Chevrolet leaked the upcoming hybrid Corvette E-Ray by accidentally adding a configurator on its website.
It was taken down shortly thereafter but it was too late because people had already taken screenshots of it.
And the unequivocal ‘E-Ray’ number plate gave it away.
It’s unclear whether Chevy did this on purpose to create some buzz or not.
It may have been a genuine mistake but either way, now it’s out there.
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The hybrid Corvette will be based on the C8 Stingray, and it will deliver at least 600 hp from an electrified powertrain.
The current-gen Corvette C8 Stingray is powered by an old school 6.2-liter V8.
Meanwhile the new hybrid Corvette, which is called the ‘E-Ray’, will ditch the V8 in favor of a smaller, high-performance hybrid powertrain.
It may be a V6 or perhaps even a four-cylinder engine.
What we do know is that the engine, whatever the size, will make at least 490 hp.
As for the electric motor, it will deliver at least 100+ horsepower.
We don’t know whether the car will be a plug-in hybrid or a mild hybrid.
However, it should be noted that the car doesn’t seem to have any charging ports.
The new E-Ray will likely be marketed and sold alongside the standard gas-powered Stingray.
Having said that, in the not-too-distant future, it may replace the Stingray entirely.
And sooner or later, an all-electric version will debut.
About the Chevrolet C8
When the Corvette C8 was launched in 2020, it made headlines because it was the first-ever mid-engine Corvette.
It is available as a two-door coupe or a two-door convertible, both of which are powered by the same 490-hp 6.2-liter V8.
Ironically, the engine that powers the high-performance variant, which is called the Z06, is actually smaller.
The range-topping Z06 uses a naturally aspirated 5.5-liter V8, which puts out 670 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque.
It does 0-60 in just 2.6 seconds.