So far, we’ve only seen the C8 Chevrolet Corvette in base Stingray Coupe and Convertible forms, but make no mistake, General Motors has big plans for their halo sports car, pushing it well into supercar territory. And the start of this rollout is coming in the 2022 model year with the Z06. This means the 2022 model year will bring the biggest changes to the C8 Corvette lineup since the mid-engined sports car rolled off the line in 2020, spearheaded by the Z06. Now, new rumors give us a timetable for the end of the 2021 Corvette, and the beginning of the 2022 car.
Corvette Blogger is reporting a trusted source is claims the Bowling Green production facility will end 2021 C8 Corvette production the week of July 19 and swap to the 2022 model year shortly after. While this is just a rumor, it seems to line up with other information.
Historically, GM has shifting Corvette model year production in early July, but the pandemic pushed that typical timeline back for the 2021 model. Corvette Product Manager Harlan Charles is on the record saying they won’t be pushing back 2021 production, so July 19 makes sense in this case.
Furthermore, MC&T has also reported on rumors suggesting the C8 Corvette Z06 could debut in July, 2021. If 2021 Corvette production ends in July, it paves the way for the Z06 to go on sale later in the year. Expect the regular 2022 Corvette to go into production a few weeks after the 2021 leaves, as there will need to be a changeover period. These time tables seem to support each other.
Other than the Z06, the 2022 C8 Corvette isn’t getting any major changes we know of. But three existing paint colors will be swapped out for three new shades, and we can probably expect some other cosmetic and appearance options, like how we got new stripes in 2021. After 2022, the Corvette E-Ray hybrid will join the lineup in 2023, and the Zora and ZR-1 will come after that.
This is just a rumor, and we’ll have to wait and see if the changeover happens around July 19 or not, but it seems plausible.