Chevrolet Corvette Goes Hybrid As E-Ray Model Leaked In Configurator Website
The first ever hybrid Corvette, the E-Ray which is also the model’s first all-wheel drive variant, was accidentally revealed on Chevy’s online configurator showing the car’s finished look, its color options, and wheel choices. The goof was spotted by a member of the MidEngineCorvetteForum, who was just playing around with the C8 visualizer when he made the discovery.
Speaking of colors, the configurator shows a total of 13 colors for the 2024 model year. Riptide Blue Metallic, Cacti, and Sea-Wolf Gray Tri-Coat are new additions to the palette while Ceramic Matrix Gray, Elkhart Lake Blue, Caffeine Metallic, and White Pearl Tri-Coat will not be offered. Whether the new hues will be exclusive to the E-Ray or offered across the full range remains up in the air. Buyers will also have several wheel designs to choose from, including three made with weight-saving carbon fiber, and a new interior color called Artemis.
Based on the renderings in the leak, the E-Ray looks to use the same widened body and front end as the Corvette Z06, though with body-color trim in lieu of some black pieces found on the Z06. The rear-quarter panel badge houses a new “ERAY” badge, which can be spotted directly behind the car’s side blades.
It’s not just the body that has been carried over from the Z06 as the E-Ray seems to be getting all the goodies, with the obvious exception of the flat-plane LT6. It is missing the centrally mounted exhaust tips of the spicy version, but other than that, it’s pretty much the same. The absence of a charging port shows it won’t be a plug-in hybrid.
The E-Ray is expected to use the same 490 hp 6.2-liter LT2 V8 as the regular C8 but augmented with an electric motor on the front axle that will give the E-Ray all-wheel drive and a total system output of around 600 hp.
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