High-Performance EV Manufacturer Genovation Will Debut Corvette-Based Supercar at CES 2018
If you’re a fan of the Corvette, you’re no doubt salivating at the thought of the 2019 ZR1 – the most powerful variant to date. That car has 755 horsepower on tap, 715 lb-ft of torque, and a purported 0-60 time under 3 seconds. With a top speed north of 200 MPH, the ZR1 is no doubt a beast. But how would you feel if I told you there was a more powerful, faster Corvette out there? Well, there is – sort of. Meet the Genovation GXE. It’s an all-electric supercar for those who want to drive fast and save the planet!
Technically, this is Genovation’s second-generation GXE model. The “old” version was a prototype based on the C6 Corvette, but it never officially debuted. The car you see above is based on the C7 Corvette, and Genovation has confirmed its world debut at CES 2018 next week.
Genovation GXE – Here’s what we know
First of all, you may be wondering what “GXE” stands for. Genovation dubs its EV supercar offering the “Genovation Extreme Electric”. It will have 800 horsepower, as well as 700 lb-ft of sweet, instantaneous torque. Not only that, but the Genovation GXE will also utilize a seven-speed manual transmission. Yep, a manual transmission in an electric car.
Why did they decide to do that? To catapult the GXE into the record books. With a single gear ratio, the set-and-forget-it nature of electric cars combined with mountains of torque makes EVs untouchable in the quarter mile. However, once you hit the top end of that single gear, that’s it. As a result, electric cars fall short in top speed runs. This car uses those seven gears to make the most of all that power and torque in pursuit of setting a top speed record. And they did it, setting a top speed of 209 MPH.
Despite the GXE’s neck-snapping thrust, it could travel 130 miles on a charge with a 44-kWh battery pack. Now, Genovation installed a new 60-kWh pack and put down more power, as well as managing 50/50 weight distribution. Quite the potential recipe.
Want a GXE? Prepare to Pay a Big Price
Genovation will debut the GXE on January 9 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Want one? Well, this isn’t going to be a cheap proposition. The company is currently only planning to produce a limited, 75-unit run. You’ll have to put in a $250,000 deposit, and pay $500,000 on top of that to secure your very own GXE. In case your index finger started quivering by the time you hit the plus sign on your calculator, that comes out to $750,000. Plus tax.
Most people will opt for the already Earth-scorchingly fast ZR1 instead. You can buy six of the LT5-powered ZR1s for the price of one of these. However, if you have the means, you could take satisfaction in knowing that you have one of the fastest electric cars on the planet. And no one will hear you coming.