Start Of Regular Production (or SORP as it’s known in the trade) of the 2022 Corvette will commence at the GM Bowling Green plant in Kentucky in early September, GM Authority has learned from sources familiar with the matter.
At present, the only Corvette C8 offered is the Stingray, which is available in Coupe and Convertible body styles and the 1LT, 2LT and 3LT trim levels. This will continue for the 2022 Corvette, though the range will add the 2022 Corvette Stingray IMSA GTLM Championship Edition, which celebrates Corvette Racing‘s sweeping success in the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech race series.
Other Corvette C8 variants will become available in the future. The first of those – the upcoming Corvette C8 Z06 – will not arrive until the 2023 model year, as GM Authority was first to report in June.
Changes to the 2022 Corvette include the addition of three new exterior paint colors, as follows:
- Hypersonic Gray Metallic (RPO Code GA7)
- Amplify Orange Tintcoat (G48)
- Caffeine Metallic (GC5)
There will also be slight modifications to the 6.2L V8 LT2 engine, though these will not affect its output of 490 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque in standard form and 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque if the car is fitted with the optional Performance Exhaust system.
GM’s problem with the C8 Corvette is that it can’t build enough to satisfy the enormous demand. In April, we reported that around 11,000 orders of the 2021 Corvette still had to be fulfilled, which amounted to nearly double the 6,611 units sold in Q1 of 2021. Two months later, director of Chevrolet car and crossover marketing, Tony Johnson, admitted that the automaker was “not even close” to catching up with demand. “We have more [Corvette C8] orders than we can handle,” he added.
Part of the reason for this is that Corvette C8 production got off to a rocky start. It was first impacted in 2019 by the 40-day-long UAW strike, followed by a pause in production lasting roughly two months as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Then, production was paused once again in 2021 due to supply issues, which have not been fully explained but are believed to be unrelated to the global semiconductor shortage. The situation has eased somewhat, with Bowling Green running at full production across two shifts per day since June 7th.
GM is at present attempting to fulfill 2021 Corvette orders at Event Status 3000 and above, but it might not be possible to fulfill all of those orders between now and the switchover to 2022 Corvette production. As such, some existing Corvette C8 orders will likely end up being moved to the subsequent model year.