The eighth-generation C8 Corvette is a collection of firsts for the iconic performance nameplate, and the latest 2024 Corvette E-Ray continues the theme as the first-ever production Corvette equipped with a hybrid powertrain, as well as the first-ever production Corvette equipped with all-wheel drive. Notably, the C8 Corvette E-Ray is also the first-ever production Corvette equipped with front-wheel drive. Wait… what?
We’ll explain. For those readers who may have missed it, the 2024 Corvette E-Ray mates a mid-mounted V8 with a front-mounted electric motor, the conjunction of which offers all-wheel grip. However, in addition to hybrid electric-gasoline power, the E-Ray also includes a new Stealth Mode, which relies solely on the front-mounted electric motor to move the E-Ray.
Stealth Mode is a good option for those 2024 Corvette E-Ray customers looking to stay in the good graces of their neighbors when leaving early in the morning, or those customers that want to travel short distances (up to 45 mph) without turning over the V8. However, it also means that when operating in Stealth Mode, the 2024 Corvette E-Ray is technically front-wheel drive.
Not that customers will necessarily point to that fact for bragging rights. Still, it’s interesting that the hybrid powertrain enables the Vette to be a front-wheel-drive electric vehicle, at least in the technical sense.
As for the gasoline-powered part of the equation, the new E-Ray features the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 LT2, the same powerplant that powers the C8 Corvette Stingray. Rated at 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, the V8 teams up with the front-mounted motor to produce a maximum of 655 horsepower, with the V8 driving the rear wheels via Chevy’s dual-clutch eight-speed automatic transmission (RPO code MLH), and the electric drive motor responsible for the front axle. The front motor is powered by a 1.9 kWh battery pack that recharges under normal driving conditions.
As a reminder, the 2024 Corvette E-Ray rides on the GM Y2 platform, with production taking place at the GM Bowling Green plant in Kentucky