2021 Corvette Production Back On Track

Production of the 2021 Corvette is no back on track after a two-week pause, in addition to a shift cut last week due to the severe winter storm affecting the southern U.S.

In a statement to GM Authority, Communications Manager, Manufacturing General Motors Bowling Green Assembly, Rachel Bagshaw, confirmed that the facility was indeed back up and running. The GM Bowling Green assembly plant in Kentucky is the exclusive producer of the Chevrolet Corvette.

Production of the 2021 Corvette has been somewhat of a rocky affair. Back in January, The General confirmed that it would temporarily halt production between February 1st and February 8th due to a parts supply issue. The shutdown was later extended by a week.

Then last week, General Motors canceled shifts at several of its production facilities in response to severe winter weather that swept through southern and central states of the U.S. The production shutdown included Bowling Green Assembly, which cut second shifts.

The 2021 Corvette first entered production at the Bowling Green facility on December 11th, 2020.

Production of the C8 Corvette has been spotty, even going back to the initial 2020 model year, with multiple restarts. Originally slated to begin production in December of 2019, the 2020 Corvette was first delayed as a result of the 2019 UAW strike, and again later by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of the production issues, several 2020 model year orders were pushed back to the 2021 model year, which includes price hikes for popular options like the Front Suspension Lift feature and Z51 Performance Package.

The latest 2021 Corvette also introduces two new exterior colors (Silver Flare Metallic and Red Mist Tintcoat Metallic), and a new interior color combination (Strike Yellow/Sky Cool Grey).

Motivation is once again sourced from the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 LT2 gasoline engine, which connects to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Output is rated at 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque with the optional performance exhaust system.

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Jonathan Lopez: Jonathan is an automotive journalist based out of Southern California. He loves anything and everything on four wheels.

View Comments (16)

  • I have an order in for a 2021 C8 order code ZCGV59. How can I find status and build date? There is also a 3400 code. I think it was due to be built 2/1/2021 before GM went through two weeks of shut down and then another weather week of shut down.

  • 3300 C8 schedule for production
    3800 C8 build is complete
    Call C8 Concierge @ 866 424 3892. They will check current status and provide month and if you're lucky, week of scheduled build. Good luck, my build is right behind yours.

  • Hmmmm, the only plant shut down due to a myriad of reasons. Communications about shut-downs and why you should pay more than MSRP are reminiscent of the late 60’s/early 70’s and how dealers created demand. What’s next factory/dealer rebates?????

      • Wayne, I got an email that you asked when I ordered but wasn't sure how to respond.
        I got on dealer's wait list early August for a 2021. Order put in Workbench early Nov. Car produced around 12/18 and delivered to dealer 12/23. I was off on my comment above saying it took 2 weeks to get to dealer. I picked up about 12/28.

  • Who cares, nice car with a terrible dealer network. Jud Kuhn Chevrolet in North Myrtle Beach for example getting $20,000 over sticker for these cars is insane. If they are screwing you on these guess what else your getting hosed on. Personally, there are other cars. GM should sell them the first year direct and get them in the pipeline. Courtesy deliver them through the nearest dealer like a corporate car. I have owner 35 corvettes and will never buy a new one again. Wait a year or two get the bugs out then pay what the car is really worth not the news media talk up price. I bought a Camaro, just as much fun at a fraction of the cost.

    • I did not pay over MSRP for my 2020 convertible nor have I had any problems. If your dealer is charging over MSRP, find another dealer. The resale on the car used is about 25% over MSRP. If you can’t afford it or if you don’t want one then don’t buy one!
      But please stop whining!

      • I agree! Stop whining and just don’t buy one! Buy the way, my dealer charged me MSRP for a 2021. You should find another dealer.

  • Rollout of the C8 is a total disaster. Engine failures, production delays, 18 month waits to get a car, 10,20k markups for a Chevy they should have made 40 thousand of already.

  • How many Corvette is being made on average right now? I ordered mine 1/7/2021