It may sound like a cliché, but GM literally can not build enough units of the 2021 Chevy Corvette to meet demand. As of this writing, around 11,000 orders for the high-performance sports car need to be fulfilled, GM Authority has learned from sources close to the situation.
There are two complementary ways of dealing with this. One is to build the Chevy Corvette C8 in the greatest numbers possible. However, maintaining adequate supply levels has been problematic ever since the mid-engine Corvette made its debut for the 2020 model year.
The first setback occurred when the start of production was pushed back from December of 2019 to February of 2020 due to the 2019 UAW labor strike. Then, an industry-wide two-month factory shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated the situation further. Since then, there have been yet more shutdowns in 2020 and 2021 due to parts shortages, most recently from March 1st to March 7th. And all the while, hopeful customers keep asking dealers to place orders.
To that end, General Motors has stopped accepting orders for the 2021 Corvette last month.
“Due to an overwhelming demand for the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, Chevrolet has decided to stop taking sold orders on March 25th, 2021,” the automaker said in a prepared statement.
Every Chevy Corvette is built at the GM Bowling Green plant in Kentucky. Currently, the maximum production rate for the vehicle is 186 units per day. It will take around 60 working days, or two working months, to build 11,000 units, if we optimistically assume that there will be no further shutdowns or production interruptions.
And all of this is simply to accommodate customers who are already waiting for their cars, not those who would like an order to be placed one day. And that’s not even to mention customers who wish to simply visit a dealer and buy an inventory unit, which is currently almost impossible. Perhaps it’s a nice problem for GM to have, but that doesn’t make it any less of a problem.
The 2021 Chevy Corvette is available as the Stingray model, itself available in Coupe (with a manually-removable top) and hard-top Convertible form. Each Stingray is, in turn, available in three trim levels called 1LT, 2LT and 3LT. All versions have are powered by the naturally aspirated 6.2L LT2 V8 engine which produces 490 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque in standard form, or 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque with the optional Performance Exhaust.
The 2022 Corvette range will be broadly similar, as it will continue to include the Stingray Coupe and Stingray Convertible. However, the lineup will grow to include the track-focused C8 Z06 and the E-Ray, the first gasoline-electric hybrid model in Corvette history. Chevy dealers will begin taking orders for the 2022 Corvette Stingray in July, while orders for the Z06 and E-Ray will likely open towards the end of the calendar year.