Earlier this morning, Chevrolet finally took the wraps off the long-awaited 2024 Corvette E-Ray hybrid.
Featuring an electric all-wheel drive system paired to the standard Corvette’s LT2 V8 engine with 495hp, Chevrolet states that the E-Ray will put out 655 combined horsepower, with a 2.5 second 0-60 time and a 10.5 second quarter mile.
Using an electric drive unit mounted to the Corvette’s front-axle, output of just the e-AWD system will be 160hp. That means, that when you want to take advantage of the E-Ray’s new “Stealth Mode” for optimal escape without detection, you’ll be running on only the e-AWD system with short-time capability.
Center Tunnel Mounted Battery Pack
To power the new e-AWD system, a 1.9 kWh lithium-ion battery. The self-charging battery which is mounted within the car’s center tunnel, helps to produce a 0.5-second improvement in the 0‑60 time.
ZER Performance Package
While Chevrolet doesn’t give exact details on this package, if you’d like to pull more performance out of your E-Ray, you can take advantage of the ZER Performance Package which utilizes summer-only tires and chassis tuning enhancements:
“When you’re ready for even higher performance, you need the available ZER Performance Package. It comes standard with high-performance Michelin® Pilot® Sport 4 S ZP summer-only tires† as well as chassis tuning and other performance enhancements.”
Exterior and Interior Design
While nothing has really changed for the interior of the 2024 E-Ray’s interior, the exterior will be slightly different than the standard Stingray.
The E-Ray will feature slightly wider fenders, quarter panels and front & rear bumpers – think Z06.
The C7 Grand Sport shared the exact same body panels as the C7 Z06, so basically, we’re going to see a repeat of that with the new E-Ray, with the exception of the front-bumper design.
For the interior, the infotainment system will include interfaces showing battery-status and AWD system status. Other than that, the interior, remains the same as the other C8 Corvette models.
“The all-new E-Ray App, conveniently located on the center screen, gives you a quick look at even more performance data, RWD vs. FWD power and vehicle information.”
Blistering Performance Designed for Year-Round Driving
According to Chevrolet, the 2024 Corvette E-Ray will be the fastest Corvette every produced and the first Corvette specifically targeted for all-season driving.
With a starting price of $102,900 for the coupe and $115,840 for the hard-top convertible, the AWD, all-season driving 2024 Corvette E-Ray is definitely taking on the competition and “putting the world on notice”!
Below, is the official press release from GM:
For its 70th Birthday, Chevrolet Gives the World an Electrified AWD Corvette
First-ever eAWD Corvette E-Ray uses advanced electrified propulsion system in addition to its 6.2L LT2 Small Block V-8 enabling all-season performance and composure — and 0-96 km/h (0-60 mph) in 2.5 seconds1
NEW YORK – Exactly 70 years after the Corvette debuted at Motorama in New York City, Chevrolet has returned to introduce the first-ever electrified Corvette with all-wheel-drive and a powerful 6.2L LT2 Small Block V-8, the 2024 E-Ray.
“In 1953, the enthusiastic reaction to the Chevrolet Corvette concept kicked off seven decades of passion, performance and American ingenuity,” said Mark Reuss, General Motors president. “E-Ray, as the first electrified, all-wheel-drive Corvette, takes it a step further and expands the promise of what Corvette can deliver.”
Developed to be the Corvette owners can arrive in anywhere, no matter the season, the new E-Ray — available in removeable roof coupe and hardtop convertible models — uses electrification to enhance the driving experience with intense straight-line performance, all-weather confidence and sure-footed grand touring capabilities that can only be achieved with eAWD.
E-Ray is also the only sports car pairing two separate propulsion systems to provide naturally aspirated V-8 power with electrified responsiveness powered by eAWD, making it one like none.
“Corvette has been a halo for Chevrolet since 1953,” said Scott Bell, vice president of Chevrolet. “E-Ray’s unprecedented blend of confidence, luxury performance, sophistication and style provides a new reason for more people to experience Corvette.”
The E-Ray is the quickest production Corvette in history, clocking a 2.5-second 0-60 mph time1 before breezing through the quarter-mile in 10.5 seconds1.
“Corvettes must provide an exhilarating driving experience on backroads and tracks, and E-Ray nails it,” said Tadge Juechter, executive chief engineer, Corvette. “The electrification technology enhances the feeling of control in all conditions, adding an unexpected degree of composure.”
A near immediate feeling of thrust from low-end torque is core to the Corvette driving experience, and the E-Ray packs plenty of it. Power comes from the 6.2L LT2 Small Block V-8, putting 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque to the rear axle. It is complemented by an electric motor that channels an additional 160 horsepower and 125 lb-ft of torque through the front wheels via a 1.9 kWh battery pack, which is located between the seats. In total, E-Ray produces a combined 655 horsepower from both the electric motor and Small Block V-8.
