Look at it this way: It took 70 years for the Chevrolet Corvette to morph from a fiberglass-body boulevardier all the way into today’s mid-engine exotic despite years of experimentation. And relocating the powertrain to the middle of the car also freed up space for a modern battery pack. Just that quickly, and right in time for the Corvette’s 70th birthday, Chevrolet has announced that a hybrid Corvette, the E-Ray, will join the Corvette lineup for 2024, and will have the added distinction of being the first production Corvette equipped by the factory with all-wheel drive.
If you’ve tried shopping for one lately, you know the waiting list to order an eighth-generation Corvette can be a long one, with the Z06 variant not even officially introduced yet. The coming of the E-Ray may mitigate it somewhat, especially once buyers realize that the E-Ray will squirt from zero to 60 MPH in a claimed 2.5 seconds. The E-Ray will be the only production sports car on the market combining a naturally aspirated V-8 internal-combustion engine with a battery-assisted hybrid driveline. The E-Ray will go on sale later this year, with a base MSRP of $104,295.
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I review-drove a C8 Z51 convert. for a week last year, and I have a damn hard time trying to guess how much better this one can be … it may well be out of the range of my senses.
In fact, as I joked (not really) that the two most recent happiest days of my life were the day that the Vette’ was dropped off and the day that they picked it up.
Onward, Doug Stokes