After quite a bit of teasing, the hybrid Corvette is finally here, and this is quite an evolution for one of America’s greatest sports cars. We’ve already gone mid-engine, but now we’re adding electrification — and all-wheel-drive (AWD).
Say hello to the 2024 Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray!
What Gives the Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray its Charge?
So what does power this thing? The E-Ray has a 6.2-liter V8 mounted in the middle. That engine produces 495 horsepower. Up front, there’s an electric motor that delivers 160 hp. When these two go Captain Planet and combine their powers, the result is 655 hp. The electric motor can produce 125 lb-ft of torque, while the V8 is good for 470 lb-ft.
Per Chevy, the electric bits add around 300 pounds to the curb weight, consisting of the motor mentioned above and a 1.9-kWh battery back. Despite the additional heft, this E-Ray is quick. Chevy quotes a 0-60 mph time of just 2.5 seconds. The quarter-mile happens in just 10.5 seconds. The E-Ray is the quickest production Corvette — ever. It even beats the new Z06 by one-tenth of a second.
Even though it’s a hybrid, it’s still quite a sporting machine. The electric motor helps the car rip forth from a stop, and the e-AWD system should allow for some amazing handling characteristics. Still, you can also run this thing completely quietly in Stealth Mode. Chevrolet says you’ll only see around five miles of pure electric range. Plus, you can only go up to 45 mph in Stealth Mode. That’s fine because this is still a Corvette. More often than not, you’ll probably want to listen to that V8 roar. It’s nice to know you can quiet things down when necessary.
What Does the Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray Look Like?
As for looks, Chevy fits the E-Ray with the broader body found on the Z06. Additionally, you get the massive carbon-ceramic brakes as standard kit. Instead of super sticky tires, the E-Ray wears Michelin Pilot All Seasons, and they’re big. The fronts are 275s on 20-inch wheels, and you have 345s on 21-inch wheels out back. That’s an insanely wide tire in the rear.
Chevrolet will offer the Corvette E-Ray in both coupe and convertible body styles. The base price of an E-Ray 1LZ coupe is $102,900. The convertible starts at $109,900; those prices don’t include the $1,395 destination freight charge. So the E-Ray costs a lot more than a base Stingray but carries on nicely from the top of the Stingray line while also staying below the Z06’s starting price point. And the E-Ray isn’t positioning itself as a monster like the Z06.
The E-Ray is a high-level grand tourer-type Corvette. And it’s a proper all-weather one. The specs are impressive, the performance should be quite entertaining, and this E-Ray opens the door for even more insane models.
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