On Monday, General Motors President Mark Reuss used LinkedIn to confirm one of the worst-kept secrets in Detroit: There will be a hybrid Chevrolet Corvette on sale next year. Reuss also said a fully battery electric Corvette is in the pipeline, although he did not give a firm date for that version.
A hybrid Corvette has been a possibility for a while now—Chevrolet trademarked the name “Corvette E-Ray” back in 2015, while the current mid-engined Corvette was still in the early stages of its development.
Just moving the engine from in front of the driver to behind the seats was a big change for the Corvette corrals of the world, and adding an electrified option at launch might have been a bit too much. A hybrid version is logical, though; going beyond the Z06’s 670 hp (500 kW) while remaining manageable for drivers who aren’t professional racing drivers means adding all-wheel drive.