Creating its own lane
E-Ray’s intelligent eAWD system is constantly learning the road surface, seamlessly adapting to meet traction conditions and driver needs. During spirited driving and in low traction environments, E-Ray’s eAWD system applies additional power to the front wheels, helping to enhance vehicle stability.
There is no need for plug-in charging for the E-Ray’s battery system. The battery is charged via regenerative energy from coasting and braking, as well as during normal driving.
Additional features and technologies of the all-new E-Ray include:
- Stealth Mode, an electric drive mode for the street, up to 45 mph
- New lightweight lithium-ion 12-volt battery that supports the LT2 V-8 engine’s stop/start functionality
- Standard Brembo Carbon Ceramic brake system for optimal braking performance
- Standard Magnetic Ride Control 4.0 with three distinct suspension settings
- Staggered 20- and 21-inch wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport all-season tires. Michelin Pilot Sport 4S summer tires2 are available with an optional performance package
- Low, wide stance with crafted body styling that is 3.6 inches wider overall than Stingray
- Visceral sound experience that embodies the car’s dominating presence. The electric front motor works in harmony with the LT2 engine to create an invigorating sound
- Enhanced roster of driver assistance technologies (shared with all 2024 Corvette models), including Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning3, Forward Collision Alert3 and Automatic Emergency Braking3.
Electrified propulsion details
The 2024 Corvette E-Ray’s electrified propulsion system provides exhilarating acceleration to power out of corners and effortlessly complete passing maneuvers. It can also provide limited all-electric propulsion at the driver’s discretion upon startup.
E-Ray’s standard Active Fuel Management system uses the electric motor to extend 4-cylinder operation in various driving scenarios.
The amount of electric assist is tailored within each of the Corvette E-Ray’s six driver-selectable modes: Tour, Sport, Track, Weather, My Mode and Z-Mode. Drivers can also select the Charge+ feature which maximizes the battery’s state of charge.
E-Ray Performance App on the infotainment system provides the driver with technical insights into how the propulsion system is operating. There are three primary display layouts:
- Gauges (displays dynamic power output from electric motor and V-8 engine)
- Dyno (provides graph of power/torque across selectable time intervals)
- Data (showcases electrical system performance and efficiency).
The Corvette E-Ray’s electric motor over the front axle is compact, preserving space in the front storage compartment.
Stealth Mode and tracking the E-Ray
The Corvette E-Ray’s two driver-initiated electric modes enable the car to travel under electric propulsion in certain conditions. The electric motor also optimizes track performance.
Stealth Mode enables all-electric driving, when selected at start-up, for a period of time before the engine turns on for normal driving. It is designed for quietly exiting a neighborhood, with a maximum speed of 45 mph. The engine automatically engages if the vehicle’s speed exceeds the limit, additional torque is requested by the driver, or the E-Ray’s battery pack is depleted.
When it comes to leveraging the electrified propulsion system for enhanced track performance, E-Ray’s eAWD control system applies torque to the front axle as needed. The Charge+ feature can be used to maximize battery state of charge for extended lapping.
The custom-designed Performance Traction Management (PTM) modes are optimized in concert with the eAWD propulsion system.
E-Ray’s appearance builds on the refined athletic styling and performance-driven design Corvette customers know and love.
At a glance, the E-Ray shares its purposeful, wide-body proportions with the Z06, accommodating wide wheels that help manage the car’s greater torque delivery. The lightweight alloy wheels have a twisted five-spoke star design that is exclusive to E-Ray.
“There’s never been a Corvette like E-Ray and its sophisticated design reflects that,” said Phil Zak, executive design director, Global Chevrolet. “It starts with the body color trim which draws your full attention to the exotic proportions of the E-Ray. The interiors allow customers to reflect their individual personalities with their choice of color executions that provide a refined or dynamic sport look and feel.”
E-Ray design highlights include:
- Four aluminum wheel finishes
- Fourteen exterior color choices — including new for 2024 Riptide Blue, Seawolf Gray and Cacti
- An E-Ray-exclusive body-length stripe package in Electric Blue
- Standard carbon flash badging
- Available black exhaust tips and bright badging
- Available carbon fiber ground effects
- Optional carbon fiber wheels in carbon flash, visible carbon fiber finish or visible carbon fiber with a red stripe
The E-Ray also introduces the all-new Artemis Dipped interior, which features complementary deep green tones on nearly every interior surface and will only be available on 2024 Corvettes. There are multiple options for customers to select when it comes to personalizing their E-Ray’s interior including two carbon fiber trim packages, three seat choices, seven interior colors, and more.
Additionally, there are new Charge+ and Stop/Start buttons on the console and updates to the infotainment system and instrument cluster aimed at providing a more integrated appearance.
Coming later this year
The 2024 Corvette E-Ray goes on sale in 2023, with an MSRP of $104,2954 for the 1LZ coupe and $111,2954 for the 1LZ convertible model, with production to take place at GM’s Bowling Green Assembly facility in Kentucky, from U.S. and globally sourced parts. Go to chevrolet.com for more information.
