General Motors on Thursday teased a range of future ICE and electrified models, including two new sports cars for the Chevrolet brand, one of which will reportedly have “unimaginable performance” and the “next performance step for Chevrolet.”
The revelations were made by GM President Mark Reuss, speaking at an investor presentation in New York. Although investors in the audience were shown images and teasers of what was to come in the near future, the images were edited for the media, who were forced to watch from afar – and that includes us.
Apart from confirming this again a hybrid version the Corvette will premiere in 2023, which the company first mentioned in April, Reuss pointed to two other high-performance models.
A C8-based flagship supercar is also coming
He called one the “next version of the C8” and the “next step in performance for Chevrolet,” adding that “you can’t imagine it from a performance standpoint.” Although he said the second car would be based on the C8 platform, he avoided directly referring to it as a Corvette, instead describing it as just an “incredible performance car” that “should set the performance benchmark around the world.” for Chevrolet‘ and ‘make the world aware’ of what GM can do. He has not clarified whether this model will be electric, electrified or with ICE.
Though Reuss’s comments are cryptic enough to prevent certainty, the cadence of these vehicles still matches a leaked 2020 document that allegedly set the release schedule for all upcoming Corvettes.
It suggested, like Reuss, that there are three more corvettes come. The first, in 2023, will be what the document calls the Corvette Grand Sport. It’s a hybrid version of the sports car, based around the same 6.2-liter V8 as the base Stingray Corvette. It is said to have 600 hp (447 kW/608 hp) and be more of a grand tourer than a hardcore sports car.
The document then conveyed that in 2024, a twin-turbo version of the 5.5-liter DOHC V8 that powers the Z06 would find its way into a Corvette ZR1. Adjusted to 850 hp (634 kW/862 hp), it was intended to be a chain weapon.
Finally, a second hybrid version of the Corvette should round out the offering, combining the ZR1’s twin-turbo V8 with hybrid support. All told, the powertrain would produce 1,000 hp (746 kW/1,014 hp) and the model could be called the Corvette ZORA. However, this paper underestimated the performance of the Corvette Z06, which we now know produces 670 hp (500 kW/679 hp) instead of the 650 hp (485 kW/659 hp) stated on the sheet. So we can still experience some surprises.
New Buick, Cadillac and Chevy models are also coming
In addition to cryptic references to its range of sports cars, GM too a preview of a range of ICE and electric vehicles. These include the Buick Electra E5 electric crossover that we could see this week in Chinese specification and that will arrive in the United States in 2024 after being presented for the first time in China in 2023. In the same year we will see the US specification of the Buick Envista, a sporty crossover which will be launched in China this year.
Cadillac will get two new electric SUVs, a full-size model expected to serve as an electric replacement for the ICE Escalade in 2024, and a smaller, compact Cadillac crossover. Reuss also confirmed a number of new ICE cars and electric vehicles for China, including a smaller electric Buick model called the Electra E4 that will sit under the E5 as well as that GL8 EV minivana “rather dramatic low roof” Chevrolet “Car-D” sports sedan designed primarily for China (but one we might see in other markets as well) and that Next generation Cadillac CT6.