There is no denying that 2020 wasn’t a great year for the C8 Corvette. While the mid-engined sports car arrived with unrivaled excitement, those feelings quickly changed for some buyers. A UAW strike, supplier issues, and a global pandemic all came into play during the C8’s first sales year, which ultimately resulted in customer orders not being filled. As the 2021 model year begins for the Corvette Stingray, fans and buyers alike have been hopeful that this year will bring less drama. Well thanks to a report from Corvette Blogger, we have our first look at yet another round of supplier issues. This time, it relates to the Sky Cool Gray/Strike Yellow interior option.
Sky Cool Gray/Strike Yellow is a new interior option joining the C8 Corvette lineup for 2021. Available on the 3LT trim, it includes black seats finished with light grey inserts, while the whole interior gets some bright yellow stitching. Just like other new additions to the options list, this package is meant to pay respect to the Corvette Racing livery we all know and love. While this package isn’t going to be for everyone, it seems that not every customer that specced it will receive this option. Corvette Blogger says that this interior package has officially been placed on constraint by GM, marking our first production issues of the 2021 model year.
News of this 2021 C8 Corvette limitation comes from Dave Salvatore of Kerbeck Corvette, the nation’s largest Corvette dealer. It doesn’t appear to be a permanent problem however, as customers will have the option to kick their build slot down the road in hopes of the issue being resolved. That said, it appears some customers will still actually receive their cars with this option on time. Considering many early 2021 Corvette build slots are occupied by buyers who faced similar issues in 2020, we expect there to be some anger about yet another delay. If you currently have a 2021 C8 Corvette on order with this interior option, your dealer will reach out to you if your car cannot be completed as ordered.
Secondly, the Corvette Action Center outlines a sudden disappearance of a certain Chevrolet Accessory for the C8: the Stingray illuminated door sill plate, carrying RPO code VST. The outlet cites COVID-related supplier issues, which we’ve come to accept as all-but-normal at this point.
At no fault of its own, the C8 Corvette has had a rough go so far. Let’s hope that these hiccups are the only ones that buyers face for the 2021 Corvette Stingray.