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When Mark Reuss was in LA recently, he sat down to have a few words with the scribes at the Los Angeles Times. When the issue of a hybrid Corvette came up, Reuss answered with "Don't laugh." The General Motors president is a complete fan of the possibility, calling it "attractive" and "really fun," believing it would improve GM expertise and that "people would love it."

Naturally, the president being supportive of an idea doesn't give indication that a hybrid Corvette is on the way. However, with supercars like the Porsche 918 Spyder and Ferrari LaFerrari giving hybrid tech a solid, if remote, place in the performance car world, the inexorable trickle-down of technology means we shouldn't be surprised if and when it does happen.

And now that we have that non-negative half-answer to a speculative question, it would be irresponsible for us not to commence rumormilling for the C8 Corvette. Taking Reuss at his word, the C8 will obviously be a hybrid with all-wheel-drive - the left side wheels driven with electric motors, the right side with the mid-mounted, four-cylinder diesel engine. With coefficient of drag of just .16, figure on a 0-to-60 mile-per-hour time of under 2 seconds and an all-electric range of something like 30 miles at top speed. Don't forget, folks, you read it here first.

What do you think of the idea of a gas-electric Corvette? Vote in our poll below, then have your say in Comments.

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      Wasn\'t April Fool\'s 151 days ago? Left vs right drive with mid mounted 4 cyl diesel?
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      I'm pretty sure a Corvette purist might have reservations against a potential hybrid. But seeing as how the vette is Chevy's/GM's halo car, it would make sense to showcase their best technology on it -- unless of course GM makes a Corvette-based hybrid Cadillac.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why not?
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good Lord that car and color are beautiful. I want a raise lol
      50 AKA Ferrari
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am very much for this if it is used as a performance gain like a HP/Torque boost under certain conditions that can be engaged or disengaged by the driver if they choose to. I'm thinking something like "Competitive Mode" for 0-60 launches etc.
      • 1 Year Ago
      From what I can gather from program management sources at Chrysler, a hybrid system was presented in early 2010 for Viper to have a KERS system giving it the same performance from 0-100 as the V10, but with a hemi V8 and a real basic racer package, lighter, better handling, (stirpped out interior, etc) on a very limited volume. They were not sure which system was proposed, but would have been exciting.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would love to see hybrid sports car from GM, but I don't think it should be the "Corvette". It should be a halo car for Cadillac - maybe with an AWD parallel hybrid setup similar to the BMW i8. Given Cadillac is supposed to be the "luxury" brand, it could afford to take a little bit of the weight that a hybrid setup would need without sullying the Corvette name. Perhaps it could be a next generation ELR...
      • 1 Year Ago
      People who can afford to drive this car aren't really worried about mpg.
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        Yeah, where did they get that nonsense from... 0-16 in under 2 seconds!? Virtually impossible.
      • 1 Year Ago
      If there was a clear benefit and not much added to the cost or the weight I would consider it. I a waiting to drive the new Vette and the 911 in the same day back to back to see which one will end up in my garage.
      • 1 Year Ago
      It would definitely enhance GM's image as would an all electric version. In fact all cars should have a version of E-Assist where the engine turns off at a stop and then brought up to speed with an electric motor, an over sized starter, before the gasoline engine restarts.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would still like to drive a 1930 Ford Model "A" two door sedan. THAT was one of the best cars I ever owned, and now I'm nearly 81 yrs old, but still liked that "4 on the floor", and that "OUUGHA" style horn. It really got the girls attention, and the cows where I worked on a farm, cause I always carried cow-feed with me in that good old Model "A" car.!!
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