Chevrolet’s Corvette E-Ray hybrid supercar is coming to Australia subsequent 12 months.
GM Specialty Autos (GMSV) has confirmed the E-Ray will contact down in Australia in the course of the second half of 2024. GMSV had beforehand confirmed the E-Ray was certain for our shores, however hadn’t confirmed when.
Launched 70 years after the unique Corvette made its debut in New York Metropolis, the E-Ray has a 6.2-litre V8 behind the passenger cell rated at 369kW at 6450rpm and 637Nm at 5150rpm. It drives the rear wheels by way of an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.
That is augmented by an electrical motor producing 120kW and 165Nm. It’s powered by a small 1.9kWh lithium-ion battery, and drives the entrance wheels.
Boasting a complete of 488kW, the E-Ray has a claimed 0-60mph (0-97km/h) time of 2.5 seconds, making it the quickest manufacturing Corvette of all time. Chevrolet is anticipating the automotive can full the quarter mile (400m) in 10.5 seconds.
For context, the bottom Corvette Stingray makes use of a barely much less highly effective 364kW/630Nm model of the identical 6.2-litre V8, and is able to finishing the 0-60mph sprint in round 3.0 seconds.
The zestier Z06 makes use of a 5.5-litre V8 with a flat-plane crank rated at 500kW and 624Nm.
The automotive makes use of the entrance electrical motor throughout “spirited driving”, in low traction conditions, and to boost automobile stability. The driving force can tweak the quantity of electrical help used by way of one in all six modes: Tour, Sport, Monitor, Climate, My Mode and Z-Mode.
There are additionally two selectable drivetrain settings: Stealth, which allows electric-only driving at speeds as much as 72km/h (45mph), or till extra efficiency is required or the battery is depleted; and Cost+ that prioritises recharging the battery pack for later use on-track.
The E-Ray utilises the broader physique configuration of the Z06. The aero package deal is basically carried over from the Z06 too, though some elements are colour-coded somewhat than black.
It rides on a brand new set of five-spoke alloy wheels which can be 20-inches up entrance and 21-inches on the rear, paired with Michelin Pilot Sport all-season tyres measuring 275/30 up entrance and 345/25 on the rear. Non-obligatory Michelin Pilot Sport 4S summer season tyres are required for the E-Ray to hit the automotive’s claimed efficiency numbers.
Stopping potential comes courtesy of Brembo carbon-ceramic disc brakes with six-pot calipers on the entrance, and four-pot models on the rear. Magnetic Journey Management 4.0 suspension with three selectable settings is commonplace, as is black badging and a full-length electrical blue physique stripe.
The E-Ray Efficiency App on the infotainment system can show output gauges for the V8 and electrical motors, a dyno graph, or knowledge from electrical system.
Out there choices embrace carbon-fibre wheels, exhaust ideas, chromed badges, uncovered carbon-fibre components, and a number of inside color schemes.
Whereas the E-Ray might be quicker than its siblings, it is usually significantly heavier, so it will likely be attention-grabbing to see if it as satisfying to drive. The E-Ray coupe has a dry weight of 1712kg, whereas the convertible with its further structural bracing ideas the scales at 1749kg.
That’s as much as 185kg greater than the Stingray coupe (1530kg), Stingray convertible (1576kg), and Z06 coupe (1560kg).