower or more.