The eighth generation of the Corvette broke covers in 2020, and it was the most significant upgrade in the model’s history since, unlike its predecessors, it didn’t have the engine mounted at the front but behind the cabin. And then, in January 2023, the American automaker shook its customers once more with the introduction of the E-Ray on the market.
In January 2023, seven decades after the launch of the original Corvette at New York’s Motorama in 1953, GM unveiled the most technologically advanced version of this nameplate: the E-Ray. Its name suggested a connection with the Stingray, and unlike the rest of the C8 Corvette range, it was an electrified version. Still, GM didn’t adopt this solution just for environmental concerns but to improve the car’s performance. The increased fuel efficiency compared to its stablemates was just a bonus. In addition, the E-Ray was also the first all-wheel-drive Corvette in the model’s history.
The E-Ray shared its bodywork with the Corvette Z06, meaning that it looked more aggressive than the Stingray. At the front, the lower splitter underneath the bumper featured two wide scoops on the sides that flanked a center grille. The short hood was continued by the raked windshield and the roof. From the sides, the wide air intakes fed the engine placed behind the cabin. Unlike its roadster sibling, the E-Ray coupe featured a sloped-down rear window that extended over the engine. Finally, at the back, the automaker installed a small lip spoiler on the deck. For the rear fascia, Chevrolet placed four rectangular-shaped taillights with red underlines, while below the bumper was a quad-exhaust.
With its modern cockpit made for two, the American supercar created a luxurious and sporty environment for its customers. The two high-bolstered seats were separated by a tall center console, while in front of the driver was a digital instrument cluster. In addition, atop the center stack, GM added a touchscreen for the infotainment system, which the driver could control via a turning knob and a few buttons placed next to the gear selector’s buttons. On the passenger side of the center console, the automaker installed a handle-like bar with buttons for the HAVC system and the controls for the heated seats.
But E-Ray’s most significant upgrade compared to its stablemates was found under its skin. Regardless of whether it was in the coupe or roadster shape, the car featured an electrified drivetrain. GM installed the 6.2-liter LT2 V8 engine that powered the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. At the same time, the front wheels were moved by a 160 hp (162 PS) motor. The total output power obtained reached 655 hp (664 PS). But the E-Ray could do something more than just help the car get a 2.5-second 0 to 60 mph (0-97 kph) sprint. It could also cruise in “Stealth Mode” via the electric motor only at speeds of up to 45 mph (72 kph). Still, the battery pack was just 1.9 kWh.
ENGINE SPECS - 6.2L V8 8AT e-AWD (655 HP)
|Power:||369.1 KW @ 6450 RPM|
502 HP @ 6450 RPM
495 BHP @ 6450 RPM
|Torque:||470 lb-ft @ 5150 RPM|
637 Nm @ 5150 RPM
|Electrical motor power:||117.7 kw (160 hp)|
|Electrical motor torque:||121.7 lb-ft (165 Nm)|
|Total maximum power:||481.8 kw (655 hp)|
|Fuel System:||Direct Injection|
|Fuel capacity:||18.5 gallons (70.0 L)|
|Top Speed:||130 mph (209 km/h)|
|Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph):||2.6 s|
|Drive Type:||All Wheel Drive|
|Gearbox:||8-speed automatic DCT|
|Front:||eBoost-assisted carbon ceramic discs with Brembo four-piston monobloc calipers|
|Rear:||eBoost-assisted carbon ceramic discs with Brembo four-piston monobloc calipers|
|Tire Size:||275/30Z R20 // 345/25Z R21|
|Length:||184.6 in (4689 mm)|
|Width:||79.7 in (2024 mm)|
|Height:||48.6 in (1234 mm)|
|Front/rear Track:||66.3/66.1 in (1,684/1,679 mm)|
|Wheelbase:||107.2 in (2723 mm)|
|Cargo Volume:||12.5 cuFT (354 L)|
|Unladen Weight:||3774 lbs (1712 kg)|
POWER SYSTEM SPECS
|Nominal Capacity:||1.9 kWh|