Production of the 2021 Corvette has been pushed back from mid-November to early December.
According to GM Authority sources familiar with the situation at the GM Bowling Green Assembly plant in Kentucky, the automaker has decided to push the production start date for the 2021 Corvette from November 16th to early December. It’s not entirely clear why this decision was made, however the revised production timeline will give GM more time to fulfill any remaining orders for the 2020 Corvette and 2020 Corvette Convertible.
Production of the 2020 Corvette was originally scheduled to begin in December of last year, but the start date was pushed back to February due to setbacks related to the 40-day UAW strike. GM was then forced to temporarily idle its plants in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic shortly after production began in February, causing a major backlog for the 2020 model year Corvette and leading to delays for the 2021 model year vehicle.
These delays also forced GM to cancel some 2020 Corvette and 2020 Corvette Convertible customer orders. Customers affected by this decision will receive a 2021 model year Corvette instead of the 2020 model year car, it is understood.
GM applied minor changes to the C8 Corvette for the 2021 model year. These include the addition of two new exterior colors to its palette, Red Mist Tintcoat and Silver Flare Metallic, along with new exterior racing stripe options and a new interior color combo. Like many 2021 model year GM vehicles, the C8 Corvette has also received standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
What hasn’t changed is the car’s powertrain. Just like before, the 2021 Corvette will come with a 6.2L LT2 V8 engine producing 490 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque, or 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet when equipped with the optional Performance Exhaust. An eight-speed dual-clutch transmission sends power to the rear wheels, enabling a 0-60 mph time of three seconds flat.