Exactly 70 years after the Corvette debuted at Motorama in New York City, Chevrolet has returned to introduce the first-ever electrified Corvette with four-wheel drive and a powerful 6.2-liter LT2 small-block V-8, the 2024 Corvette E- Ray, introduce. “In 1953, the enthusiastic response to the Chevrolet Corvette concept sparked seven decades of passion, performance and American ingenuity,” said Mark Reuss, President of General Motors. “E-Ray takes it a step further as the first electrified Corvette with all-wheel drive and expands the promise of what Corvette can deliver.”
As a birthday present for itself, Corvette announces the E-Ray, an electrified version with four-wheel drive. With a total output of 655 hp, it is also the most powerful Vette of all time; the 6.2-liter V8 sticks to its 495 hp. It’s also the fastest at the stop light: the E-Ray does it from 0 to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds before hurtling through the quarter mile in 10.5 seconds.
The all-wheel drive of the Corvette E-Ray comes with an electric motor that drives the front wheels. It is powered by a battery with a modest 1.9 kWh capacity – so the purely electric range should be minimal, we estimate only 5-10 kilometers. The E-Ray is the first hybrid Corvette to receive a chassis update with MagnaRide 4.0 and three new colors. In addition, the hybrid is significantly wider, more than 9 centimeters wider to a proud 2.03 meters.
According to Chevrolet, the curb weight of the coupé is 1712 kilos, which surprises us, because the “normal” Vette is given 1730 kilos. Prices start at $104,295 for the coupe and $111,295 for the convertible; Deliveries will begin in summer 2023.