Production of the 2021 Corvette will be suspended for one week during the first week of February due to a parts shortage, General Motors has confirmed.
The line at the GM Bowling Green Assembly plant in Kentucky will be paused from February 1st through to February 8th due to the parts supply issue. GM did not say what parts have caused the planned production shutdown, although we can confirm it is not related to the ongoing semiconductor microchip shortage that has been causing production delays across the industry in recent weeks and months.
“Due to a temporary parts supply issue, we can confirm that Bowling Green Assembly will not run production the week of February 1,” GM said in a prepared statement. “Our supply chain, manufacturing and engineering teams are working closely with our supply base to mitigate any further impact on production, and we expect the plant to resume normal operations on Monday, February 8.”
Production of the 2021 Corvette began on December 11th, 2020 following the completion of production of the 2020 model year. Chevy applied some minor changes to the mid-engine Corvette for the 2021 model year, which included 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.
The 2021 Corvette sticks with its naturally aspirated GM 6.2L V8 LT2 engine and standard eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The 6.2L LT2 V8 produces 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque when the optional Performance Exhaust is fitted to the mid-engine sports car. Prices remain unchanged from the 2020 model year Corvette, with the base 1LT trim level starting at $59,995 including the $1,095 destination freight charge.