Having brought you several sightings of 2024 Corvette C8 E-Ray prototypes along with the well-publicized configurator leak, GM Authority spies have just captured what is the most detailed look to date at the upcoming hybrid Corvette.
GM engineers sought to hide the new Vette in plain sight by giving it Corvette C8 Z06 badges, but left a visible “smoking gun” that strips away the attempted disguise. We’ll get to that in a second.
The camo covering most of the exterior the last time we spied the model is gone on this Corvette E-Ray prototype, fully unmasking the upcoming C8 variant’s design. The model seen here is the hardtop Convertible model finished in the sleek Hypersonic Gray paint.
On full display is the wide body treatment from the C8 Z06, with body-color accents that recently became available as an option on that model, and that we showed you in an exclusive real world photo gallery. These body-color accents can be seen at the front end, side air intake trim, and rear vents just below the taillights.
This hybrid Corvette E-Ray prototype is riding on a set of black “Spyder” design wheels that are currently available on the C8 Z06. From what we understand at this point in time, these wheels will not be available on the E-Ray, which will offer a unique, trim-specific five-spoke wheel design. As such, it’s likely that engineers are simply using the Spyder style wheel as a placeholder for testing purposes. Regardless, the wheels are hiding a set of yellow calipers at the front and rear.
The telltale quad exhaust tips are positioned outboard, giving a superficial resemblance to the tailpipes of the international-market C8 Z06. However, close inspection reveals their shape is very different. As GM Authority was the first to report earlier this month, the hybrid Corvette C8 E-Ray will feature the same squared-off, bell-shaped quadruple exhaust tips as the Corvette C8 Stingray, which are clearly different from the outboard exhaust tips used on the international-market C8 Z06.
We expect the hybrid Corvette E-Ray to be powered by the familiar 6.2L V8 LT2 gasoline engine driving the rear wheels, in much the same fashion as the current C8 Stingray. However, the E-Ray will also mate to a hybrid electric drivetrain, with two electric drive units powering the front wheels, therefore making the E-Ray both the first hybrid Corvette and the first Corvette with all-wheel drive (AWD). The combined ICE and electric drive is expected to deliver approximately 600 horsepower, splitting the balance between the 490-495 horsepower made by the Stingray and the 670 horses produced by the 5.5L V8 LT6 in the Z06.
As GM Authority was the first to report, the E-Ray will be available in both Coupe and Convertible body styles and also be offered in both left-hand-drive (LHD) and right-hand-drive (RHD) forms.
The 2024 Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray is scheduled for its official debut in less than a week on January 17th. Until then, don’t forget to subscribe to GM Authority for the latest mid-engine Corvette news, Corvette C8 news, Corvette E-Ray news, Chevy news, and non-stop GM news coverage.