New details arrive closer to the launch.
It's been several months since there have been any updates regarding the upcoming Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray, the hybrid variant of the C8 generation. The attention has instead been placed on the troubled C8 production and the track-focused Z06. But now it's time to circle back to what could be the most interesting C8 variant - or any Corvette variant of all time - thanks to new insider information obtained by Muscle Cars and Trucks.
First off, the hybrid Vette appears to be more powerful than previous rumors suggested. The 600-horsepower output could be closer to 650 hp thanks to the familiar 6.2-liter LT2 V8 being connected to what's being called an "e-booster," essentially an electronic motor located on the front axle.
The gas engine itself will continue to produce the same 490-495 horsepower as in the Stingray, but the newly added electric assist cranks things up several notches. And yes, the E-Ray will be the first all-wheel drive Corvette. Aside from total output, 0-60 mph is said to take only around 2 seconds flat. This same source further claims that electric motor has another function: low-speed zero-emissions driving up to around 20-35 mph.
What other supercar can do that? The $225k McLaren Artura. The E-Ray is expected to be far less pricey than that, though, and once again could serve to show just how well the Corvette punches above its weight. It also goes go to show that far less expensive sports cars can also greatly benefit from this technology. There will likely be an even more powerful variant coming that will battle the Ferrari SF90 Stradale. That honor belongs to the 1,000-hp Corvette Zora allegedly in the works. It too will boast electrification with an advanced AWD system, but it's still a few years out.
The E-Ray, as already learned, will replace the Grand Sport in the lineup, meaning it'll slot above the base Stingray and below the Z06 and Zora. It's still unknown whether the E-Ray will be a plug-in hybrid but a source claims it'll "regen to charge." Meanwhile, the eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox will remain, though this has been known for a while, and pricing should begin at less than $100,000. Considering the high output and blistering performance, that's still one heck of a bargain.
The Z06 is the next C8 variant to debut but the E-Ray is now reportedly in advanced testing stages. Hopefully, we'll be seeing more detailed spy shots in the coming months.