Chevrolet wanted to compete more with the European supercars with the Corvette C8 by putting the engine in the back. However, now that European manufacturers are switching to electrification, the Americans cannot be left behind.
The Corvette Hybrid will of course mainly distinguish itself mechanically. From the spy photos circulating, it looks like this electrified Corvette will be a plug-in hybrid, suggesting it’s capable of running for several miles in all-electric mode. Good news for taxes, but don’t expect 100% tax deductibility.
At first glance, the Corvette E-Ray gets an electric motor on the front axle without any connection to the rear wheels. In other words, the Corvette gets four-wheel drive. It would keep the Stingray’s naturally aspirated 6.2 V8, and the combined power would be between 600 and 650 horsepower.
A good basis for the Zora, which should form the top of the hybrid Corvette range, one step above the Z06. A second electric motor for the rear wheels should bring the total power to over 700 hp.
Launch in 2022?
With the official unveiling of the Corvette Z06 on October 26, 2021, the Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray is expected to launch sometime in 2022. The price is expected to be close to that of the Z06. That means a European price of over 100,000 euros. A lot cheaper than a McLaren Artura or a Ferrari 296 GTB…