During the General Motors 2022 Investment Day presentation, company president Mark Reuss gave investors a full rundown on what’s to come in the near term when it comes to exciting future products. One of these future products talked about was the upcoming C8 Corvette E-Ray, which recently leaked online. Though he didn’t specifically use the name, we know what he was talking about. It was revealed that we can expect to get the upcoming hybrid Corvette next year, which is sooner than most believed, as it was expected for 2024.
C8 Corvette E-Ray: Details
“This is the Chevrolet Electrified C8 Corvette. This comes here this next year, obviously 2023, and I tell you what, after the basis of C8 and then, on top of that, Z06 with the most powerful naturally aspirated flat-plane crank V8 ever. This is the next springboard for the C8 platform,” said Reuss. “So, we’re very, very excited about this, obviously.”
Unfortunately, the images were redacted from the presentation recording, which makes sense as Chevrolet doesn’t yet want us to see the upcoming new C8. However, there is some silver lining as the Corvette Visualizer recently leaked the E-Ray configurator (without pricing), giving some vigelant Corvette fans the opportunity to outfit the Corvette E-Ray as they saw fit before Chevrolet caught wind and removed the visualizer.
The 2023 C8 Corvette E-Ray is expected to be a widebody mid-engine powered by the LT2 V8 with electric assist motors on the front axles. The visualizer showed that the car’s body would be the same as the Z06 widebody. However, all of the trim is in the car’s body color. Additionally, the E-Ray name appears on the lower rear quarter panel. On the inside of the upcoming Corvette E-Ray, the vehicle will have a ReGen on Demand button that will allow drivers to enable regenerative braking to capture energy produced when braking and convert it back into charge for the batteries. There’s also an Auto Start-Stop Button, which makes sense for a more fuel-efficient vehicle, but we’re unsure how many supercar drivers will want to deal with the engine turning back on after being stopped at a light.
We can expect the C8 Corvette E-Ray to be available to order as early as the next couple of months, and this is just the first C8 Corvette hybrid coming to the market.