This is what the hybrid Corvette sounds like: is it too quiet?
They call it the ‘E-Ray’
Chevy will soon unveil two new versions of the Corvette C8, the Z06 C8 - powered by the same 5.5-liter V8 as the C8.R race car - and the E-Ray, which, as the ’E’ letter suggests, is a plug-in hybrid.
CarSpyMedia recently managed to film a camouflaged prototype of the Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray near the Nürburgring and the first question - actually the *only* question - is this: is it too quiet?
The prototype is equipped with the same rear bumper (=with dual exhaust tips) as the Stingray but because it’s a PHEV, it‘s completely silent when the electric motor is in use, and the V8 (hopefully) only comes to life when you surpass 30-40 mph and/or on demand.
Speaking of which, Chevy hasn’t officially announced what sort of powertrain the E-Ray will use but according to rumors, it’ll be the same 6.2-liter V8 as the ’standard’ Stingray and the electric motor (on the front axle), will provide an extra 50-100 hp for a combined power output between 600 and 650 horsepower. More to the point, E-Ray will be the first ever all-wheel-drive Corvette. Technically, speaking.
The E-Ray will be available from late 2022/early 2023, priced at around $100,000.