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    2016 CES: Chevrolet Bolt, Now in Production Form!

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      Meet Chevrolet's Fully-Electric Vehicle


    It was last January at the Detroit Auto Show when GM surprised everyone with the Chevrolet Bolt concept. Here was an electric vehicle that came with a 200 Mile range and would be affordable. Since then, GM has been hard at work getting a production model ready and at the Consumers Electronic Show tonight, the company unveiled the production Bolt.

     

    As we saw in spy shots last month, the production Bolt mostly looks the same as the concept. The front is similar to the Volt with a brushed grille and LED headlights wrapping around the front fenders. Around back, the LED taillights are integrated into the tailgate.

     

    The Bolt's interior features seating for five and a large 10.2-inch screen with the latest version of Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment system. Interestingly, the Bolt will come with "Gamification" features that will pit Bolt drivers against each other for green driving awards or rankings as a way to improve efficiency.

     

    Unfortunately, details about the electric powertrain and expected range are still being kept under wraps.

     

    Production of the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt will begin at the end of 2016 at GM's Lake Orion Assembly.

     

    Source: Chevrolet

     

     

    Press Release is on Page 2


     

    CHEVROLET INTRODUCES 2017 BOLT EV

     

    LAS VEGAS – Chevrolet is introducing the 2017 Bolt EV at the Consumer Electronics Show, fulfilling its promise to offer a long-range, affordable electric vehicle for the masses.

     

    The Bolt EV, which will go into production by the end of 2016, will offer more than 200 miles of range on a full charge. It also features advanced connectivity technologies designed to enhance and personalize the driving experience.

     

    “It was less than a year ago that we revealed the Bolt EV concept and promised to deliver a long-range electric vehicle attainable by the masses,” GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra said. “The Bolt EV is capable of using the latest mobile app technology to enable car sharing, advanced GPS routing and gamification, all designed to enhance the ownership experience now and into the future.”

     

    Connectivity Simplifies Ownership Experience
    The Bolt EV benefits directly from the suggestions and ideas of Volt owners and features technologies that make owning a long-range electric vehicle easy.

     

    The Bolt EV’s connectivity innovations will provide smart, personalized solutions for managing the driving experience. For example, in the future an accurate driving range projection will be based on the time of day, typography, weather and the owner’s driving habits.

     

    Bluetooth low-energy – designed specifically for the Bolt EV to minimize energy draw – seamlessly connects a smart phone to the car while the owner approaches the vehicle.

     

    Many of the Bolt EV’s driver-focused technologies are supported by OnStar 4G LTE, which turns the Bolt EV into a Wi-Fi hotspot, giving owners easier access to apps and services via a high-speed wireless connection.

     

    Other connectivity and infotainment features include:

    • 10.2’’ MyLink color touch-screen display
      • Customizable, widget-based “flip-board style” operation

      [*]Rear Camera Mirror

      • Rear-facing camera provides a wide-angle view of the environment behind the vehicle.

      [*]Surround Vision

      • Provides a bird’s-eye view of what’s around the Bolt EV for improved safety during low-speed driving and when parking.

      [*]All-New MyChevrolet Mobile App: Combines important owner and vehicle information and functions, such as:

      • Vehicle charge status
      • OnStar Map service
      • Remote start
      • Cabin pre-conditioning
      • Owner’s manual information
      • Dealer service scheduling

      [*]EV Navigation Mapping

      • EV-specific navigation capability that designs routes to maximize range and provide locations of nearby charging station locations if needed.

      [*]Gamification

      • In the future, Bolt EV owners will be able to “compete” by comparing driving styles to determine who is driving most efficiently.



    The Bolt EV will be built at GM’s Orion (Mich.) Assembly facility, near Detroit.

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    Not bad.

     

    The lower bumper is a little over complicated given the rest of the car, but new cars these days always have some quirks.

     

    Now here's the deal.

     

    How will this be received?

     

    I think people looking to buy a Volt will have an even harder decision to make in the coming year. 

