Reported top-tier Chevrolet Corvette C8 likely to knock on the doors of hypercar territory

January 29, 2020

One of the hottest motoring buzz in 2019 was the historic debut of the first ever mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. Also known as the C8, we’ve covered that item in one of our foreign news reports which you can read here.

Okay. That, in and of itself, was an exciting news. But it seemed like the American bowtie brand didn’t let 2019 slip by without creating a fast buzz. That’s because according to Motor Trend, a well-trusted automotive news authority, Chevy apparently hinted a top-tier variant of the C8 in the pipeline which will don the ZR1 badge. And, it’s about to be let loose real soon.

In review, the ZR1 variant has been going in and out of the Corvette lineage since the introduction of the C3 back in the ‘70s. It’s basically designated as the fastest, sportiest, and most badass-looking trim that ranks second only to the full-on racing version.

As per the report, Motor Trend’s trusted source from General Motors (GM) stated that with the ZR1 trim, the C8 will sport not only the necessary cosmetic upgrades, but also a monstrous twin-turbo V8 with electric motors... yes, motors. This makes the C8 Corvette Stingray a proper hybrid.

The source didn’t go uber technical about it, but it’s said that a couple of electric motors will be slapped onto the power train; one to boost engine performance and another to aid in driving dynamics.

Going by the numbers, the hybrid power train is projected to crank over 900 horses and an undisclosed but assured high torque figure, a performance outlook that would place the C8 well into the hypercar territory against the likes of the LaFerrari, McLaren P1, Porsche 918 Spyder, among others.

These are the only updates at the moment. Do keep in mind that these are just tidbits of reports floating around the interwebs so far, backed up by Motor Trend’s credibility as a well-established global motoring news entity. All will fall into place once GM comes out with an official statement. For now, let us dream...

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Randolph de Leon
Randy is a person with disability (PWD), a partially-blinded person with only his left eye functioning. Since childhood, the automobile has always been his passion, and is able to express it through photography and most recently, through writing as well. Outside the motoring beat, Randy spends time manning the media aspect of his business which he co-founded with his sister/college classmate. It's called Dragonlight Wellness and Solutions, a multi-business venture centering on improving peoples' lives through earning.