On tests seen plug-in hybrid version of the new Chevy Corvette?January 8, 2020
A noticed prototype of an American sports coupe received strange wires on its hood. Apparently, the presentation of the plug-in hybrid or all-electric version of the Chevy Corvette C8 2020 is just around the corner.
Before the American General Motor unveiled a new generation of sports coupe Chevy Corvette C8 2020 model year in July last year, there were rumors about the appearance of a plug-in hybrid and fully electric version of the model. During his interview, a Corvette team member hinted that some form of electrification is possible for the iconic car. Last August, on “spy” photographs of the camouflaged Corvette prototype, a strange cord could be seen sticking out from under the hood. And now, in similar pictures that were taken a couple of hours ago, another Corvette prototype is shown with unusual accessories on its hood, which seem to indicate a certain form of electrification of the power plant of the sports coupe.
New photos show a cable protruding from under the hood next to the T-shaped button, which is probably the emergency stop button.
Rumors suggest that if GM electrifies the Corvette, it can do this by adding an electric motor that drives the front axle. This would make the all-wheel drive car.
The photographs show no other changes to the Corvette, as the car does not look different than the standard Corvette Stingray 2020. It is not clear whether the electric motor will connect to the current 6.2-liter engine. However, the photographer noted that the exhaust sound sounds the same as the V6 engine. Rumor has it that Chevy could connect the electric motor to a 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V8 – in this case, the hybrid plant will produce nearly 1,000 hp.
The question is when we will be presented with an electrified Corvette. Last December, Corvette chief engineer Taj Juchter said GM’s plan was to produce only zero-emissions cars.
Not so long ago, our publication wrote that the 400-horsepower Chevy Corvette C5 has a fuel consumption of only 5.88 liters on the highway. Despite the fact that this sports coupe has a powerful LS1 V8 engine under the hood, it boasts a fairly affordable fuel consumption on the highway – only 5.88 liters per 100 km.
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