Exactly 70 years after the first Corvette debuted at Motorama in New York City, Chevrolet have provided the world with a muscle car of the future.
The first-ever electrified Corvette with an all-wheel-drive and a powerful 6.2L LT2 Small Block V-8 has been named the E-Ray.
"In 1953, the enthusiastic reaction to the Chevrolet Corvette concept kicked off seven decades of passion, performance, and American ingenuity," said Mark Reuss, General Motors president. "E-Ray, as the first electrified, all-wheel-drive Corvette, takes it a step further and expands the promise of what Corvette can deliver."
The E-Ray is the quickest production Corvette in history, clocking a 2.5-second 0-60 mph time before breezing through the quarter-mile in 10.5 seconds.
"Corvettes must provide an exhilarating driving experience on backroads and tracks, and E-Ray nails it," said Tadge Juechter, executive chief engineer, Corvette. "The electrification technology enhances the feeling of control in all conditions, adding an unexpected degree of composure."
A near-immediate feeling of thrust from low-end torque is core to the Corvette driving experience, and the E-Ray packs plenty of it.
Power comes from the 6.2L LT2 Small Block V-8, putting 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque to the rear axle. It is complemented by an electric motor that channels an additional 160 horsepower and 125 lb-ft of torque through the front wheels via a 1.9 kWh battery pack, which is located between the seats. In total, E-Ray produces a combined 655 horsepower from both the electric motor and Small Block V-8.
Fans will have to wait though - it's due in 2024.