Chevy Corvette E-Ray 2024 can scare Z06 with 655 hp
Firstly mid-mounted engineafterward a version with a V8 engine equipped with a flat shaftand now, since the Corvette wasn’t wild enough, a mixture model with all-wheel drive. This is the year 2024 Chevy The Corvette E-Ray is not only electrified, but has the performance parts and specs to rival the mighty Z06.
Power comes from a combination of the familiar LT2 V8 engine in the middle and an electric motor in the front. The V8 powers the rear wheels with the same 495 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque and an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The electric motor makes 160 horsepower and 125 pound-feet of torque and powers the front wheels. Combined, the output power is 655 horsepower, only 15 horsepower less than the Z06. And since the Chevy is essentially just adding power and torque, we’re estimating (since they don’t say it officially on the press documents) a combined torque of 595 pound-feet, which is high. 135 pounds more than the Z06. Chevy estimates the E-Ray will hit 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds (on deployment), 0.1 seconds faster than the Z06. It will then complete a quarter mile in 10.5 seconds at 130 mph.
Some more details about the electric powertrain: it is powered by 1.9 kWh the battery sitting between the driver and the passenger. The front engine is also surprisingly compact. Looking at the cargo specs, the E-Ray loses just 0.1 cubic foot of space compared to the regular Corvette. E-Ray has a few unique modes thanks to the power bits. It has a Stealth Mode that allows the car to start silently, and the car can go all-electric at 45 mph, as long as there’s enough charge and you don’t lower it too hard. Charge+ mode ensures that the battery charge level is maintained as high as possible to ensure maximum power is always available during extended periods of hot driving.
But E-Ray isn’t just about power. It also received some processing and stopped upgrading. The E-Ray gets the same 3.6-inch overall width boost as the Z06, and the body operation is very similar to that of that slick ‘Vette’. It also has wheels and tires of the same size, 20-inch wheels with 275 mm tires at the front and 21-inch wheels with 345 mm tires at the rear. Aluminum units are standard, but carbon fiber which are optional. However, the tires are not as powerful as the Z06, with Michelin Pilot Sports as standard and Pilot Sport 4S as an option.
As for other E-Ray chassis upgrades, it comes standard with Magnetic Cruise Control, and that’s an E-Ray specific tune. Same carbon ceramic brake comes with the Z06 along with the Z07 performance package as standard equipment. They measure 15.7 inches at the front and 15.4 inches at the rear with six-piston front and four-piston rear brake calipers. That’s a good thing considering power, but the reality is that the hybrid system has a negative impact on performance: weight.
Yes, the Corvette E-Ray gained quite a bit of weight. The coupe weighs 408 pounds more than the standard Stingray. Convertible fares are slightly better at 389 pounds heavier.
There is one stat that is noticeably lacking for any hybrid, no matter how aggressive: energy saving. Presumably, E-Ray will be more efficient than the standard Stingray, but Chevy hasn’t given those numbers yet. But we should have them soon because the car will go on sale soon.
Corvette E-Ray sales start this year. basic price do not have the destination fee (Chevy didn’t provide that number at the time of writing) is $104,295, so that’s a bit more than the destination when adding destinations. That makes it only about $1,000 less than the standard Z06.