A hybrid version of the C8 Chevrolet Corvette has been rumored for years but was finally confirmed in April, together with plans for an electric Corvette.

Our latest spy shots and video taken at the Nürburgring show fresh prototypes for the hybrid Corvette which is rumored to be called the Corvette E-Ray, trademarks for which were discovered as far back as 2015.

Earlier shots show prototypes with the Corvette's coupe and convertible body styles, as well as its left- and right-hand-drive layouts. Chevy engineers also had a Corvette Stingray and Acura NSX for benchmarking in the earlier shots.

The fact that the NSX, a hybrid supercar with dual motors up front and a V-6 and single motor combo at the rear, is the only rival model being used for benchmarking points to a hybrid Corvette being tested here. Recall, Chevy also used the Audi R8, Ferrari 458 Italia, and Porsche 911 Carrera S when developing the Stingray.

A look inside the prototypes also show the instrument clusters covered up. This is likely to hide new details specific to the hybrid Corvette.

We can also see that the prototypes feature a new wide-body design that's shared with the Corvette Z06 seen in some of the shots and launched for the 2023 model year. The hybrid Corvette will likely also arrive as a 2023 model, with the reveal possibly taking place later this year. The car is expected to serve as the replacement for the previous C7 Corvette's Grand Sport grade.

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (left) and Corvette E-Ray spy shots - Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (left) and Corvette E-Ray spy shots - Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and Corvette E-Ray spy shots - Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and Corvette E-Ray spy shots - Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (left) and Corvette E-Ray spy shots - Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (left) and Corvette E-Ray spy shots - Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

It isn't clear what powertrain the hybrid Corvette we know there will be an electric drive system, likely a single motor, powering the front axle and the Stingray's 6.2-liter V-8 powering the rear axle. Peak output is expected to fall between 600 and 650 hp, and we could even see plug-in capability, which would mean a small electric range will be possible.

A more potent hybrid system with an electric drive system also at the rear axle is expected to be reserved for a future Corvette Zora flagship.

Yes, more electrification is coming to the Corvette lineup, including, as mentioned above, full-electric power. The electric Corvette will use General Motors' Ultium platform which in the 2022 GMC Hummer EV offers up to 1,000 hp. News of an electric Corvette shouldn't come as much of a surprise considering GM last year said it was aiming to have all of its light vehicles powered by electricity by 2035. What might surprise some is that we may eventually see the electric Corvette lineup expanded with additional body styles, such as an SUV. However, nothing on that front has been confirmed yet.