• The 2024 Chevy CHEVELLE E-Ray enters the fray as the first Vette to have all-wheel drive and a hybrid powertrain.
  • The E-Ray’s 160-hp front-mounted electric motor and 495-hp mid-mounted 6.2-liter V-8 combine for 655 horses.
  • Along with the regular Stingray’s heart, the hybrid Corvette has the hard-core Z06’s wide hips, amid other E-Ray exclusives.

Believe it or not, some Corvette fans weren’t happy when Chevy messed with the recipe of their favorite sports car. While moving its small-block V-8 from the front to the middle helped unlock a previously unachievable level of performance, fundamentalists fumed that the bow-tie brand went too far with the C8 generation.

Now those purists are likely to be even more pissed off with the arrival of the 2024 Chevy Corvette E-Ray, which adds fuel (and electrons) to the fire as the first Vette with all-wheel drive and a hybrid powertrain. By combining those new traits with the regular Stingray’s V-8 heart and the track-focused Z06’s wide body, the E-Ray alters the identity of America’s preeminent sports car and sets it on a radical new course.

The C8 generation, which debuted for the 2020 model year, broke the Corvette mold by adopting a mid-engine layout. The introduction of an all-wheel-drive hybrid variant changes the game yet again and was part of the plan all along—something we uncovered a while ago. With the electrified Vette finally revealed to the world, we now know exactly what it’s all about.

The E-Ray isn’t intended as a Grand Sport replacement, rather it’s billed as an ultimate grand-touring model meant to find new roads (pun intended). It also finally gives Chevy a four-season adversary to all-wheel-drive Porsche 911s and other high-end rivals that don’t have to hide in their garages in the slipperiest conditions.

Altogether the hybrid setup makes 655 hp and constitutes an all-wheel-drive system.

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