All-wheel drive in a Corvette?
Expect more than the usual V8 with an hybrid configuration
This E-Ray model should show up before the year’s end.
Since its arrival on the market, the mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette Stingray – also known as the C8 – has been a game changer in every way. Not only has the latest Corvette taken the sports car to the next level with its supercar configuration, but the story is far from over.
Starting on January 17, fans will be able to discover a Corvette that has absolutely nothing to do with the model’s past. Dubbed Corvette E-Ray, the new variant of Chevrolet’s most racy car will go hybrid, meaning there will be more than just the V8 engine to power the car.
We can believe that there will be at least one additional electric motor to make the Corvette E-Ray the first in history with an all-wheel drive, a recipe that was used by the Acura NSX whose production ended just a few weeks ago.
In fact, the video posted by the manufacturer on social networks shows a Corvette in the snow, which almost guarantees the presence of four-wheel drive. Power figures are not yet known, but it’s safe to assume that this E-Ray will be as spirited as the recent Z06. What’s more, an image of the configuration tool leaked on the brand’s website (before being taken down), which showed a car that looked eerily similar to the Z06, at least in terms of the wider body.
The important thing to remember is that this new E-Ray will be more “aggressive” than the regular Corvette Stingray.
On the other hand, the Corvette E-Ray could well become the new best friend of drivers who get home late and don’t want to wake up the whole neighborhood with the usual din of a good old naturally aspirated V8. That’s right, the short video also shows that it will be possible to drive in “Stealth” mode, an option that will definitely use the electric motor(s) for a very short distance. We’ll have to wait for the official unveiling before we know more about this more discreet driving mode.
Finally, we can expect to see the first examples of this new Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray before the end of the year, probably as a 2024 model.
The automaker certainly has more surprises in store for its flagship car, including a purely electric version, but for now, the next step is hybrid.