GM's 670 horsepower Corvette rages against the end of the combustion age

General Motors plans to launch electric vehicles, SUVs and perhaps even pickups based on the Corvette.

Car And Driver reported that the automaker plans to make Corvette a "sub-brand" and produce electric vehicles by 2025.

The revamp of the Corvette isn't solely updating a sportscar but expanding the portfolio. Other supercar brands such as Ferrari and Porsche offer SUVs and Lamborghini recently unveiled an offroading supercar.

What matters isn't how many doors a Corvette has but the signature Corvette design that allows anyone who looks at the car to know that it's a Corvette. This doesn't mean copying and pasting the iconic design. Switching to the Ultium battery platform opens the possibility of creating a new Corvette.

The source within the GM Tech Center called the first designs "copies of nothing" and that the designs "encapsulated emotional purity" when it came to the visual theme.

The engineering behind the proposals is easier to picture, including high-energy density battery packs, highspeed software, miniaturized componentry, ultra-efficient inverters and even a patented cooling concept. There's also an 800-volt electrical system capable of providing up to 350 kilowatts of charging power along with a two-speed transmission, multi-mode four-wheel steering and torque vectoring.

"The aim is not to beat Taycan and Cayenne at their own game but to create three American legends capable of breaking new ground by making the essence of Corvette scalable. To do so, that essence must at all times be in a state of progressive flux," explained Car And Driver's source about the plans.