The extended production pause was confirmed to GM Authority by Car, Performance and Motorsports Communications, Trevor Thompkins. Thompkins indicated that the production pause was due to a “temporary supply issue.”
The parts shortage is believed to be unrelated to the ongoing global semiconductor chip shortage, which has forced General Motors to cut production at facilities around the world. Production of the 2021 Corvette was originally expected to resume Tuesday, June 1st.
General Motors halted new sold orders for the 2021 Corvette on March 25th due to overwhelming demand for the latest mid-engine sports car. Meanwhile, new orders for the 2022 Chevrolet Corvette will open in July, with production kicking off later this summer.
The latest eighth-generation C8 Corvette is produced exclusively at the Bowling Green Assembly plant in Kentucky. The Bowling Green facility has served as the exclusive producer of the Chevrolet Corvette sports car since 1981.
Production of the C8 Corvette has been somewhat rocky since it first started rolling off the line for the 2020 model year. Originally slated to enter production in December of 2019, the C8 was initially delayed as a result of the 2019 UAW labor strike, and again later by the COVID-19 pandemic. Further parts shortages resulted in subsequent production cuts throughout the 2020 and 2021 calendar years.
The eighth-generation Chevrolet Corvette is the first production model to feature a mid-engine layout, drawing motivation from the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 LT2, rated at 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque when outfitted with the optional performance exhaust system. The V8 is mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, which feeds power exclusively to the rear wheels.