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Our friends at GM-Trucks have dug up an interesting detail on the 2023 Corvette E-Ray: the RPO code for what’s described internally as “eAWD.” This identifies an all-wheel-drive system that sends power to various wheels via electric motors, which in effect will make the C8 E-Ray the first production Corvette hybrid. The RPO codes are listed as ‘XFD’ and ‘XRD’, depending on the year. Its battery pack will be located in the “spine” of the chassis, while the drive motors will use up all of the open space in the C8’s front storage compartment. The frunk, if you will.

While the original report describes the eAWD system as an “option,” MC&T has verified through its sources that the RPO codes XFD will be standard equipment on the 2023 Corvette E-Ray. For 2024, this RPO code will change to XRD, per GM-Trucks.

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Here are exclusive details of our own that we can add to the story at this time: power of the front “e-axle” will range around 150-175 horsepower. Added to the 490 horsepower LT2 V8 engine that it will be paired with in the 2023 Corvette E-Ray, and we’re looking at output levels of around 650 horsepower. As a party trick (and as a CAFE gimmick), the Corvette E-Ray will be able to move in complete silence in some instances. But while this does imply that this hybrid setup will save fuel, it’s unlikely that Chevrolet will market this Corvette as such. Like other performance cars with electrification, expect the messaging to be purely about how electrification can improve numbers like 0-60 times, lap times, and/or quarter-mile times. Just don’t ask about how much weight’s being added in the process.

Adding to our exclusive details, the 2023 Corvette E-Ray will also share a widebody design, wheels and other hardware with the C8 Corvette Z06, which will debut in 2021 for the 2022 model year, pending further delays. But there will be major differences between the two, primarily in the engine bay, as has been reported.

Where the E-Ray will share the pushrod 6.2L V8 with the C8 Stingray, the upcoming Z06 will feature a unique 5.5L naturally aspirated DOHC V8 with a flat-plane crankshaft, codenamed LT6. Unassisted with the complexities of electrification, forced induction, or front drive axles, the C8 Z06 will still push out around 600 horsepower to the crank with engine speeds approaching 9,000 revolutions per minute. USA! USA! USA!

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Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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