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The AWD Corvette E-Ray is here, but purists still get a small block V8 in the mix
THE AWD CORVETTE E-RAY IS HERE, BUT PURISTS STILL GET A SMALL BLOCK V8 IN THE MIX
When news of an electric Corvette first broke, all forms of social media were lit with Corvette and V8 fanatics complaining about the death of the combustion engine and that EVs will never have the appeal of ICE-engined cars. The more we started seeing pics of the car along with possible specs, our interest certainly grew and the spy shots showed something that would have some serious looks to it. With the car officially revealed it’s clear that this is one damn sexy Corvette, and its title is the 2024 Corvette E-Ray. The addition of electric motors is a first for the automaker that, and the fact that it now features an all-wheel drive setup. Luckily, it’s still technically a V8 and that’s hopefully enough to sway some of the older fans of the brand to sample hybrid technology. After all the electric assistance means power to all four wheels, and that should mean much better track prowess and so we might see more of them in amateur time attack events instead of the usual straight-line stuff.
The car is packed with amazing new technologies and features, as you’d expect from a car looking to carry the brand into the future. The main stuff everyone wants to know is the power and performance specs, so here goes. Powering the Corvette E-Ray is a 6.2-litre LT2 Small Block V8 that’s rated at a decent enough 370 kW (495 hp) with 640 Nm and sends that power to the rear rubber. Added to the mix is an electric motor that powers the front wheels with 120 kW (160 hp) with 170 Nm of torque, which means this is now the most powerful Corvette with a total of 490 kW (655 hp) when the power is combined. With power to all the wheels, the 0-100 km/h run can be done in a little over 2.5 seconds and the E-Ray can rip the quarter mile in just 10.5-seconds, making it the quickest production Corvette in history “Corvettes must provide an exhilarating driving experience on backroads and tracks, and E-Ray nails it,” said Tadge Juechter, executive chief engineer, Corvette. “The electrification technology enhances the feeling of control in all conditions, adding an unexpected degree of composure.” The E-Ray’s intelligent eAWD system constantly learns 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. The best part - there is no need for plug-in charging for the E-Ray’s battery system as it's a regenerative system harvesting energy from coasting and braking, as well as during normal driving.
Take a look at the YouTube video showing the amazing lines and visuals of the all-new electronically-assisted Corvette that goes by the clever name of the E-Ray, a nod to the iconic Stingray nameplate: All-New 2024 Corvette E-Ray | Chevrolet
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