New Video Provides Closer Look At Electric Genovation Corvette

FEB 4 2018 BY CHRIS BRUCE 5

The boost in performance doesn’t come cheap.

Genovation unveiled the production form of its electric conversion of the Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport at this year’s CES, and a new video has given us a better idea of what the performance EV looks like on the road. The company even gives us a chance to see underneath the body at the tech that makes this coupe so special.

At a price of $750,000, the GXE conversion costs over 10 times more than the Corvette Grand Sport coupe’s $66,590 base price. However, the work provides a healthy power output upgrade. Where the standard 6.2-liter V8 makes 460 horsepower (343 kilowatts) and 465 pound-feet (631 Newton-meters) of torque, the twin-motor electric drivetrain pushes things to over 800 hp (597 kW) and in excess of 700 lb-ft (949 Nm). This is enough to get the coupe to 60 mph (96 kph) in less than three seconds and top speed allegedly beyond 220 mph (354 kph). However, the 60-kilowatt-hour battery provides a meager 130 miles (209 kilometers) of range in normal driving, though. Being more aggressive behind the wheel would mean even shorter distances on a charge.

The GXE largely maintains the Corvette’s styling. A revised front fascia features a body-color mesh grille, and there’s a massive diffuser at the back. Green brake calipers add a colorful flourish to the exterior. The interior shares a lot with the ‘Vette, too, but Genovation adds custom touches. Each conversion is a bespoke build, so buyers are free to pick colors and materials.

Buyers need to be patient to get the GXE conversion. After putting down the required $250,000 deposit, deliveries don’t begin until the fourth quarter of 2019. Genovation will only build 75 examples of the converted Corvettes.

While the GXE is pricey, it comes from a company that understands how to build a speedy EV. In March 2017, Genovation’s heavily modified C6 Corvette EV set a new speed record for a street-legal electric vehicle by hitting 209 mph (336.3 kph) at the Kennedy Space Center’s Shuttle Landing facility.

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5 Comments on "New Video Provides Closer Look At Electric Genovation Corvette"

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Per “After putting down the required $250,000 deposit, deliveries don’t begin until the fourth quarter of 2019.”, Hmmm…just a bit sooner than Tesla expects to get their new Roadster out to 1st buyers! And that ‘Down Payment’ would get you the Whole Founders Edition Tesla Roadster, with Lots more range, and quite possibly – more top speed, if that is your thing!

However, any ‘Poor Boy’ could buy the new Tesla Roadster, while at a price of $750,000, the GXE is going to be a more limmited collectors piece, especially with just 75 being planned to be built!

The 2019 ZR1 which is coming out later this year will shame all othe current sports cars for a fraction of the price. It still makes 755HP, and just shamed every othe production sports car around VIR. Including the $450K Ford GT, and million dollAR cars such as the 918, etc. All for about $125K. And as far as too speed, the ZR1 could cruise 200mph for sustained periods of tI’m compared to this $750k electric Corvette.

http://www.foxnews.com/auto/2018/02/01/2019-chevrolet-corvette-zr1-just-embarrassed-ford-gt.html

And yes the Tesla Roadster 2.0 could have all the power in the world and still not handle anywhere close to the ZR1 on a road course or handle sustained speeds over 200mph. Probably very doubtful unless battery weights are slashed to nearly nothing.

wavelet

What is the target market here?? As I see it, a conversion is either intended to electrify an old and/or classic used ICE car, or save a lot of time and money by doing a conversion instead of from-scratch design.

This doesn’t do either.

People who cna afford a $750K car can most likely afford a $980K car… The Rimac COncept one is better than this in every single aspect:
1) It already exists and all specs are proven;
2) Much more power (~1100vs. 800 HP)
3) Higher torque (1200lbf-ft vs. 700)
4) Same top speed (355km/h)
5) Better acceleration (2.5sec 0-60mph vs. “under 3sec”)
6) Larger battery (62kWh vs. 60kWh)
7) Much better range (130mi vs. 215mi)
8) 4 motors with torque vectoring, including switchable fornt/rear/4WD, vs. 2 motors RWD only.

And there are other electric supercars…

Jason

Just shy of $700,000 buys a lot of conversion. Just buy a ‘vette and get someone to convert it for you, I bet you could do a scratch conversion for a lot less.