GM Will Make Electric Corvettes In Many Shapes and Sizes: Report

An electric Corvette sedan with underpinnings similar to the Cadillac Celestiq just may pre-empt the SUV.

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There’s been a lot of talk of future Corvettes as of late, between the long-rumored hybrid E-Ray version of the C8, to a potential battery-electric ‘Vette crossover riding on GM’s Ultium platform. More ‘Vettes are indeed coming, the rumor mill tells us — and the brand expansion won’t stop at an SUV.

Here’s the deal: Muscle Cars & Trucks says that the first electric Corvette we’ll actually see — likely next year, based on comments GM President Mark Reuss made to CNBC in April — will actually be a sedan, intended to compete with the Porsche Taycan. This four-door ‘Vette will supposedly be derived from the architecture that makes the Cadillac Celestiq possible.

What’s more, there won’t be a pure-electric C8, the site reports, as the mid-engine sports car’s platform isn’t fit for the job. The C9, as you’d guess, will likely spurn gasoline entirely. Until then, GM will experiment with electrifying the current ICE model.

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GM’s CES 2021 presentation teased a slate of future EVs, including what many assumed was a Corvette SUV in the back left.
GM’s CES 2021 presentation teased a slate of future EVs, including what many assumed was a Corvette SUV in the back left.
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And that SUV is happening too, but not out of the gate. MC&T reasons the manufacturer is starting with the sedan first because a Corvette SUV would overshadow the Blazer EV SS, with its almost 560 horsepower. The SS will hit 60 mph in under four seconds, so from a performance standpoint, GM probably doesn’t need to make a tall-roof version of the Corvette. (But since when has “need” mattered to modern automakers? Have you seen BMW’s SUV lineup lately?)

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This of course isn’t the first time we’ve caught wind of a Corvette “family” of vehicles, and it seems GM has green-lit the brand’s expansion. This was pretty inevitable once Ford put the Mustang badge on a crossover, which outsold the pony car in short order. Lamborghini, in case you missed it, is an SUV company now. Brands aren’t specific to products or categories — they’re formless. The future of America’s sports car will be formless, too.