It's no secret that Chevrolet is building a hybrid C8 Corvette. It's also no secret that the mid-engine machine will have all-wheel drive. But now, we know exactly when a debut will take place. Save the date for 17 January 2023.
That's when the 2024 Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray will be revealed officially. Unofficially, we've already had a good look at it thanks to a website leak that previewed the car in Chevy's online visualiser. The accidental leak from Chevrolet didn't offer any mechanical details or performance specifications, but it did confirm the E-Ray name.
It also confirmed the hybrid will blend styling cues from the Z06 and Stingray models with some special E-Ray touches. The side intakes and wider stance are pure Z06, while the rear fascia with quad exhaust tips exiting the corners are Stingray features. At the front, the E-Ray wears its own lower fascia, something we see up close in the new teaser video.
We don't simply glimpse the 'Vette's exterior, however. Moving inside, we're shown a new driving mode called Stealth. There's no information describing what it does, but given the hybrid powertrain underneath, we suspect it could be an electric-only mode. If that's the case, not only would the E-Ray be the first electrified and first all-wheel-drive production model, it might also be the first front-wheel-drive Corvette. That's because an electric motor is expected to power the front wheels, with the Stingray's 6.2-litre LT2 V8 turning the rear.
Gallery: 2024 Chevy Corvette E-Ray as shown in visualizer
The V8 already makes up to 495 bhp in the Corvette Stingray. An alleged information leak from 2021 claimed an approximate 150-bhp gain from the electric powertrain, pushing total power output to around 650 bhp. That would slot the E-Ray just under the Z06, though all-wheel-drive grip could make the hybrid a bit quicker in straight-line sprints. But when corners crop up, the Z06 should remain the track-bred champion in the current Corvette lineup.
There's certainly plenty of time for Chevrolet to drop more teasers ahead of the E-Ray reveal. When the covers are lifted, we will have all the details right here at Motor1.com. In the meantime, check out the latest new-vehicle debuts in the Rambling About Cars podcast, available below.