Back in February, MC&T shared a report with our readers related to a trio of new paint colors slated to be on offer for Chevrolet’s 2022 C8 Corvette. These new hues are slated to replace their underperforming counterparts available on the 2021 model, including Sebring Orange, Zeus Bronze, and Shadow Gray. Dealers were initially told by General Motors that Sebring Orange and Zeus Bronze would be available for order through April 29, while Shadow Gray would stick on the books until May 27. Unfortunately for those who were hoping to snag two of these unpopular colors on a 2021 C8 Corvette, it appears this is no longer the case according to a new report from CorvetteBlogger.
The news comes by way of a memo that General Motors shared with their dealer network yesterday, which specifically relates to the Sebring Orange and Zeus Bronze hues. Chevrolet officially noted that the two colors are now being officially placed on national constraint, with zero availability for the rest of the 2021 model year. Replacement colors called Amplify Orange Tintcoat and Caffeine Brown Metallic are on the books for 2022, however. This comes after an announcement late last month that saw GM suspended customers’ ability to order new C8 Corvettes through the start of the 2022 model year in early July.
Now, there is no need to panic if you have already ordered a C8 Corvette in one of these two colors and it has gone through dealer allocation. That said, if you have an initial order that hasn’t been allocated yet, you can expect a call from your local dealership asking you to choose another exterior paint color. That is disappointing news, but not entirely surprising considering the ongoing production issues impacting the mid-engined sports car.
Sadly for 2021 C8 Corvette buyers, these paint colors aren’t the only things that Chevrolet has placed on national constraint as of late. A report from CorvetteActionCenter notes that the Visible Carbon Fiber Grille Insert has also been canned for the rest of the 2021 model year. Unless GM can work something out with the supplier of this part, it is possible this will remain the case for 2022 as well.
There is a bit of good news that we can share with Corvette fans however. A few options that have faced constraints for quite some time are now going to be available again starting next week. These options include the black trident wheels, the oh-so-cool High Wing Spoiler, and the gray outdoor car cover. While the latter isn’t all that exciting, the first two offerings haven’t been available since the early days of the C8. That in itself shows that GM is making some strides in terms of securing parts from their suppliers for this immensely popular sports car.
So then another week brings more troubles for the 2021 C8 Corvette. We were all hoping that this year would improve the production situation surrounding the car, but now all eyes are focused on 2022 being better. Besides, we should be getting the Z06 here soon, which we think could help earn GM some points back with the fanbase.
Speaking of the 2022 model year, CorvetteBlogger has also published digital paint samples of upcoming paint colors for the 2022 Corvette. What was previously described as Caffeine Brown Metallic (G48) is instead called Galactica Metallic 1, and appears to be a darker-hued replacement for Zeus Bronze Metallic. Just as well, Hypersonic Metallic 1 is a lighter shaded replacement for Dark Shadow Metallic. Amplify Orange (GC5) non-metallic tintcoat headed to the V-Series Blackwing cars is expected to be added to the 2022 Chevrolet Corvette C8 family color palette as well.