It's going to change the perception of the sports car in a big way.
The Chevrolet Corvette is always a great topic of conversation because there's just so much to talk about. Whether it's drag racing, endurance racing, or an electrified version of the sports car, something is always happening. That last subject is a touchy one because as the people behind the Mustang Mach-E know all too well, messing with a traditionally V8-powered icon can really flare up some tempers. But regardless of what the purists want, electrification is coming, and soon. So what can we expect from an electrified Corvette? Well, we know that it's likely to be called the E-Ray, and we know it'll be quicker than the Z06 model. The rest of the details are just as intriguing.
Although not immediately apparent on our render above, the E-Ray is expected to wear widebody clothing and will effectively replace the Grand Sport variant. Thanks to leaked documents, we also know that the E-Ray is expected to be fitted with an AWD system, which will enable that crazy acceleration the Z06 won't be able to match. This system will be made up of the existing LT2 6.2-liter V8 and eight-speed dual-clutch as they exist in the regular models, along with a pair of independently controlled "50-plus" horsepower AC electric motors on the front axle. Although the battery cells will go in the places that are currently filled by front radiator lines, the electric motors have nowhere to go but the frunk, so expect space there to be greatly diminished.
Altogether, we're looking at output of around 600 hp, but the real reason this car is being built is to lower emissions. As a result, it'll be interesting to see exactly how the electric Vette makes use of its power. Conflicting reports regarding whether the E-Ray will be a plug-in hybrid or will only be able to charge its batteries through regeneration have meant that we will have to wait to see how practical this car will be as an EV, assuming that it can be driven on electric power alone.
Regardless of the powertrain, the car itself should look even wider than regular models even without its increased physical footprint thanks to a smoother design that needs no vents at the front. However, we do expect that the production version will have the side intakes we've deleted as that V8 still needs to be fed, along with vents at the rear for cooling.
As for pricing, you can bet it'll cost more than the regular car's base price of around $60,000, but we doubt it'll stray into six-figure territory until you add some options. With regards to direct competition, the closest in terms of layout and style is probably Acura's NSX, but if that car will still be around by the time the E-Ray rolls around is yet to be seen. Let's just hope it's as good to drive as the Japanese legend.