Chevrolet Corvette hybrid spotted testing
Spy photographers have captured what could be a plug-in hybrid version of the new mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette C8 sports car on test wearing camouflage.
The images were taken in snowy conditions and show the covered-up car with what appears to be an electrical connector protruding from the front wing.
Although there has been no official confirmation of a plug-in Corvette just yet, veteran GM executive Bob Lutz speculated as long ago as 2016 that this generation of the car would use an electrified powertrain for the first time.
At the time, Lutz expected a 5kWh battery to be used, for a zero-emissions range of only 10-15 miles – but the final specification could be different. A V6, rather than the Corvette's traditional V8, could make up the internal-combustion part of the plug-in Corvette's drivetrain.
It's likely that – as we've seen with hybrid hypercars from Ferrari, Porsche and McLaren – the addition of hybrid power to the Corvette would primarily be for performance-boosting reasons, rather than aiming at rock-bottom running costs.
The C8 is already a revolution in Corvette terms, as it broke with the model's traditional front-engined layout for the first time in its history, which stretches back to the original C1 Corvette of 1953. The addition of hybrid power could also see four-wheel drive feature on a production Corvette for the first time.