GM Authority spies have just spotted the upcoming Corvette E-Ray testing without any vinyl camouflage for the first time, giving us a relatively clear view of the hybrid sports car.
The photos were captured on German roads surrounding the infamous Nurburgring race track, a favorite among car manufacturers looking to test their latest and greatest performance models. As such, it stands to reason that Chevy was evaluating the Corvette E-Ray prototype on the challenging German race circuit.
Without heavy vinyl coverings, this Corvette E-ray prototype shows a number of externally visible features, starting with the widebody treatment at both the front and rear fenders.
The front fascia appears to be identical to that of the recently-teased C8 Z06, with a large center intake flanked by a set of ducts, followed by even larger intakes just below the headlights.
The body side features reconfigured fenders and intake treatment to work with the widebody configuration. Though the camo does a good job of obfuscating the side air intake, it looks like it will feature the same “wishbone” treatment as the recently-shown Z06.
At the rear resides a subtle spoiler, along with a set of outboard exhaust pipes with quad, squared tips at the sides of the lower fascia, identical to those on the C8 Corvette Stingray. By comparison, the C8 Z06 – which will also have the same widebody treatment as the E-Ray – will feature a center-exit exhaust.
Interestingly, this Corvette E-Ray prototype also has smaller brake rotors than the 2023 Corvette Z06. The split seven-spoke wheels, which we haven’t seen previously since they were covered by wheel covers – feature a black finish and appear to be wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires, the same tire compound used on the Z51-equipped Corvette C8 Stingray. Meanwhile, Stingray models without the Z51 package feature Michelin Pilot All Season 4 tires.
While the exterior features are certainly noteworthy, the most important updates will be under the skin. The Corvette E-Ray will boast the same atmospheric 6.2L V8 LT2 engine as the C8 Corvette Stingray, but the gasoline engine will be mated to a new hybrid system.
The hybrid system is expected to mount a pair of electric motors in the front of the vehicle to power the front wheels, complementing the gasoline engine that drives the rear wheels, making the new Corvette E-Ray all-wheel drive. Peak output is expected to land around 600 horsepower.
As you can see, this prototype has no visible charge door. This is in line with what GM Authority sources have told us about the vehicle, namely that it will not be a plug-in hybrid model, but a regular hybrid.
Late in August, we spotted prototypes of the upcoming Corvette E-Ray testing alongside another hybrid all-wheel drive sports car – the Acura NSX. That test session gave us a chance to hear the new E-Ray accelerate, showing off not only the mid-mounted LT2, but also the front tires digging into the pavement thanks to the newfound electric motors.
As GM Authority covered previously, the C8 E-Ray will be available in both Coupe and Convertible body styles. The model seen here is the Coupe, which will feature a removable roof panel like the currently-available C8 Stingray. The Convertible will feature the same hard-top convertible setup as the Stingray ‘vert.
The E-Ray will represent an indirect replacement for the Corvette Grand Sport, which will not be available for the Corvette C8. Besides the Stingray, Z06 and E-Ray, the C8 family is also expected to include the C8 ZR1 and the range-topping C8 Zora.