The Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray Makes the Acura NSX Unnecessary
The latest Acura NSX blurs the lines between gas-powered supercar and forward-thinking electric vehicle (EV). It’s a hybrid EV with cornering credentials and striking style. However, the now-discontinued Honda hybrid bowed out just before another hybrid heavy-hitter upstaged it: the Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray.
The Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray embarrasses the now-discontinued Acura NSX Type S from the line and on the skidpad
Both the 2024 Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray and 2022 Acura NSX Type S ride on hybrid, all-wheel drive (AWD) platforms. However, that’s about where the similarities stop.
The Acura NSX Type S derives its 600 horsepower output from a combination of a 3.5L twin-turbocharged V6 and three electric motors. It’s more elegant than the 2024 Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray’s naturally aspirated 6.2L LT2 V8 and single electric motor combo. Still, it might not be necessary.
The E-Ray develops 655 horsepower from its hybrid platform, 55 more than the swan-song NSX. Paired with its own AWD grip, the E-Ray will explode to 60 mph and the ¼ mile quicker than the now-discontinued NSX.
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|Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray
|Acura NSX Type S
What’s more, three electric motors, two of which independently drive the front wheels, aren’t enough to out-grip the E-Ray. The E-Ray returned a road-holding result of 1.08 g, just 0.04 less than the scalpel-sharp Corvette Z06. Still, it’s more than enough to trounce the Acura NSX Type S and its 0.99 g grip.
However, Acura claims the NSX will top out at around 191 mph. That’s eight more than the manufacturer claims for the hybrid Corvette. Still, the best bit of data resides in the combined fuel economy figures.
The Corvette E-Ray will manage a paltry 19 mpg. That’s nothing in the face of the 50+ mpg hybrids of today’s market. However, it’s just 2.0 mpg fewer than the NSX Type S. Perhaps the final nail in the coffin? A new E-Ray starts at $62,905 less than the suggested retail price for a 2022 Acura NSX, per Edmunds.