     

    However, I will put out there a valid demerit of a quirk of the interior for the same reason people don't like the Toyota Prius's interior. The white porcelain type plastic trim is too unconventional, being space-agey for the sake of being space-agey. At least they use less of it.

     

    The car seems well thought out. Excellent packaging.

     

    But this reveal is but a lip-service.

     

    We won't see driven reviews for the press for a while.

     

    Here's a little nibble I gleaned from the press photos. Look closely and you'll see in the background what must be a hell of a villa on an estate.

     

    Clearly the target buyer can afford any electric vehicle there exists out there.

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    "Gamification" is way too homo.  Bolt looks good.  I agree with Rico on the white interior trim thing.  I wonder if it will be available at any time in the dim, distant future in a color other than silver.  This is begging for a bench seat in front, since it appears there is no mechanical interface with the vehicle located in the console.  Upholstery sew pattern screams it.

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     I wonder if it will be available at any time in the dim, distant future in a color other than silver.

     

    If it comes in the orange that the concept was wearing, I'll be all over it.

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    Its a cute little car.

     

    Hence why its not my cup of tea.

    Its cute

    Its little.

    Not my style.

     

    The Volt is where I am.

    In Quebec, this will sell very well. I predict better sales than Volt. Better than any other EV also.

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    I like the premise, especially if it is $30,000 before tax credits.  The exterior looks funky, but all these electric cars do for some reason.  The interior looks bad, looks cheap.  Which is why I think it needs to be $30k before the credits and not $40k minus tax credits to be around $30k.  For a $40k sticker you can get a BMW i3, which at least says BMW on it.

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    I like the premise, especially if it is $30,000 before tax credits.  The exterior looks funky, but all these electric cars do for some reason.  The interior looks bad, looks cheap.  Which is why I think it needs to be $30k before the credits and not $40k minus tax credits to be around $30k.  For a $40k sticker you can get a BMW i3, which at least says BMW on it.

    So what? That i3 starts at $42K with only 81 miles of range (119 less than the Bolt) and while the interior uses higher quality materials (it better for $10K more and only an 81 mile range), the overall design is a mess. Of course, it matches that horrible exterior though. The Bolt is priced just fien for what it is and what it does BETTER than that overpriced BMW Aztek Electric edition.

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    We should see some reviews on this soon as they had it at CES for driving by the masses. Wife loves the car and the interior is way better than the Mess BMW i3 as is the exterior.

     

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    FYI, If the BMW i3 is such an awesome auto then why has everyone I know including my neighbor who is a BMW snob unload the leased auto less than a year afterwards and go back to a gas powered one. I see so many used now available. This also shows me that people are not afraid to change from petro to electric if it gives them their freedom and no range anxiety.

     

    My gut tells me that the weird interior on the i3 and the piss poor range is causing people to dump them fast. My neighbor who drives 50 miles round trip to work each day said it would have been fine but if he worked closer to home and could still run errands and get what he wanted done during the day but the auto delivers less mpc or miles per charge than advertised and the interior was not at all user friendly.

     

    End result, if the auto truly gave a 200 mile range like a bolt he would have kept it but he needed the ability to drive more than the auto gives. Same issue with the Nissan Leaf and 500EV or spark EV. These 80 mile range auto's do not fit into today's society unless you only drive a very short distance or live in the city. Suburban drivers need a much bigger range.

     

    Bolt I suspect will easily sell everyone they build in 2017.

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    There was some talk of this and CES and the gameification angle on a daily tech news podcast I listen to. The hosts consistently called it the 'Volt'.

    Edited by Cubical-aka-Moltar

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    There was some talk of this and CES and the gameification angle on a daily tech news podcast I listen to. The hosts consistently called it the 'Volt'.

     

    I can't blame then since V and B sound similar.

     

    I like the premise, especially if it is $30,000 before tax credits.  The exterior looks funky, but all these electric cars do for some reason.  The interior looks bad, looks cheap.  Which is why I think it needs to be $30k before the credits and not $40k minus tax credits to be around $30k.  For a $40k sticker you can get a BMW i3, which at least says BMW on it.

