You can sit and watch some sensational cars go by in Fort Walton Beach, Wright, Crestview, Destin, Navarre, Panama City Beach, or Pensacola, but you’re not going to see anything to compare to the 2024 Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray. The E-Ray might look like a refreshed Z06 at first glance with its gorgeous coupe and convertible exterior styling, but this is unlike any Corvette to come before it and could redefine how you think about hybrids forever.
It can be challenging for designers and engineers to keep producing new Corvettes that are better than their predecessors, and producing something to mark the car’s 70th anniversary must be particularly challenging. The 2024 Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray is available in 14 vibrant exterior colors and coupe and convertible body styles, and many other standard and available exterior and interior styling cues mark the car as something special. However, the first-ever hybrid powertrain and eAWD system to feature in a Corvette make the E-Ray a truly appropriate way to mark the brand’s 70th anniversary. It would be easy to assume the Corvette E-Ray could be a fully electric vehicle. Still, this sensational new model is a gas/electric hybrid that will change your perception of the technology for good.
The hybrid powertrain of the 2024 Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray has many advantages over gas-only and fully electric powertrains, but the staggering performance will always grab the headlines. The car’s hybrid system features a 6.2-litre LT2 Small Block gas V-8 engine that sends power to the rear wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. On top of that, there’s also a 1.9-kWh battery pack and an electric motor mounted on the front axle providing power to the front wheels.
The V-8 engine develops a healthy 495 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque, while the electric motor provides an additional 160 horsepower and 125 lb.-ft. of almost instantaneous torque. The combined 655 horsepower the system develops could be more exceptional, but you have to experience the performance it delivers to believe it. The E-Ray gets you from 0 to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds, and the car can cover the quarter-mile in 10.5 seconds at 130 mph.
Some people could think a powerful and technologically-advanced beast like the 2024 Corvette E-Ray will always require an expert driver at the wheel, but that’s not the case at all. Driving the E-Ray is just like driving any car, and most of the time, you won’t even realize it’s a hybrid. The car features six driver-selectable modes that decide how much assistance the electric motor provides to the front wheels, depending on the conditions. The driver chooses between Tour, Sport, Track, Weather, My Mode, and Z-Mode modes, and a Charge+ feature is also available to maximize the battery’s charge state.
The E-Ray also features many systems that keep drivers safe in more sensible and anonymous cars on today’s roads. Standard features include Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, and Following Distance Indicator. An Active Fuel Management system even aids fuel economy by using the electric motor to extend the four-cylinder operation of the V-8 in certain driving conditions. And you won’t be able to resist making the most of Stealth Mode, which, when activated, allows the E-Ray to operate on electric power only over a limited distance up to a maximum speed of 45 mph.
We’ve only touched on a few highlights of the 2024 Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray here, which should give you some idea of what a sensational car this is, how in demand it will be, and how supply won’t be able to meet that demand. To avoid disappointment, reserve your Corvette E-Ray today from Preston Hood Chevrolet at 212 Hollywood Blvd SW, Fort Walton Beach, FL, or call us at 850-664-7000 to register your interest and for more information.