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LATEST C8 CORVETTE ZR1 REPORT SUGGESTS AWD HYBRID WITH 900 HP

But Should We Believe It?

2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 Corvette C8 Stingray E-Ray Z06 Zora ZR1 Grand Sport

If you’ve been paying attention, you may have noticed a report from Car & Driver as far back as 2018 that cites plans for a two hyper C8 Corvette variants well above the Z06. One is expected to have a twin-turbo 5.5L DOHC V8 with around 800 horsepower, and other with that same engine strapped to an AWD drive unit with a battery pack sending power to the front wheels, making close to 1,000 horsepower. This one, according to Motor Trend, is the C8 Corvette ZR1.

Despite MT’s recent attempts at Corvette journalism, we’d be willing to buy into this allegation one hundred percent. Except people are forgetting about something: the C8 Corvette Zora.

C8 Corvette Z06

We will continue to beat this drum. The C8 Corvette ZR1 will not be a hybrid. It will have twin-turbos, however. The truth is that the C8 Corvette Zora will be the twin-turbo hybrid the report is talking about, and it will push the envelope for what people expect when it comes to performance for the price, even by Corvette standards. In other words, a relative performance bargain.

Here’s how the C8 lineup will shake up beyond the base level Stingray:

With the debut of the C8.R set to go racing in January, Chevrolet is set to debut the production car it will be based off of, which is the C8 Corvette Z06. It will have a naturally aspirated 5.5L flat plane crank V8 that will spin at over 8,000 RPM. The will likely come the C8 Corvette E-Ray, which will feature the 6.2L LT2 small block V8 working with a battery pack that will sit between the front wheels, in the frunk area. It will be the first Corvette hybrid, but not the only one. Following that, the penultimate C8 Corvette ZR1 will likely show face quite a few years from now. Then, as the grand finale, Chevrolet will introduce the Zora hybrid – the final word in what an American supercar can do.

Be sure to check back to MC&T for the correct C8 Corvette news.

2020 Corvette Stingray Design Sketch

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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