The large American sports car is partly electric. Chevy pulled the wraps off the 2024 Corvette E-Ray revealing a dual powertrain affair. A 6.2L Small Block V8 sits behind the driver in a mid-engine configuration. An electric motor is connected to the front wheels, providing AWD and instant torque for enhanced off-the-line launches. Together they take the Corvette into the electric future.
Chevy says this Corvette is the fastest production Corvette ever made with a 0-60 time in 2.5 seconds. That time upsets the current title holder, the monstrous 2019 Corvette ZR-1 that can hit 62 mph in 2.85 seconds.
But this electrified sports car doesn’t need to be plugged in to charge. Instead, the battery is charged solely by regenerative braking and when the vehicle is coasting.
The dual powertrain setup offers more benefits. Powered on both axles, the E-Ray features eAWD giving it better performance on the track and in adverse weather conditions. In addition, drivers can choose to run on battery power only, as long as the vehicle’s speed does not exceed 45 mph.
A single electric motor drives the front wheels. It produces 160 horsepower and 125 lb. of torque. ft. In combination with the 6.2L V8, the E-Ray delivers 655 hp.
The Corvette E-Ray isn’t the first sports car to look at two different powertrains. The Polestar 1 used a similar case, but in a different configuration. The main difference is that the E-Ray allows drivers to drive on an electric motor.
Chevy says the 2024 Corvette E-Ray will go on sale sometime in 2023. MSRP starts at $104,295 for the coupe and $111,295 for the 1LZ convertible model.