August 30, 2013
While spy photographers capture a Corvette Z07 undergoing testing, GM President Mark Reuss winks at the idea of a hybrid Stingray.
Even before the new Corvette begins serial production at the Bowling Green, Kentucky plant, General Motors is hard at work testing out a new Z07, believed to be slated for sale for the 2016 model year.
Car & Driver has spy shots of a heavily camouflaged Corvette undergoing testing in an undisclosed location, which the buff book believes to be the Z06 replacement of the 7th generation Corvette.
Speculators think the new Z07 will be powered by an engine similar to that in the Cadillac Elmiraj Concept revealed earlier this month – a twin-turbo V8 that’s much smaller than the previous generation Z06′s 7.0L of displacement, a bid at improving fuel economy while still providing immense amounts of power.
Also in efforts to reduce fuel usage, a hybrid Corvette might not be as far fetched as we all think.
Asked by the LA Times about the possibility, General Motors President, Mark Reuss said, “Actually, don’t laugh. I think it’s a very attractive idea, actually. I think it would be really fun to do, I think it would build capability inside our company and I think people would love it.”