The Corvette E-Ray will offer enhanced performance over the regular model thanks to its advanced plug-in hybrid powertrain. Previous reports indicated the electric portion of the E-Ray’s new hybrid powertrain would consist of a single electric motor mounted at the front of the vehicle, but Chevy has now decided to double up on the number of front-mounted motors in the vehicle.
According to the Society of Automotive Engineers, the Corvette E-Ray will feature two independently controlled front electric motors producing 50-plus horsepower each. The future Corvette variant will utilize the same 6.2L LT2 V8 engine as the base model, which produces 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque when equipped with the optional performance exhaust. Between the two electric motors and naturally aspirated V8 engine, the E-Ray should have a combined system output of over 600 horsepower.
This power increase, coupled with the torque vectoring capabilities of the independently controlled electric motors, will give the E-Ray significantly improved performance over the regular Corvette Stingray. The vehicle will gain a little bit of weight, however, mainly due to the presence of a small 1.94 kWh lithium-ion battery mounted in the middle of the chassis. The mounting position for the two front electric motors will also rob the vehicle of some “frunk” space, though the front storage area will still have a limited amount of room for smaller items.
As we reported previously, the Corvette E-Ray will indirectly replace the Corvette Grand Sport in the C8 Corvette’s model lineup. The E-Ray is also expected to receive the same widebody treatment as the upcoming Corvette Z06, mimicking the C7 Corvette Grand Sport, which shared its wider track and flared out fenders with the C7 Corvette Z06.
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