Since launching in 1953, Chevrolet’s Corvette has maintained its status as one of the most beloved automobiles in the country. A symbol of both American nostalgia and beauty, the iconic sports car has enjoyed eight generations and 70 years of popularity, with no signs of stopping any time soon. Although, what’s underneath the hood might be evolving a bit.
Last year, General Motors’ president Mark Reuss announced that we could see an electrified (or at least hybrid) Corvette by the end of 2023. Today, the automotive giant has unveiled the first step in that promise. Introduced at Manhattan’s Motorama — the same auto event that hosted the model’s debut back in ‘53 — the 2024 Corvette E-Ray features all-wheel drive and is currently the only sports car that utilizes two separate propulsion systems.
For starters, the car runs on a 6.2L LT2 Small Block V8 with 495hp and 470lb.ft of torque. Additionally, the 1.9kWh battery-powered engine gives the ride an extra 160hp (655hp total) and 125lb.ft of torque. Also featuring the standard Brembo Carbon Ceramic brakes, staggered wheel heights, and an electric drive mode up to 45mph, the E-Ray is also being touted by Chevy as the quickest Corvette ever to come off of the production line, with a 0 to 60 of 2.5 seconds.
Modeled after the look of the Z06, the 2024 Corvette E-Ray Hybrid will show up later this year, with prices starting at $104,295 for the standard coupe.