Chevrolet is working on a hybrid C8 Corvette, it’s not secret. The all-wheel drive will be standard on the mid-engine Corvette. We now know when the debut will be made. Keep the date in mind for January 17, 2023. The official unveiling of the 2024 Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray is scheduled for that day. We have seen it online, but we don’t know the official story. A website leak showed us a glimpse of the car through Chevy’s online visualizer. Chevrolet’s accidental leak didn’t provide any performance or mechanical details, but it confirmed the E-Ray name.
The hybrid will combine styling cues of the Z06/Stingray models with some E-Ray touches. Side intakes and a wider stance are Z06 features, while the rear fascia featuring quad exhaust tips that exit the corners is a Stingray feature. The front of the E-Ray has its own lower fascia. This is what we can see in the teaser video.
The exterior of the “Vette” is not all that we see. We are shown Stealth, a new mode of driving. We don’t know what it does but, given the hybrid powertrain beneath, it seems likely that it is an electric-only mode. If this is true, the E-Ray would not only be the first all-wheel-drive, electrified production vehicle, but it could also be the first front-wheel-drive Corvette. An electric motor will power the front wheels and the Stingray’s 6.2 liter LT2 V8 will drive the rear.
2024 Chevy corvette E-Ray Changes
Corvette Stingray already has 495 horsepower from the V8. According to a leak, the electric powertrain produced an estimated 150 horsepower more than the V8. This would increase total power output by around 650 horsepower. The E-Ray would be positioned just below the Z06, but the hybrid could run a little faster in straight-line sprints thanks to the all-wheel-drive grip. The Z06 should still be the track-bred champion of the current Corvette lineup when corners arise.
Chevrolet has plenty of time to release more teasers before the E-Ray reveals. Motor1.com will be able to provide all details once the covers have been lifted. You can still listen to the Rambling About Cars podcast for the most recent vehicle announcements.
Performance cars are changing rapidly. It is changing fast. Many cars no longer rely on internal combustion for power. Hybrids are gradually creeping into supercar and sports car markets. Hybrid supercars and hypercars, as well as full-electric versions of these cars, are appearing on the roads. The incoming electrification is affecting everyone. The revolution that is sweeping the automotive industry cannot be stopped by the Chevrolet Corvette, the all-American Chevrolet Corvette. A hybrid version called “E-Ray” is in development.
Since long ago, we knew that the Corvette E-Ray was coming in 2024. After the leak of the Corvette configurator, we are more certain. Chevrolet has now posted a teaser on the E-Ray, and it is currently scheduled for January 17th. Many may be disappointed that the Corvette will go hybrid. We don’t think so. The E-Ray is a significant step forward in the world of performance cars. Chevrolet is rightfully confident that this car will be a winner after the phenomenal C8 Z06 success.
Why is the Corvette E-Ray So Popular?
The E-Ray isn’t a fully-electric Corvette, but it does include all-new hybrid technology. We don’t know yet what the E-Ray’s under-hood will look like. We expect it to be powered by the same 6.2-liter V8 engine as the C8 Stingray. The machine will produce 490 horsepower and 470 lb/ft of torque. We have to admit, this engine is quite impressive. The hybrid unit will give the C8 E-Ray more power.
At the moment, hybrid power is expected to be around 115 horsepower. The E-Ray will have a combined power figure of 605 horsepower, making it one of the most powerful hybrid performance cars on the planet. The E-Ray may be the first Corvette to ever have an all-wheel drive. If true, this is yet another bold move by Chevrolet. With the introduction of the C8, the GM made the Corvette a mid-engine beast. There is a lot to be excited about in the new E-Ray.
A hybrid Corvette will be a controversial choice for many. Chevrolet should do this, and we agree. It ensures that the Corvette is recognized in the modern world. It must keep up with the times. Cars are getting greener. Gas-guzzling V8 engines can’t be allowed to continue forever. Remember that the Corvette’s core 6.2-liter V8 engine remains the heart and soul of the Corvette. This car will also be very cool.
The hybrid Corvette makes hybrids even cooler. It gets even cooler when you add the V8 engine. Chevrolet is putting even more power into the Corvette’s heart. We’re not losing power, but we are gaining. An electric version (a 100% electric version) is on the horizon. The hybrid version allows us to enjoy the roaring V8 engine for a bit longer. These cars should be enjoyed while they last because one day there won’t be a Corvette with a V8 engine.
What else do we know about the E-Ray Corvette?
Chevrolet has been very coy about sharing details about the E-Ray. It is rightly so. It’s easy to get details about a car out there in the digital age. However, the recent view of the car via the configurator shows it to be a two-door coupe with removable hardtop panels. We will likely see a hardtop convertible. The new E-Ray will also be larger and heavier than the C8 Stingray standard.
2024 Chevy corvette E-Ray Revealed
We don’t need to wait long before we see the E-Ray Corvette, regardless of what happens. This car has been one of the most interesting to come out of Chevrolet in a while. Many people can’t wait for the car to be seen in person, without the camouflage. This is a new world for Corvettes, and it’s far different from the one where the first Corvette was brought in. Performance cars must adapt to the changing times. Chevrolet has made sure that Corvette is just that.