After many, many months of speculation and more leaks that your average colander, it’s finally out in the open—the 2024 Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray. Making its debut exactly 70 years after Chevy launched the original Vette at Motorama in January 1953, the new 655 horsepower E-Ray hybrid is Chevy’s quickest production Corvette with a claimed 0-60 mph time of only 2.5 seconds.
But the new E-Ray is so much more than just fast. It also represents two significant firsts for the Corvette line.
The E-Ray is the first Corvette hybrid ever built, jumping into the world of electrification with explosive power. The vehicle’s naturally aspirated 6.2L LT2 small block V8 engine sends 495 hp and 470 lb.-ft. of torque to the rear wheels, while an additional electric motor—powered by a 1.9 kWh battery—sends another 160 hp and 125 lb.-ft. to the front.
It’s also the company’s first electric all-wheel drive (eAWD) Corvette, offering prospective buyers a level of all-weather, all-season capability never-before found in the iconic line of sports cars.
Chevy says its intelligent eAWD system is “constantly learning the road surface” and “seamlessly adapting to meet traction conditions and driver needs.” The result is a Corvette that serves the role of year-round touring vehicle or track monster with the same degree of confidence.
Tech Specs & More
The Corvette E-Ray offers drivers an array of useful technologies, including Chevy’s all-new Stealth Mode, an electric-only drive mode for street driving up to 45 mph. When selected at start-up, all-electric driving is engaged for a limited period of time until the battery pack is depleted or the E-Ray’s speed exceeds the 45 mph limit.
Chevy also tailors the amount of electric assist offered with six driver-selectable modes that include Tour, sport, Track, Weather, Z-Mode and a customizable My Mode.
Other features and technologies include an enhanced roster of driver assistance technologies, including various safety features like Chevy’s lane keep assist with lane departure warning, forward collision alert and automatic emergency braking.
Many of the E-Ray’s features and design characteristics are shared with other models in the Corvette lineup, including the Brembo Carbon Ceramic brake system; magnetic ride control system with three suspension settings; and staggered 20 and 21 inch wheels fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport all-season tires. In addition, the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S summer tires that come standard on the Z06 are available as an option on the E-Ray.
The biggest structural change made to the E-Ray is the front spring and shock assembly, which sits more than an inch higher from the ground to accommodate the front axle half-shafts.
Chevy set the base price for the E-Ray at $104,295 for the coupe version or $111,295 for the convertible. The vehicle goes into production later this year at the company’s Bowling Green Assembly plant in Kentucky.
Check out some additional images of the new Corvette E-Ray below: