The new Corvette E-Ray is well on its way, with General Motors teasing the forthcoming hybrid in a brief video showing off the sport car’s all-wheel drive system. Notably, the Corvette E-ray featured in the new teaser video features a five-spoke wheel design previously spotted on a Corvette E-Ray prototype model.
Let’s start with the prototype. Back in December, GM Authority brought you spy photos that show a C8 Corvette E-Ray prototype completely undisguised, giving us a look at things like a wide body treatment, carbon fiber aero bits, and an outboard exhaust treatment, as well as a few other bits and pieces. Critically, the undisguised prototype also shows off a five-spoke wheel design that looks quite a bit like the carbon fiber five-spoke wheels offered with the Z07 Performance Package of the C8 Corvette Z06.
Fast forward to earlier this week, and GM is showing off the new Corvette E-Ray in a 26-second teaser video that features the hybrid accelerating hard on a snowy, icy surface. Naturally, the wheels are spinning with heavy throttle application, but that doesn’t stop us from seeing that the vehicle in the teaser video is running the same five-spoke wheels as the prototype spotted late last year.
Critically, the Corvette E-Ray will not only be the first hybrid Corvette put into production, but it will also be the first all-wheel drive Corvette put into production. Making the go will be a hybridized version of the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 LT2 gasoline engine, offered in non-hybrid guise with the C8 Corvette Stingray. With the hybrid equipment attached, including an electric motor mounted up front to drive the front axle, output is expected to climb to around 600 horsepower.
Essentially, the new Corvette E-Ray will serve as an indirect replacement for the Grand Sport in the Corvette lineup. Look for the E-Ray to debut later in 2022 and launch for the 2024 model year.