Even before the 2024 Corvette E-Ray was officially unveiled, GM Authority had been reporting on the possibility of the electrified Corvette becoming available in a right-hand-drive (RHD) configuration due to leaks and spy photographs. With this in mind, GM has announced that the C8 E-Ray will be offered in Australia and New Zealand through General Motors Specialty Vehicles, or GMSV.
Detailed in conjunction with the arrival of the GMC Yukon in the Land Down Under, the Corvette E-Ray will be on offer in 2024 as the third C8 variant for the Oceanic market. More specifically, the C8 Stingray is already available in Australia and New Zealand, while the C8 Z06 is set to arrive before the electrified Vette.
“The electrified architecture makes this the most technologically advanced Corvette ever and we are pleased to announce that MY24 build of the new model is expected to commence mid-next year,” GMSV Director Greg Rowe claimed in a prepared statement.
As of the time of this writing, it’s unclear exactly what the differences between the U.S.-spec E-Ray and Australian-spec E-Ray are outside of the LHD and RHD configurations. Regardless, E-Ray models destined for the United States combine the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 LT2 gasoline engine, rated at 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, with an electric motor mounted on the front axle. This supplemental electric motor develops an extra 160 horsepower and 125 pound-feet, bringing total system output up to 655 horsepower.
Handling the shifting duties is a new variant of the Corvette’s dual-clutch, eight speed automatic transmission (RPO code MLH). Of course, output is directed to all four wheels.
Under the skin, the C8 E-Ray rides on the GM Y2 platform, which it shares with all C8 Corvette models. Production takes place at the GM Bowling Green plant in Kentucky alongside the C8 Stingray and C8 Z06 models.