Chevrolet made the Corvette mid-engined for the first time in the nameplate’s 66-year history when it released the eighth-generation model in 2019, and the transformation might not be done yet. The latest Corvette will gain all-wheel drive and a gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain — two more firsts — later in its production run, according to a recent report. It’s no secret that the Corvette range will grow in the coming years with the addition of higher-performance models, like the Z06 and the ZR1. Motor Trend learned from anonymous insiders with accurate knowledge of Chevrolet’s plans that the latter model will arrive with some form of electrification and a total output in the vicinity of 900 horsepower. The hybrid powertrain is being designed with an unabashed emphasis on performance; this isn’t a Toyota Prius. Jalopnik added to the report by speculating the hybrid system will consist of a small electric motor mounted under the frunk. It will draw power from a lithium-ion battery pack shoehorned inside the transmission tunnel. There will be no mechanical link between the front and rear axles, so the system will deliver through-the-road all-wheel drive, and the driver will have the option to turn the hybrid system off… Read full this story
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