Production of the 2021 Corvette was previously scheduled to begin on December 8th, but for unknown reasons, the actual start was delayed until December 11th. GM was forced to pause production at Bowling Green Assembly for two days in early November due to supplier constraints, which could be the reason behind the three-day delay to switch to building the 2021 model year version.
GM made some very minor changes to the Corvette for the 2021 model year. These alterations include the addition of two new exterior colors, Red Mist Tintcoat Metallic and Silver Flare Metallic, a new Strike Yellow/Sky Cool Grey interior color combo, and new standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto systems, among more. The 2021 Corvette sticks with its naturally aspirated GM 6.2L V8 LT2 engine and standard eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
GM managed to build a total of 20,368 examples of the 2020 Corvette this year, despite significant setbacks brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Of those, 16,787 were coupes, while 3,581 were convertibles. Production numbers for the Corvette Convertible should be higher for the 2021 model year due to pandemic related delays and the fact that the Chevy only started producing the convertible version later in the year.
The GM Bowling Green Assembly plant came back online in May after GM was forced to temporarily close the facility due to the pandemic. The automaker has been working diligently to ensure there are no COVID-19 outbreaks at its U.S. assembly plants and has also been keeping a close eye on how its suppliers are handling the pandemic to avoid parts shortages.