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1Based on initial vehicle movement.
2Do not use summer-only tires in winter conditions, as it would adversely affect vehicle safety, performance and durability. Use only GM-approved tire and wheel combinations. Unapproved combinations my change the vehicle’s performance characteristics. For important tire and wheel information, go to: my.chevrolet.com/learn/tires/ or see your dealer.
3Safety or driver-assistance features are no substitute for the driver’s responsibility to operate the vehicle in a safe manner. The driver should remain attentive to traffic, surroundings and road conditions at all times. Visibility, weather and road conditions may affect feature performance. Read the vehicle Owner’s Manual for more important feature limitations and information.
4MSRP. Excludes tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment. Dealer sets final price.
|0-60 mph:||2.5 seconds1 (approx.)|
|Quarter-mile:||10.5 @ 130 mph (209 km/h)1 (approx.)|
|Max Lateral G Force:||1.1g2|
1Based on initial vehicle movement.
2On a 300-foot skid pad. When equipped with available summer-only performance tire.
|Type:||LT2 6.2L V-8 VVT with direct injection and Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) and Stop/Start|
|Bore & stroke (in. / mm):||4.06 x 3.62 / 103.25 x 92|
|Block Material:||A319-T7 cast aluminum with cast-in iron cylinder liners and nodular main bearing caps|
|Oiling System:||Dry sump-type (7.5-qt. capacity); includes oil-spray piston cooling|
|Oil Type:||Dexos 2 0W40 synthetic|
|Cylinder Head Material:||319-T7 cast aluminum|
|Combustion Chamber Volume:||59cc|
|Valvetrain:||Overhead valve, two valves per cylinder; dual-equal variable valve timing|
|Valve Size (in. / mm):||2.13 / 54 hollow (intake) & 1.59 / 40.4 sodium filled (exhaust)|
|Fuel Delivery:||Direct injection with Active Fuel Management: Max pressure: 2,900 psi (20 Mpa / 200 bar)|
|Firing Order:||1-8-7-2-6-5-4-3 (all cylinders); 1-7-6-4 (with deactivation)|
|Throttle Body:||87mm single bore (electronic)|
|ECU:||GM E99 (32-bit processing)|
|Horsepower (hp / kW):||495 / 369 @ 6450 rpm|
|Torque (lb.-ft. / Nm):||470 / 637 @ 5150 rpm|
TRANSMISSION & AXLE
|Type:||MLH 8-speed dual clutch (DCT)|
|Type:||Single motor and gearset|
|Motor:||Permanent magnetic drive motor|
|Power:||160 hp / 120 kW|
|Torque (lb.-ft. / Nm):||125 / 165 @ motor|
|Combined Power (with engine):||655 hp / 481 kW|
CHASSIS & SUSPENSION
|Front Suspension:||FE5 Short/long arm (SLA) double wishbone, forged aluminum upper and cast aluminum L-shape lower control arms; monotube shock absorbers; Magnetic Selective Ride Control 4.0. Adjustable front lift with memory is available|
|Rear Suspension:||FE5 Short/long arm (SLA) double wishbone, forged aluminum upper and cast aluminum L-shape lower control arms; direct-acting stabilizer bar; monotube shock absorbers; Magnetic Selective Ride Control 4.0|
|Steering Type:||Variable-ratio rack-and-pinion with electric power assist; includes Active Steer Stops with Magnetic Ride Control 4.0|
|Turning Circle (ft. / m):||36.4 / 11.1|
|Brake Type:||Front and rear eBoost-assisted carbon ceramic discs with Brembo six-piston/monobloc front calipers and four-piston/monobloc rear calipers|
|Brake Rotor Size (in. / mm):||Front: 15.7 x 1.5 / 398 x 38
Rear: 15.4 x 1.3 / 391 x 34
|Wheel Size:||Front: 20-inch x 10-inch (w/5 x 120mm bolt pattern)
Rear: 21-inch x 13-inch (w/5 x 120mm bolt pattern)
|Tire Size:||Front: 275/30ZR20
|Wheelbase (in. / mm):||107.2 / 2722|
|Overall Length (in. / mm):||184.6 / 4699|
|Overall Width (in. / mm):||79.7 / 2025|
|Overall Height (in. / mm):||48.6 / 1235|
|Track (in. / mm):||Front: 66.3 / 1685
Rear: 66.1 / 1678
|Headroom (in. / mm):||37.9 / 962|
|Legroom (in. / mm):||42.8 / 1087|
|Shoulder Room (in. / mm):||54.4 / 1382|
|Hip Room (in. / mm):||52 / 1321|
WEIGHTS & CAPACITIES
|Dry Weight (lb. / kg):||3774 / 1712 (coupe)
3856 / 1749 (convertible)
|Cargo Volume (cu. ft. / L)1:||12.5 / 355|
1Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution.
FUEL TANK CAPACITY (approx.)
|18.5 gal. / 70 liters|
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