     

    Well it looks like the Bolt will cost $37,500 without any tax credits. The magical $30,000 is when you add in the $7,500 tax credit. From Chevrolet's site:

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    Looks so much better than that froggish Nissan Leaf. Great job GM... and like the 2016 Volt owners getting minimum 15% more in EV driving (from my readings)... I could easily see reports of this coming in at 230... 

     

     

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    So Chevy has updated their BOLT web site and it now seems that in average temp climates we should expect well over 200 MPC or Mile Per Charge.

     

    With a 9hr charge time to full battery and the stated 25 miles per hr charged, that equals 225 miles on a battery pack. 80% charged if you use a rapid DC Fast charger in less than an hr.

     

    Be interesting to see what the EPA ends up rating this at.

     

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    $37,500 before the incentives is a bit steep.  You could get a Leaf or Focus electric for less money, although you won't have as much range.  If you want to sell electric cars, they have to be price comparable to gas powered car.  There are a lot of good cars for mid $30s money.  But perhaps these manufacturers don't really want to sell electric cars.

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    It's priced correctly, and I think it will make a great example of a product done right.

     

    But I think it's going to be so compelling that it'll take sales from the Volt as well. Well I guess they share common enough architectures, and anyhoo a sale to GM is lost on anyone else.

     

    Well, another 12 months since it goes on sale. Plenty of time for other electric car debuts.

     

    But another generation of this thing and the Volt will be obsolete. 

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    $37,500 before the incentives is a bit steep.  You could get a Leaf or Focus electric for less money, although you won't have as much range.  If you want to sell electric cars, they have to be price comparable to gas powered car.  There are a lot of good cars for mid $30s money.  But perhaps these manufacturers don't really want to sell electric cars.

    Again there is nothing wrong with the price and if you are griping about its price then you should gripe even more at the pricier, with far less range, i3.

    Let's see. Has the same range as $100K Tesla yet is only $37k. Yeah, real overpriced there.

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    But remember, it's the lease deals that true scrooge's wait for.

     

    I can only imagine how a lease for a car like this might just pay for itself if driven an X number of miles per month.

     

    But it'll involve a lot of steadfast planning and definitely the investment with a home charging station up front.

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    $37,500 before the incentives is a bit steep.  You could get a Leaf or Focus electric for less money, although you won't have as much range.  If you want to sell electric cars, they have to be price comparable to gas powered car.  There are a lot of good cars for mid $30s money.  But perhaps these manufacturers don't really want to sell electric cars.

    Again there is nothing wrong with the price and if you are griping about its price then you should gripe even more at the pricier, with far less range, i3.

    Let's see. Has the same range as $100K Tesla yet is only $37k. Yeah, real overpriced there.

     

    Comparing this to an i3 is also like comparing a Sonic to a 3-series.  One is a BMW, one is a Chevy.  

     

    The Tesla has slightly better range, but the Model S is also faster than a Corvette Z06.  I don't believe the Bolt will do 0-60 in 2.8 seconds.  The Bolt is similar in interior, size, performance, etc to a Sonic, but it is double the price.  That is a big premium for electric.

     

    This is another problem with electric cars in general.  You pay more for range.  That is like paying an extra $5,000 for a Chevy Cruze with a 23 gallon tank vs the standard car's 14 gallon tank so you get more range.  No other car is sold on the basis of range.  And that isn't just an attack on the Bolt it is on all electric cars.

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    $37,500 before the incentives is a bit steep. You could get a Leaf or Focus electric for less money, although you won't have as much range. If you want to sell electric cars, they have to be price comparable to gas powered car. There are a lot of good cars for mid $30s money. But perhaps these manufacturers don't really want to sell electric cars.

    Again there is nothing wrong with the price and if you are griping about its price then you should gripe even more at the pricier, with far less range, i3.

    Let's see. Has the same range as $100K Tesla yet is only $37k. Yeah, real overpriced there.

