Earlier this week, we featured new spy shots of the upcoming C8 Corvette E-Ray Hybrid, and now, we’re getting another look at the electrified Vette with a fresh round of photos. While we fully expect others to identify this prototype as the upcoming C8 Corvette Z06, what we’re actually looking at is in fact a more completed version of the E-Ray.
One of the most notable things we see in these new photos is a heavy dose of exterior cladding and camouflage, which is in place to hide the fact that the new Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray will have different exterior elements compared to the standard Chevrolet Corvette C8 Stingray.
This prototype is also definitely all-wheel-drive. Looking at the corners, we find the wheels are covered up in new camouflage, hiding the electric motors underneath.
There’s also exhaust pipes in back, and they too are definitely working. As for the powertrain setup, the C8 Corvette E-Ray Hybrid will be analogous to the current Stingray model, but will also equip hybrid components that include an electric drive unit ahead of the cargo area, as well as four centrally mounted 1.94-kWh batteries. The hybrid components will add an extra 115 horsepower and 111 pound-feet of torque, and will mate to the same all-atmosphere 6.2L LT2 V8 as the standard 2020 Corvette Stingray, boosting output to around 600 ponies total.
Again, we need to reiterate that this is not the new C8 Corvette Z06. Rather, the C8 Corvette Z06 will come equipped with a 5.5L V8 DOHC with a flat-plane-crank. The new ‘eight will be naturally-aspirated, not twin-turbo, and will produce around 650 horsepower.
As for the E-Ray, look for it to launch late in 2020 or early next year, with both a Coupe and Convertible model on offer. We will provide more info on the upcoming C8 Corvette Z06 in follow-up posts.