The wait is finally over: Chevrolet confirmed yesterday that 2020 Corvette Stingray Production has (officially) begun. That being said, shrink-wrapped C8 Corvettes have begun amassing outside the Bowling Green Assembly Plant for a few weeks now, so we’re not sure why Chevy waited until now to share the news.
This start to production hasn’t been without its challenges, however. Because of this past fall’s UAW strike, Chevrolet pushed back production and cut dealer allocations by possibly 20%. Unfortunately, Chevrolet canceled the popular exposed carbon fiber aero kit due to supplier issues.
Moreover, dealers have been given information that Chevy will stop taking orders for the MY2020 Corvette in April. In September, the Bowling Green factory will transition to MY2021 Corvettes. This means we will see just seven months of C8 production for 2020 cars, which could make them more collectable as a result. Thankfully, the first batch of C8 Corvettes should finally hit dealerships mid- to late-February with production underway.
When the C8 Corvette does hit dealerships, we now have an idea of how lucky MY2020 costumers ordered their vehicles. With information from Kerbeck Corvette, Corvette Forum reports over 25% of cars will be in Torch Red. Kerbeck Corvette is the nations largest Corvette focused dealership, and their statistics are from 250 C8 Corvettes they have on order. Therefore, the statistics are not based on total orders, but a major sample size.
Other popular colors based on this data include Arctic White (12.5% of orders) and Elkhart Lake Blue (10.8% of orders). Surprisingly, bright colors like Rapid Blue and Sebring Orange did not receive many orders. The least popular color (therefore, the most rare) is Zeus Bronze Metallic, with only 2 of Kerbeck’s 250 orders.
Interestingly, costumers are also tending to order higher trim levels. 45% of orders are the 3LT trim, and 42.9% of orders are the 2LT trim. The 1LT base trim only made up less than 12% of orders from Kerbeck Corvette. Most importantly, the average price for Kerbeck’s orders is $79,275 before takes. This is a steep jump from the $59,995 base price that shocked the world. Still, the Corvette undercuts the much of the competition, even at this price. At this point, we have about all we can know about the C8 Corvette Stingray before it arrives in dealerships in a few weeks.