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Chevrolet Introduces Hybrid Corvette

Chevrolet has introduced the Corvette E-Ray hybrid, the first-ever electrified Corvette with all-wheel-drive and a 6.2L LT2 Small Block V-8.

“In 1953, the enthusiastic reaction to the Chevrolet Corvette concept kicked off seven decades of passion, performance and American ingenuity,” said Mark Reuss, General Motors president. “E-Ray, as the first electrified, all-wheel-drive Corvette, takes it a step further and expands the promise of what Corvette can deliver.”

The new E-Ray—available in removeable roof coupe and hardtop convertible models—is the quickest production Corvette in history, according to Chevrolet, clocking a 2.5-second 0-60 mph time and 10.5-second quarter-mile time.

Power comes from a 6.2L LT2 Small Block V-8, putting 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque to the rear axle. It is complemented by an electric motor that channels an additional 160 horsepower and 125 lb-ft of torque through the front wheels via a 1.9 kWh battery pack, which is located between the seats. In total, E-Ray produces a combined 655 horsepower from both the electric motor and Small Block V-8. The battery is charged via regenerative energy from coasting and braking, as well as during normal driving.

Additional features and technologies of the all-new E-Ray include:

  • Stealth Mode, an electric drive mode for the street, up to 45 mph
  • New lightweight lithium-ion 12-volt battery that supports the LT2 V-8 engine’s stop/start functionality
  • Standard Brembo Carbon Ceramic brake system
  • Standard Magnetic Ride Control 4.0 with three distinct suspension settings
  • Staggered 20- and 21-inch wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport all-season tires. Michelin Pilot Sport 4S summer tires are available with an optional performance package
  • Low, wide stance with crafted body styling that is 3.6 inches wider overall than Stingray
  • Visceral sound experience
  • Enhanced roster of driver assistance technologies

The 2024 Corvette E-Ray’s electrified propulsion system provides acceleration to power out of corners and complete passing maneuvers. It can also provide limited all-electric propulsion at the driver’s discretion upon startup, Chevrolet engineers said. E-Ray’s standard Active Fuel Management system also uses the electric motor to extend 4-cylinder operation in various driving scenarios.

The amount of electric assist is tailored within each of the Corvette E-Ray’s six driver-selectable modes: Tour, Sport, Track, Weather, My Mode and Z-Mode. Drivers can also select the Charge+ feature which maximizes the battery’s state of charge.

E-Ray Performance App on the infotainment system provides the driver with technical insights into how the propulsion system is operating. There are three primary display layouts:

  • Gauges (displays dynamic power output from electric motor and V-8 engine)
  • Dyno (provides graph of power/torque across selectable time intervals)
  • Data (showcases electrical system performance and efficiency).

The E-Ray shares its proportions with the Z06, accommodating wide wheels. The lightweight alloy wheels have a twisted five-spoke star design that is exclusive to E-Ray.

E-Ray design highlights include:

  • Four aluminum wheel finishes
  • Fourteen exterior color choices — including new for 2024 Riptide Blue, Seawolf Gray and Cacti
  • An E-Ray-exclusive body-length stripe package in Electric Blue
  • Standard carbon flash badging
  • Available black exhaust tips and bright badging
  • Available carbon fiber ground effects
  • Optional carbon fiber wheels in carbon flash, visible carbon fiber finish or visible carbon fiber with a red stripe

The E-Ray also introduces the all-new Artemis Dipped interior, which features complementary deep green tones on nearly every interior surface and will only be available on 2024 Corvettes. There are multiple options for customers to select when it comes to personalizing their E-Ray’s interior including two carbon fiber trim packages, three seat choices, seven interior colors, and more.

Chevrolet Introduces Hybrid Corvette | THE SHOP

A.J. Hecht

A.J. Hecht is the associate editor of THE SHOP and host of the In Gear with THE SHOP podcast. Have an idea, a tip, or a question you’d like to see answered? Contact A.J. at ahecht@cahabamedia.com.

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