GM confirms Halo supercar based on C8, full-size and compact electric SUVs Cadillac, Buick Electra for 2024
General Motors on Thursday teased a slew of future ICE and electrified models, including two new sports cars for the Chevrolet brand, one of which is said to have “unimaginable performance” and the “next step in performance for Chevrolet.”
The revelations were made by GM Chairman Mark Reuss, who was speaking at an investor presentation in New York. Although investors in the audience saw footage and teasers of what was to come in the near future, the footage was redacted for the media, who were forced to watch from a distance — and that includes us, too.
In addition to reconfirming that a hybrid version of the Corvette will launch in 2023, which the company first mentioned in April, Reuss pointed to two additional high-performance models.
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A flagship C8-based supercar is also coming
He called one the “next iteration of the C8” and the “next step in performance for Chevrolet” adding that “you won’t be able to imagine it from a performance standpoint”. Although he said the second car is based on the C8 platform, he avoided naming it directly as a Corvette, and instead called it an “incredible performance car” that should “set the global standard in performance for Chevrolet”. and “warn the world” about what GM can do. He did not specify whether this model will be electric, electrified or ICE.
While Reuss’ comments are cryptic enough to detract from certainty, the cadence for these vehicles still aligns with a leaked 2020 document that would have set the release schedule for all future Corvettes.
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He suggested, like Reuss, that there are three more Corvettes to 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 on the same 6.2-liter V8 as the base Corvette Stingray. It is expected to produce 600 PS (447 kW / 608 hp) and be more of a grand tourer than a hardcore sports car.
The document went on to say 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. Rated to produce 850 PS (634 kW/862 hp), it should be a trail weapon.
Finally, a second hybrid version of the Corvette was to complete the lineup, combining the twin-turbo V8 from the ZR1 with hybrid assistance. In total, the powertrain would produce 1,000 hp (746 kW / 1,014 hp) and the model could be called the Corvette ZORA. That document, however, underestimated the performance of the Corvette Z06, which we now know produces 670 PS (500 kW/679 PS), rather than the 650 PS (485 kW/659 PS) listed on the sheet. So we still risk having a few surprises.
New Buick, Cadillac and Chevy models are also coming
Along with making cryptic references to its sports car lineup, GM also previewed a number of ICE and electric vehicles. These include the Buick Electra E5 electric crossover that we got to see in Chinese specs this week and which will arrive in the US in 2024 after first being revealed in China in 2023. The same year , we’ll see the American specification of the Buick Envista, a sporty crossover that will be launched in China this year.
Cadillac will get two new electric SUVs, a full-size model that will likely replace the ICE Escalade in 2024, as well as a smaller Cadillac compact crossover. Reuss also confirmed a number of new ICE cars and electric vehicles for China, including a smaller electric Buick model named the Electra E4 which will sit under the E5 as well as the GL8 EV Vana “quite dramatic low roof” Chevrolet “Car-D” Sport Sedan primarily designed for China (but which we might see in other markets as well) and the New Generation Cadillac CT6.