    Comparing this to an i3 is also like comparing a Sonic to a 3-series. One is a BMW, one is a Chevy.

    The Tesla has slightly better range, but the Model S is also faster than a Corvette Z06. I don't believe the Bolt will do 0-60 in 2.8 seconds. The Bolt is similar in interior, size, performance, etc to a Sonic, but it is double the price. That is a big premium for electric.

    This is another problem with electric cars in general. You pay more for range. That is like paying an extra $5,000 for a Chevy Cruze with a 23 gallon tank vs the standard car's 14 gallon tank so you get more range. No other car is sold on the basis of range. And that isn't just an attack on the Bolt it is on all electric cars.

    Only in your head. Like I said yesterday, the ONLY thing better on the i3 is the material quality of the interior. Everything else, it trails in, from the ugly outside to the pitiful range. Now using your logic about gussied up Chevys, why would anyone pay more than $40K outside of being able to say they have an ugly electric Beemer? After all, it is offering the criticism towards all electric cars. Edited by surreal1272

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    Btw SMK, my mentioning the Tesla was to point out the similar range for far less money. In no way am I trying to compare it in any other way. Point is that there is value in it whether you want to accept it or not. Remember, this is still fairly new tech so I find your "criticisms" a bit short sighted here.

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    One day the electric car will replace the gasoline powered car.  But that day isn't today, or any day in 2017.

     

    I feel like this is an ELR repeat.  If they priced it at $30k before the tax credits it would be a winner, but at $37,500 they over shot the market.  Just like if the ELR was $55k and not $75k it might have sold.  

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    One day the electric car will replace the gasoline powered car.  But that day isn't today, or any day in 2017.

     

    I feel like this is an ELR repeat.  If they priced it at $30k before the tax credits it would be a winner, but at $37,500 they over shot the market.  Just like if the ELR was $55k and not $75k it might have sold.  

     

    -1, I totally disagree with you. This is priced at the sweet spot and beats Tesla model 3 vaporwear. It is superior in every way over the BMW i3. This will force all the others to lower their prices even. The car is what most people want, Good for you, everyone around you and the planet.

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    One day the electric car will replace the gasoline powered car.  But that day isn't today, or any day in 2017.

     

    I feel like this is an ELR repeat.  If they priced it at $30k before the tax credits it would be a winner, but at $37,500 they over shot the market.  Just like if the ELR was $55k and not $75k it might have sold.  

    It's called investing in the future. Mercedes should try it sometime. Of course, the problem with the tech is that you don't see Mercedes offering and electric car. Then, I'm sure you would be offering a different opinion than "But that day ins't today, or any day in 2017".

     

     

    As far as the ELR remake goes, that's not even close to an apples to apples comparison.

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    One day the electric car will replace the gasoline powered car.  But that day isn't today, or any day in 2017.

     

    I feel like this is an ELR repeat.  If they priced it at $30k before the tax credits it would be a winner, but at $37,500 they over shot the market.  Just like if the ELR was $55k and not $75k it might have sold.

    It's called investing in the future. Mercedes should try it sometime. Of course, the problem with the tech is that you don't see Mercedes offering and electric car. Then, I'm sure you would be offering a different opinion than "But that day ins't today, or any day in 2017".

     

     

    As far as the ELR remake goes, that's not even close to an apples to apples comparison.

    That should read "remark" not remake. Thanks again autocorrect.

