The upcoming hybrid Corvette E-Ray was just spotted testing in prototype form, plying the public roads alongside the soon-to-be-departed second-generation Acura NSX.
For those readers who may be unaware, the hybrid Corvette E-Ray arrives as an indirect replacement for the Corvette Grand Sport, offering go-faster goodies that take the Corvette nameplate in a unique, unprecedented new direction.
The big ticket item here is the powertrain, which consists of an electrically assisted variant of the standard C8 Corvette Stingray’s naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 LT2 gasoline engine. In addition to the usual internal combustion goodness, the hybrid Corvette E-Ray will add in a pair of front-mounted electric motors, which means the E-Ray will not only be a hybrid, but will also sport all-wheel drive grip. Total output from this configuration is expected to hit around 600 horsepower.
As GM Authority reported earlier this week, the hybrid Corvette E-Ray will be offered as both a Coupe and a Convertible. Both body configurations can be seen in the above spy photo, as although they are covered with heavy camouflage, the placement of the rear-facing cameras indicates that the model with the camera in a higher position (pictured on the right) is the convertible, while the model with the camera in the lower position (pictured on the left) is the coupe.
Both body styles will also incorporate a widebody treatment, as well as revised front and rear fascias, as compared to the standard Corvette C8 Stingray. Also expect new wheel design, with carbon fiber rollers likely offered as an available option.
Spotting the hybrid Corvette E-Ray alongside the Acura NSX is no surprise – like the E-Ray, the second-gen NSX also boasts a mid-engine, hybrid, all-wheel drive powertrain. Specs for the Acura include a twin-turbo 3.5L V6 and three electric motors, two of which are located in front to power the front wheels. The third motor is located between the engine and the nine-speed automatic transmission. Output is rated at 573 horsepower and 476 pound-feet of torque, while the recently released Acura NSX Type S bumps that up to 600 horses.