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As far back as 2015, Chevrolet has teased the development of a hybrid Corvette. Dubbed the E-Ray, it was said to become a statement in an industry dominated mostly by pure gas-guzzlers. With over 5 years of waiting, we think we may be inching closer to what will be the first hybrid production Corvette, ever.
GM Authority just unveiled the spy shots of a new trim to be added to the C8 Corvette lineup. Earlier, it was rumored to be the next generation Z06. Although, a closer observation reveals that it is, in fact, the E-Ray.
One of the notable features is that most of the body is covered with cladding and camouflage, including the wheel arches that would make any electric motors visible. Since none of the wheel hubs were visible, this C8 Corvette can be an AWD. The exhaust pipes were visible and operational, so the car does have a gas engine under the hood.
What does the C8 E-Ray hold?
The E-Ray is supposed to have the same 6.2L LT2 V8 as the famed C8 Corvette Stingray. Its powertrain is further enhanced by adding hybrid components. These include four 1.94 kWh batteries that supply power to the electric motors. With the extra 115 horsepower and 111 lb-ft of torque from the electrical components, the E-Ray gives out a total of 610 horsepower to play around with.
The C8 Corvette Z06, on the other hand, has no hybrid components. It is powered by a 5.5L DOHC V8 engine that delivers close to 650 hp to the rear wheels. It will be naturally-aspirated and will have a flat-plane-crank. For even more power, there would be the ZR1 that will host twin turbos to this behemoth, increasing the output past the 800-hp mark.
The Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray will be unveiled by mid-2020, with the Z06 and ZR1 trims following shortly after. The success of the C8 Corvette Stingray has determined that the new generation of ‘Vettes will go down as one of the best iterations of the supercar-killer. It makes us even more excited for the Project Zora hypercar scheduled to be revealed in 2021.