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V8 and E-Boost, the Corvette for the modern age

The Corvette has been a symbol of roaring V8 engines for decades. In the future, the US car will also be able to roam silently. But the farewell to eight cylinders it's not yet.

Chevrolet will in future also be offering the mid-engine Corvette sports car with a hybrid drive. The variant called E-Ray combines a 369 kW/502 hp 6,2-liter V8 with eight-speed-Automatic and 120 kW/163 hp electric motor on the front axle. The overall performance of the eAWD mentioned all-wheel drive is 488 kW/664 hp. Thanks to the electric boost, the E-Ray should sprint from a standing start to 100 km/h in well under three seconds – a new one record in the long history of the series. The electric motor draws power from a 1,9 kWh battery recuperation is loaded. The E-Ray Corvette should also allow purely electric driving up to a maximum of 70 km/h for shorter distances in a driving mode called Stealth.

From the second half of the year, the Corvette E-Ray will be available in the US. The prices for the coupe start at around 96.600 euros, for the cabriolet at around 103.000 euros. Standard equipment on the E-Ray version includes Brembo's Magnetic Ride Control suspension and carbon-ceramic brakes.

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