General Motors is no longer accepting new sold orders from dealerships for the 2021 Corvette, the automaker announced this week.
With demand for the C8 Corvette through-the-roof and the automaker experiencing a number of production setbacks so far this year, Chevy has been forced to close the order books for the 2021 model year variant. It will open up the order books for the 2022 model year Corvette this summer.
“Due to an overwhelming demand for the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, Chevrolet has decided to stop taking sold orders on March 25, 2021,” the automaker said in a prepared statement. “Chevrolet dealers will begin taking orders for the 2022 Corvette in early July.”
GM has experienced consistent production setbacks with the C8 Corvette since the revised sports coupe was introduced for the 2020 model year. The mid-engine sports car was originally intended to enter production in December of 2019, however it was pushed back until February of 2020 due to the 2019 UAW labor strike. Production was only up-and-running for a brief period of time before the COVID-19 pandemic once again forced the shutdown of GM Bowling Green Assembly. Subsequent parts shortages have caused other brief shutdowns throughout 2020 and 2021, making it difficult for Chevy to keep up with consistent demand.
The 2021 Corvette entered production at the GM Bowling Green Assembly plant on December 11th, 2020. The 2021 model year introduced two new color options to the C8 paint palette, Red Mist Tintcoat Metallic and Silver Flare Metallic, along with a new interior color combination called Strike Yellow/Sky Cool Grey.
As a reminder, the C8 Corvette comes with a 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 through eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
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