Production of the 2021 Corvette is back up and running at the GM Bowling Green facility in Kentucky, with regularly scheduled work resuming on March 8th, 2021. Production was halted for the first week of March as the result of a transmission parts supply shortage.
Chevrolet was previously forced to pause production of the 2021 Corvette for two weeks last month, also due to a parts supply shortage. Additionally, extreme winter weather in the region resulted in two cut shifts at the Bowling Green facility.
The 2021 Corvette first hit production on December 11th, 2020. GM’s production facility in Bowling Green, Kentucky has been the exclusive producer of the Chevrolet Corvette sports car since 1981.
Production of the latest eighth-generation Chevrolet Corvette has been fraught with challenges since the model’s launch. Originally scheduled to begin rolling off the line in December of 2019, the 2020 Corvette was first delayed as a result of the 2019 UAW labor strike, and again later by North American production shutdowns resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Following these production disruptions, several orders for 2020 model year vehicles were pushed back to the 2021 model year, including price hikes for popular options like the Z51 Performance Package and Front Suspension Lift.
The latest 2021 model year introduces two new color options to the C8 paint palette, including Red Mist Tintcoat Metallic and Silver Flare Metallic. The 2021 model year also introduces a new interior color combination, namely Strike Yellow/Sky Cool Grey.
As a reminder, the C8 Corvette draws motivation from the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 LT2 gasoline engine, which is rated at 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque when equipped with the optional factory performance exhaust system. Output is routed to the rear wheels by way of an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.