A hybrid version of the C8 Chevrolet Corvette has been rumored for years but was finally confirmed in April, along with plans for an electric Corvette.
While an all-electric Vette is likely to be a few years away, the hybrid will be available in the summer of 2023 under the Corvette E-Ray name. Given the timing, we’ll likely see it arrive as a 2024 model.
Our latest spy footage shows a prototype with no camouflage gear. That shouldn’t come as a surprise, as photos of the car have recently surfaced on Chevy’s website, although they did see them removed.
The car shares the same wide-body styling as the Corvette Z06 launched for 2023, although the Z06 features some black accents for the aero parts, while the E-Ray uses body color for those parts.
Previous spy footage shows prototypes with the Corvette’s coupe and convertible body styles, as well as left- and right-hand drive layouts. Chevy engineers also had a Corvette Stingray and Acura NSX for comparison in the earlier shots.
The E-Ray is expected to have one or two electric motors driving the front axle and the Stingray’s 6.2-liter V8 driving the rear axle. An early teaser video showed a prototype being tested on snow with the front wheels turning under their own power, suggesting all-wheel drive. An electric motor integrated into the Corvette’s 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and capable of driving the rear wheels is also a possibility, according to a recent patent.
The peak power should be between 600 and 650 hp. A more powerful hybrid configuration is expected during the C8 Corvette product cycle and rumor has it that it will be a top-of-the-line variant called the Zora.
Yes, more electrification is coming to the Corvette lineup, including, as mentioned above, all-electric performance. The electric Corvette will likely use General Motors’ Ultium platform, which offers up to 1,000 horsepower in the 2022 GMC Hummer EV. News of an electric Corvette shouldn’t come as much of a surprise considering GM said last year that it aims to have all of its light-duty vehicles electrified by 2035. What might come as a surprise to some is that we may see the electric Corvette lineup expand with additional body styles, such as: B. an SUV. However, nothing has been confirmed in this regard.