It seems like every month since the 2020 Corvette Stingray has been in production there’s some sort of obstacle that the General Motors Bowling Green Assembly plant has to overcome. This time around it’s once again being cited as “supplier issues,” which otherwise means that, once again, there’s a lack of parts. Notifications have been sent to various employees notifying them of the delay. In effect, the C8 will not be built the week of October 12. It is expected to resume by October 19, per Corvette Blogger. However, there’s actually good news to report in regards to the 2020 Corvette.
According to Corvette Action Center, the 2020 model year Corvette will see its production extended further than anticipated, going through December 2020. However, it’s unclear what will happen with the schedule of the 2021 model year Corvette at this time. The upside is that the longer timeline the 2021 Corvette has, the more ready GM and its suppliers will be to launch the product. In theory, anyway.
CAC notes that the Bowling Green, Kentucky, Corvette factory builds 800 units per week. Mathematically, with 12 weeks left in the year, another 9,600 2020 Corvettes could become available. Minus next week’s shutdown, and likely a bit during the holidays, the final production number by year’s end will likely end up well below that.
Earlier this year, Chevrolet was forced to drop the popular 5VM carbon fiber aero kits and High Wing for the 2020 Corvette due to supplier issues. For the 2021 Corvette, these options are expected to return. Pricing for the 2021 model year C8 Corvette Stingray remains largely unchanged, save for a $995 uptick in the popular Z51 package. Customers will also be able to order the FE2 magnetic ride suspension system without the need to order a Z51 package. In the paint department, Red Mist Tintcoat replaces Long Beach Red, and Silver Flare is a no-cost color option.