Chevrolet has finalized its plans to introduce a C8 Corvette with the added option of a hybrid all-wheel-drive (eAWD) powertrain.
General Motors‘ subsidiary had previously hinted at such a possibility when the Corvette C8 was first launched. No doubt, it is now one of the most iconic and recognizable American sports cars, powerful enough to be able to give Ferrari a run for its money.
With its massive 6.2 liter V8 and eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission producing 490 horsepower and a whopping 470 lb-ft of torque, the C8 can hit 0-60 mph in just 2.8 seconds and cover a quarter-mile in 11.2 seconds at 122mph. Quite impressive for a mid-engine supercar.
Real-world mileage is also pretty decent for a sports car, as it earned an EPA fuel economy rating of 15 mpg city, 27 mpg highway, and 19 mpg combined. However, Chevrolet apparently has a customer base who’d like the C8 to be even more fuel-efficient.
According to reports, the company will incorporate AWD and introduce plug-in hybrids for certain Corvette variants. Leaked documents from the company refer to the feature as “eAWD,” which may be incorporated into the Stingray Coupe and other Convertible models. Even higher performance models like the C8 ZR1 may come equipped with the advanced eAWD system. General Motor will refer to its first AWD system as “XFD,” which will later be replaced by the “XRD” in future models.
As far as the hybrid technology goes, the new C8 will pack in two electric motors in its front trunk. The two motors will drive the front wheels ensuring excellent torque vectoring while the massive V8 does the rest.
However, it is still unclear whether the manufacturer will come up with an all-electric variant yet. Still, rumors claim that Chevy could be working on an all-electric Corvette called the E-Ray.
Sadly the AWD Corvette doesn’t plan to hit the market any time soon. According to rumors, only the 2023 or 2024 models might get the hybrid eAWD option unless GM decides otherwise given the current Covid-19 crisis.