The 2024 Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray debuts as the first-ever electrified model of the iconic sports car. With its electric motor and 6.2-litre V8, the hybrid model has a total output of 655 bhp (481 kilowatts). Chevrolet claims the E-Ray can reach 60 miles per hour (96 kilometres per hour) in 2.5 seconds, making it the quickest production 'Vette ever. The sprint through the quarter-mile reportedly takes 10.5 seconds at a speed of 130 mph (209 kph).
On its front axle, the E-Ray has an electric motor making 160 bhp (120 kW) and 125 pound-feet (165 Newton-metres). A 1.9-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery powers the system. In Stealth Mode, the hybrid Corvette can drive without running the V8 at up to 45 mph (72 kph). Chevrolet positions this setting as being for things like quietly exiting a neighbourhood.
Gallery: 2024 Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray
The combustion engine powertrain component is the familiar LT2 6.2-litre V8 from the Stingray. It makes 495 bhp (369 kW) and 470 lb-ft (637 Nm) in this application. The E-Ray also has a new lightweight 12-volt lithium-ion battery that powers the ICE's stop-start system.
Beyond the new powertrain, the E-Ray has other features to make it special. The Magnetic Ride Control 4.0 suspension system comes standard. All of them also get Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes. This Corvette rides on Michelin Pilot Sport all-season tyres with a staggered 20- and 21-inch size. Michelin Pilot Sport 4S summer rubber is an optional upgrade.
In terms of design, the E-Ray is 90 millimetres (3.6 inches) wider than the standard Stingray. It boasts a different front fascia with more prominent horizontal elements. At the back, there are new vents in the bumper.
Buyers will be able to select 14 exterior colours, including the new shades Riptide Blue, Seawolf Gray, and Cacti. Carbon Flash badges will be standard, and customers will be able to add a carbon ground effects kit. The E-Ray will be available with a model-exclusive body stripe in Electric Blue. As an alternative, black exhaust tips and bright badging will be optional. There will be four aluminium wheel designs and a carbon fibre choice.
Chevy also announces that all 2024 Corvettes benefit from updated driver assistance technology. They now come with lane-keep assist with departure warning, forward-collision alert, and automatic emergency braking.
The E-Ray will go on sale later this year. Chevy won't provide an exact date, but the 2024 model year will likely mean an arrival in the second half of 2023. Pricing will start at $104,295 (approx. £85,350) for the 1LZ coupe and $111,295 (£91,100) for the 1LZ convertible.