Precisely 70 years after the Corvette debuted at Motorama in New York Metropolis, Chevrolet has returned to introduce the first-ever electrified Corvette with all-wheel-drive and a strong 6.2L LT2 Small Block V-8, the 2024 E-Ray.
“In 1953, the enthusiastic response to the Chevrolet Corvette idea kicked off seven many years of ardour, efficiency and American ingenuity,” stated Mark Reuss, Common Motors president. “E-Ray, as the primary electrified, all-wheel-drive Corvette, takes it a step additional and expands the promise of what Corvette can ship.”
Developed to be the Corvette homeowners can arrive anyplace, regardless of the season, the brand new E-Ray — obtainable in detachable roof coupe and hardtop convertible fashions — makes use of electrification to reinforce the driving expertise with intense straight-line efficiency, all-weather confidence and sure-footed grand touring capabilities that may solely be achieved with eAWD. E-Ray can be the one sports activities automobile pairing two separate propulsion methods to offer naturally aspirated V-8 energy with electrified responsiveness powered by eAWD, making it one like none.
“Corvette has been a halo for Chevrolet since 1953,” stated Scott Bell, vice chairman of Chevrolet. “E-Ray’s unprecedented mix of confidence, luxurious efficiency, sophistication and elegance gives a brand new purpose for extra folks to expertise Corvette.”
“Corvettes should present an exhilarating driving expertise on backroads and tracks, and E-Ray nails it,” stated Tadge Juechter, government chief engineer, Corvette. “The electrification expertise enhances the sensation of management in all circumstances, including an surprising diploma of composure.”
A near-immediate feeling of thrust from low-end torque is core to the Corvette driving expertise, and the E-Ray packs loads of it. Energy comes from the 6.2L LT2 Small Block V-8, placing 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque to the rear axle. It’s complemented by an electrical motor that channels a further 160 horsepower and 125 lb-ft of torque by way of the entrance wheels through a 1.9 kWh battery pack, which is positioned between the seats. In complete, E-Ray produces a mixed 655 horsepower from each the electrical motor and Small Block V-8.
Creating its personal lane
E-Ray’s clever eAWD system is continually studying the street floor, seamlessly adapting to satisfy traction circumstances and driver wants. Throughout spirited driving and in low traction environments, E-Ray’s eAWD system applies further energy to the entrance wheels, serving to to reinforce automobile stability.
There isn’t any want for plug-in charging for the E-Ray’s battery system. The battery is charged through regenerative vitality from coasting and braking, in addition to throughout regular driving.
Further options and applied sciences of the all-new E-Ray embrace:
- Stealth Mode, an electrical drive mode for the road, as much as 45 mph
- New light-weight lithium-ion 12-volt battery that helps the LT2 V-8 engine’s cease/begin performance
- Customary Brembo Carbon Ceramic brake system for optimum braking efficiency
- Customary Magnetic Journey Management 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 time tires2 can be found with an non-compulsory efficiency package deal
- Low, large stance with crafted physique styling that’s 3.6 inches wider total than Stingray
- Visceral sound expertise that embodies the automobile’s dominating presence. The electrical entrance motor works in concord with the LT2 engine to create an invigorating sound
- Enhanced roster of driver help applied sciences (shared with all 2024 Corvette fashions), together with Lane Preserve Help with Lane Departure Warning3, Ahead Collision Alert3 and Automated Emergency Braking3.
Electrified propulsion particulars
The 2024 Corvette E-Ray’s electrified propulsion system gives exhilarating acceleration to energy out of corners and effortlessly full passing maneuvers. It may additionally present restricted all-electric propulsion on the driver’s discretion upon startup.
E-Ray’s normal Energetic Gasoline Administration system makes use of the electrical motor to increase 4-cylinder operation in numerous driving eventualities.
The quantity of electrical help is tailor-made inside every of the Corvette E-Ray’s six driver-selectable modes: Tour, Sport, Monitor, Climate, My Mode and Z-Mode. Drivers may also choose the Cost+ characteristic which maximizes the battery’s state of cost.
E-Ray Efficiency App on the infotainment system gives the driving force with technical insights into how the propulsion system is working. There are three main show layouts:
- Gauges (shows dynamic energy output from electrical motor and V-8 engine)
- Dyno (gives graph of energy/torque throughout selectable time intervals)
- Knowledge (showcases electrical system efficiency and effectivity).
The Corvette E-Ray’s electrical motor over the entrance axle is compact, preserving area within the entrance storage compartment.
Stealth Mode and monitoring the E-Ray
The Corvette E-Ray’s two driver-initiated electrical modes allow the automobile to journey underneath electrical propulsion in sure circumstances. The electrical motor additionally optimizes monitor efficiency.
Stealth Mode allows all-electric driving, when chosen at start-up, for a time period earlier than the engine activates for regular driving. It’s designed for quietly exiting a neighborhood, with a most pace of 45 mph. The engine robotically engages if the automobile’s pace exceeds the restrict, further torque is requested by the driving force, or the E-Ray’s battery pack is depleted.
With regards to leveraging the electrified propulsion system for enhanced monitor efficiency, E-Ray’s eAWD management system applies torque to the entrance axle as wanted. The Cost+ characteristic can be utilized to maximise battery state of cost for prolonged lapping.
The custom-designed Efficiency Traction Administration (PTM) modes are optimized in live performance with the eAWD propulsion system.
E-Ray’s look builds on the refined athletic styling and performance-driven design Corvette prospects know and love. At a look, the E-Ray shares its purposeful, wide-body proportions with the Z06, accommodating large wheels that assist handle the automobile’s larger torque supply. The light-weight alloy wheels have a twisted five-spoke star design that’s unique to E-Ray.
“There’s by no means been a Corvette like E-Ray and its refined design displays that,” stated Phil Zak, government design director, International Chevrolet. “It begins with the physique coloration trim which pulls your full consideration to the unique proportions of the E-Ray. The interiors permit prospects to mirror their particular person personalities with their selection of coloration executions that present a refined or dynamic sport appear and feel.”
E-Ray design highlights embrace:
- 4 aluminum wheel finishes
- Fourteen exterior coloration selections — together with new for 2024 Riptide Blue, Seawolf Grey and Cacti
- An E-Ray-exclusive body-length stripe package deal in Electrical Blue
- Customary carbon flash badging
- Out there black exhaust suggestions and vivid badging
- Out there carbon fiber floor results
- Optionally available carbon fiber wheels in carbon flash, seen carbon fiber end or seen carbon fiber with a crimson stripe
The E-Ray additionally introduces the all-new Artemis Dipped inside, which options complementary deep inexperienced tones on practically each inside floor and can solely be obtainable on 2024 Corvettes. There are a number of choices for patrons to pick in the case of personalizing their E-Ray’s inside together with two carbon fiber trim packages, three seat selections, seven inside colours, and extra.
Moreover, there are new Cost+ and Cease/Begin buttons on the console and updates to the infotainment system and instrument cluster geared toward offering a extra built-in look.
Coming later this yr
The 2024 Corvette E-Ray goes on sale in 2023, with an MSRP of $104,295 for the 1LZ coupe and $111,295 for the 1LZ convertible mannequin, with manufacturing to happen at GM’s Bowling Inexperienced Meeting facility in Kentucky, from U.S. and globally sourced components. Go to chevrolet.com for extra data.