What badges the Corvette will wear is still under intense discussion internally. It’s widely expected the Zora nameplate – referencing Zora ArkusDuntov, the ‘father’ of the original 1953 Corvette – will grace the C8 Corvette. Holden trademarked the Zora name six months before GM Asia-pacific chief Stefan Jacoby confirmed Australia would get a V8 sports car, without detailing which one.
Overseas GM has reserved E-ray, which is expected to be applied to the hybrid flagship. Whether Australia will get the classic Corvette wings badge is a matter for IP Australia, which last year rejected an application to register the logo on the grounds it too closely represents the Red Cross. Holden has since reapplied and is awaiting a response.
Dramatic, Simcoeapproved exterior will incorporate active aerodynamic elements front and rear for reduced lift, improved stability and an ultralow coefficient of drag. For the two Ice-only variants, expect two different spec V8 engines. Choice between new supercharged dohc ‘LT5’, or pushrod 375kw small block. High-tech architecture to make use of advanced materials, including carbon composites for structural components. Will be built in left- and right-hand drive. A 500kw hybrid, likely called E-ray, will be the range-topper. Battery packs will be under the floor and in the nose, with electric motors powering the front wheels.