2024 Corvette E-Ray briefly leaked on visualizer
Around this time last year, the Hagerty staff was abuzz with discussion about a set of spy photos that we believed caught the 2024 Corvette E-Ray out in the wild. Late last night, CorvetteBlogger.com stumbled across what is believed to be the E-Ray, accidentally leaked to the public through the Corvette visualizer (Chevy’s name for the C8’s online car configurator).
What CorvetteBlogger discovered falls neatly in line with the spy photos that we received last year. If the visualizer is indeed correct, the 2024 Corvette E-Ray will utilize the wide-body design of the C8 Z06, replete with the Y-shaped side-inlets and the same front fascia. On the E-Ray, it looks like the front fascia’s horizontal winglets will be color-matched, instead of blacked-out like they are on the Z06. Ditto the inlet covers.
More similarities to the spy shots: The car on the visualizer features exhaust tips placed at the outermost corners of the rear end, a la the standard C8 Stingray. That would lead us to believe that this brute will be powered by the same 490/495-hp LT2 6.2-liter V-8 that you’d find in a normal C8, not the 5.5-liter flat-plane-crank screamer that powers the Z06.
The visualizer doesn’t offer a peek under the front hood, but the E-Ray nameplate all but guarantees an electrified drivetrain. In a recent article covering the news that GM was spinning Corvette into an entire sub-brand, we speculated that the hybrid components would include a battery pack tucked into the C8’s center tunnel, a pair of 100-hp AC synchronous motors for the front wheels, and a motor-generator unit tucked into the eight-speed dual-clutch transaxle. If we’re right this layout would make the E-Ray both the first hybrid Corvette and the first all-wheel-drive Corvette.
The CorvetteBlogger article also noted a few color changes coming for the 2024 model year. According to the visualizer, there will be 13 exterior colors to choose from. Ceramic Matrix Gray, Elkhart Lake Blue, Caffeine Metallic, and White Pearl Tri-Coat will no longer be offered, replaced instead by Carbon Flash Black Metallic (a color that first debuted on the 70th Anniversary special edition), Riptide Blue Metallic, a funky green hue called Cacti, and Sea-Wolf Gray Tri-Coat. Inside, a new greenish-gray color called Artemis will join the mix.
Over at midenginecorvetteforum.com, a number of users were able to sneak onto the visualizer before Chevy took it down, and they posted all sorts of interesting color combinations and detail shots that are worth checking out.
As one might guess, there’s no word on pricing or any concrete details about power figures or performance yet. Expect the C8 Corvette E-Ray to officially break cover next year. Until then, we’re forced to hurry up and wait.