Chevy introduced the Corvette C8 in July 2019, and so far we’ve only gotten the entry-level Stingray. We know there will be other variants to come – Grand Sport, Z06, ZR1 and others – but details remain unclear on what they will offer in the performance department. There are rumors that a V8 hybrid will power the Grand Sport, but a new spy video suggests that Chevy may be working on a V6 hybrid as well.
The video, shared by the TFLnow A viewer’s YouTube channel captures a camouflaged Corvette being tested and has a few unique features. For one thing, it appears to have a flap on both sides on the rear fenders. The driver’s side flap sits above the area where the fuel door would be, meaning the passenger side flap could hide a cargo port door. There’s a chance the weird camouflage is designed to confuse curious onlookers, as the passenger side shutter has appeared on other Corvette test vehicles, although that isn’t the only weird thing about the vehicle.
The car’s exhaust note also doesn’t sound like the bubbling V8 you’d expect. Instead, it looks more like a turbocharged V6. the TLFnow Channel compares it to the Acura NSX’s exhaust note, which is also a V6 hybrid, and the two share striking sonic characteristics. There has been no rumor that such an engine could have made its way into the Corvette, although automakers do not like to discuss future product plans.
The latest Corvette hybrid rumor suggests that the renewed E-Ray branding could replace the Grand Sport model in the model line-up. Chevy would pair the 6.2-liter V8 with a pair of electric motors powering the front wheels, giving the car all-wheel drive. The model is expected to arrive as early as 2023 and creak under the $ 100,000 price tag. What Chevy might reveal before that is the Z06, which is due to arrive later this year with its naturally aspirated 5.5-liter V8 producing a supposedly 600 horsepower. Either way, the spy video raises some interesting questions about the future of the car.