Initially announced in October 2016 by Maryland-based Genovation Cars, the GXE will finally make its debut in pre-production metal on January 9 during the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Together with the disclosure about the performance EV’s long-awaited public unveiling, the company reported it has upgraded the technical specifications and now the numbers are a lot more remarkable.
While initially the C7 Grand Sport-based GXE was rated at over 660 horse power (492 kilowatts) and 600 pound-feet (813 Newton-meters) of torque, the twin-motor powertrain will in fact provide a tremendous 800+ hp (597+ kW) and in excess of 700 lb-ft (949 Nm). To put those numbers into point of view, the new Corvette ZR1 with its supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine offers 755 hp (563 kW) and 715 lb-ft (969 Nm).
Then there is the information about performance, just as shocking as the rest of the information listed in the official specs sheet. The sprint to 60 mph (96 kph) will take less than 3 seconds and top speed will surpass 220 mph (354 kph). It will all be possible thanks to Genovation Cars’ newest and greatest electric powertrain and battery technology, which the company states it is stemmed from Le Mans and F1.
the GXE will feature a 60-kWh pack which will be enough for roughly 130 miles (209 kilometers) of range between charges in an electric Vette set to have an almost perfect 50:50 weight distribution.
It ought to not come as a big surprise the GXE won’t come low-cost offered the performance it will be able to provide and its restricted availability of simply 75 cars. Those in the market for a remarkably fast electric Corvette will need to spend a cool $750,000 and patiently wait till the 4th quarter of 2019 when customer deliveries will start. That’s definitely a great deal of money to spend on an EV, but then again, the defunct Audi R8 E-Tron retailed for a large $1 million.
Genovation Cars caught attention in 2016 after its C6-based electric Z06 Corvette developed a new world record on July 28 for a street-legal electric car by hitting 205.6 miles per hour (330.8 kph). The company enhanced its own record in March 2017 by reaching 209 miles per hour (336.3 kph) at the Shuttle Landing Facility in Florida.