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      The next step of Nissan’s transformation is here with an all-new EV that delivers driving excitement, confidence, comfort and connectivity; set to go on sale in U.S. in 2021 with a $40,000 starting price NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nissan today introduced the all-new Nissan Ariya, an electric crossover SUV that lets customers travel up to approximately 300 miles per charge (preliminary Nissan estimate for long-range 2WD model) while enjoying greater driving excitement, confidence, comfort, and connectivity.
      Its debut marks a key milestone in the Nissan NEXT transformation initiative, a four-year plan building on Nissan's reputation for innovation, craftsmanship, customer-focus and quality, alongside an ongoing cultural transformation. As the company's first all-electric crossover SUV, the Ariya embodies the company's vision to enrich people's lives.
      Representing the pinnacle of Nissan's technologies and design, the 100% electric Nissan Ariya debuted during a digital event in Yokohama. Ariya promises powerful acceleration and smooth, quiet operation and advanced driver assistance and connectivity technology– wrapped in a sophisticated yet simple exterior design with a spacious, lounge-like interior.
      CEO Makoto Uchida and Chief Operating Officer Ashwani Gupta unveiled the Ariya to a global audience during a livestreamed event at the new Nissan Pavilion in Yokohama, Japan.
      "The Ariya, a key model in Nissan's plan to roll out 10 new models in 20 months, demonstrates our commitment to meeting customer demand for crossovers with the most advanced electrified, automated and connected technologies," Gupta said. "The company expects sales of its EVs and e-POWER electrified models to be more than 1 million units a year by the end of fiscal 2023. The Ariya will play a significant role in attaining that goal."
      Nissan also aims to introduce advanced driver assistance technologies in more than 20 models in 20 markets, and to have sold more than 1.5 million vehicles equipped with these systems in that same period.
      The all-new Nissan Ariya is scheduled to go on sale in Japan in mid-2021, followed by the U.S. and Canada later in the year. U.S. pricing will start around $40,000.
      Powerful performance for a wide range of needs
      Nissan was the first automaker to introduce a mass market electric vehicle with the Nissan LEAF in 2010, which has resulted in nearly 500,000 sales to date. Building on Nissan's strength as an EV pioneer, the Ariya takes the powerful performance and capabilities of zero-emission vehicles to the heart of the electric vehicle market.
      The car's all-electric drivetrain combines excellent power delivery, charging capabilities and range. Customers can choose from multiple configurations to meet their individual needs. These include two-wheel-drive and new "e-4ORCE" all-wheel drive versions, as well as two different battery sizes. The e-4ORCE all-wheel control system balances the powerful performance with a smooth, comfortable ride and all-weather capability. The system's twin electric motors provide balanced, assured handling with sports car-level power.
      Advanced design and technology for stress-free driving
      Ariya is also the most advanced embodiment of Nissan Intelligent Mobility in a car to date.
      Drivers will feel more confident and less stressed thanks to the available, next-generation ProPILOT Assist 2.0 advanced driver assistance system that uses driver attention monitoring to enable hands-off single-lane highway operation. Ariya will also offer e-Pedal, which allows the driver to start, accelerate and decelerate using only the accelerator pedal.
      Standard across the Ariya lineup is Nissan Safety Shield® 360, a suite of six advanced active safety and driver-assist technologies. This includes Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Rear Automatic Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and High Beam Assist. Ariya will also feature Nissan's Intelligent Around View Monitor, Intelligent Forward Collision Warning and other technologies aimed at making the drive easier and more enjoyable.
      A human-machine interface lets customers use natural speech to adjust car settings. Over-the-air firmware updates keep the Ariya feeling fresh and exciting. The Ariya also includes Amazon's Alexa to help customers simplify and organize their lives.
      Ariya will also feature wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ standard to help drivers seamlessly integrate their smartphone into their vehicle experience.
      Spacious, flat-floor cabin
      The Ariya's striking looks represent Nissan's new design language, Timeless Japanese Futurism. It is characterized by a distinctive Japanese approach, conveyed in a simple yet powerfully modern way.
