70 Years of Innovation: Chevrolet Launches Electrified AWD Corvette to the World
Chevrolet has marked the 70th anniversary of the debut of its iconic Corvette at Motorama in New York City with a groundbreaking announcement. The carmaker has unveiled its latest offering, the 2024 E-Ray, which represents the first-ever electrified Corvette with all-wheel-drive. This vehicle packs a powerful punch, with a 6.2L LT2 Small Block V-8 engine that is sure to impress even the most discerning drivers.
Mark Reuss, General Motors president, said, “E-Ray, as the first electrified, all-wheel-drive Corvette, takes it a step further and expands the promise of what Corvette can deliver.”
The newly designed E-Ray is specifically created for Corvette enthusiasts who wish to travel to any destination regardless of the weather conditions. By incorporating electrification technology, this vehicle offers a heightened driving experience with exceptional straight-line performance, unbeatable all-weather reliability, and unmatched grand touring capabilities that can only be achieved with eAWD.
Let’s dive into the details of this revolutionary new vehicle.
Electrified Propulsion System
The E-Ray is 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. The 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, located between the seats. In total, E-Ray produces a combined 655 horsepower from both the electric motor and Small Block V-8.
The electrified propulsion system provides exhilarating acceleration to power out of corners and effortlessly complete passing maneuvers. 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.
Intelligent eAWD System
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.
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. The electrification technology enhances the feeling of control in all conditions, adding an unexpected degree of composure.
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
The 2024 Corvette E-Ray is set to hit the market in 2023 and will be available for purchase at a starting price of $104,2954 for the 1LZ coupe and $111,2954 for the 1LZ convertible model. The car will be manufactured at GM’s Bowling Green Assembly facility in Kentucky, utilizing parts sourced from both local and international suppliers. For further details about the vehicle, please visit chevrolet.com.