      Nissan's designers took advantage of the car's new EV platform, which allows for a flat floor, and its compact climate control components to give the Ariya a very spacious cabin. The lounge-like interior, featuring thin profile Zero Gravity seats, provides a welcoming and comfortable environment for driver and passengers alike.
      "Nissan was a pioneer in the world of mass-market electric vehicles a decade ago with LEAF, setting the standard for affordable, mass-market electric vehicles. We expect nothing less for the new Nissan Ariya," said Gupta. "While the driving exhilaration of its acceleration and torque levels is undeniable, the Ariya offers balanced, customer-centric technology that is perfect for everyday use."
      Nissan Ariya Key Specifications
      Passenger configuration
      2-row, 5-passenger
      Drive configuration
      Front-wheel drive or e-4ORCE all-wheel drive
      Platform
      Newly developed Alliance CMF-EV
      Powertrain
      Single (FWD) / dual (e-4ORCE AWD) electric motor, Externally Excited Synchronous Motor (EESM)
      Battery capacity
      63 kWh / 87 kWh usable (total 65 kWh / 90 kWh)
      Thermal management
      Active battery management system
      Estimated range
      Up to approximately 300 miles (preliminary Nissan estimate)
      Level 2 charging
      Up to 7.2 kW
      DC charging type
      CCS standard up to 130 kW
      Output
      160 kW – 290 kW
      Torque
      221 lb-ft – 443 lb-ft
      Wheelbase
      109.3 in.
      Overall length
      182.9 in.
      Overall width
      74.8 in.
      Overall height
      65.4 in. – 65.7 (depending on roof rack)
      Cargo volume
      16.5 cu ft (FWD)
      14.6 (e-4ORCE)
      Wheel size
      19-inch or 20-inch
      Tire size
      235/55R19 or 255/45R20
      Available interior features
      Lounge-like space created by flat, open floor and slim-profile Zero Gravity seats; large, minimalist instrument panel with integrated capacitive haptic switches; innovative center storage box with fold-out tray, adjustable center console
      Available Advanced Driver Assist (ADAS) Technology
      ProPILOT Assist 2.0 featuring hands-off highway operation with Driver Monitoring System
      Available safety technology
      Nissan Safety Shield® 360 with Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, High Beam Assist and Rear Automatic Braking
      Model configurations
      Ariya standard and long range (FWD)
      Ariya standard range e-4ORCE and long range e-4ORCE (AWD)
      * NOTE: All specifications are as of July 2020 and are subject to homologation. Model names, features and specifications may vary by market. Subject to final validation.
    • By William Maley
      This week, Hagerty obtained a document from General Motors' executive director in charge of program management, Michelle Braun that says development on future car and truck programs has been paused due to the COVID-19 outbreak. But the document also mentions some intriguing information on upcoming powertrains for the C8 Corvette. Here are the details,
      Corvette Z06: 5.5L DOHC V8 known as the LT6 that will produce 650 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. No mention of any type of forced-induction. Corvette Gran Sport: 6.2L OHC V8 with a hybrid system that's expected to produce 600 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. Corvette ZR1: Twin-Turbo 5.5L DOHC V8, dubbed LT7. Output is expected to be 850 horsepower and 800 pound-feet. Corvette Zora: The powerhouse of the C8, it will take the Twin-Turbo LT7 and augment with a hybrid system. This is expected to produce 1,000 horsepower and 975 pound-feet of torque. Hagerty's report says the rollout of the new engines will begin in 2022 with the LT6, but the COVID-19 outbreak may push the plans back.
      Source: Hagerty

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    • By William Maley
      This week, Hagerty obtained a document from General Motors' executive director in charge of program management, Michelle Braun that says development on future car and truck programs has been paused due to the COVID-19 outbreak. But the document also mentions some intriguing information on upcoming powertrains for the C8 Corvette. Here are the details,
      Corvette Z06: 5.5L DOHC V8 known as the LT6 that will produce 650 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. No mention of any type of forced-induction. Corvette Gran Sport: 6.2L OHC V8 with a hybrid system that's expected to produce 600 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. Corvette ZR1: Twin-Turbo 5.5L DOHC V8, dubbed LT7. Output is expected to be 850 horsepower and 800 pound-feet. Corvette Zora: The powerhouse of the C8, it will take the Twin-Turbo LT7 and augment with a hybrid system. This is expected to produce 1,000 horsepower and 975 pound-feet of torque. Hagerty's report says the rollout of the new engines will begin in 2022 with the LT6, but the COVID-19 outbreak may push the plans back.
      Source: Hagerty
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