In July, GM Authority was the first to report that the 2022 Corvette is set to begin production in early September. Now, we have received further information that puts a specific date on the event. So then, the 2022 Corvette Stingray SORP (Start of Regular Production) will commence at the GM Bowling Green plant on September 6th, according to GMA sources familiar with the matter. As always, this date of course is subject to change as a result of a myriad of factors.
Furthermore, the visualizer for the 2022 Corvette Stingray is live as we speak, while the build your own tool (which includes pricing) will go live on September 14th at Chevy.com.
The 2022 model year ushers in the third model year for the Chevy C8 Corvette Stingray, introducing a few changes and updates over the preceding 2021 model year.
The 2022 model year deletions include:
- (G26) Sebring Orange Tintcoat exterior color
- (GJI) Shadow Gray Metallic exterior color
- (GUI) Zeus Bronze Metallic exterior color
- (VST) Illuminated sill plates, LPO
- (5DG) 19-inch front / 20-inch rear 5-open-spoke Performance Pewter-painted aluminum wheels, LPO
New features include:
- (G48) Caffeine Metallic exterior color
- (GA7) Hypersonic Gray Metallic exterior color
- (GC5) Amplify Orange Tintcoat exterior color (extra cost)
- (ZCR) IMSA GTLM Championship C8.R Edition
- (TVS) Low rear spoiler and front splitter
- (WL0) Premium indoor car cover, Gray, fully rendered C8.R, LPO
- (5V7) Black Ground Effects, LPO
- (RYQ) Visible Carbon Fiber door intake trim, LPO (not available at start of production)
- (5V5) High wing spoiler, Visible Carbon Fiber, LPO (not available at start of production)
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.
Beginning with the 2022 Chevy Corvette Stingray, GM will switch to an Available Day Supply (ADS) dealer allocation model, as GM Authority was first to report earlier this week. An ADS dealer allocation model determines the amount of units of a particular vehicle that a dealer will be able to order and receive. To determine this, the ADS model is based on the number of days it takes the dealer in question to sell a particular vehicle. The more quickly the dealer sells a particular model, like the C8 Corvette Stingray, the more units (or greater allocation) that dealer will receive from General Motors.
For the first two (2020 and 2021) model years of the C8 Corvette Stingray, GM used a different dealer allocation model that was based on historic sales volume. In other words, the greater the volume of vehicles sold by the dealer, the larger the allocation it would receive. The rapidity with which vehicles were sold did not play a factor, unlike in the newfound ADS allocation model for the 2022 model year.
Typically, when a new and significant vehicle is released, such as the C8 Corvette Stingray, GM launches with the historic sales volume allocation model. Later, as sales start to slow down and/or stabilize, the automaker adopts the ADS model.
The ADS model is particularly welcome news for smaller dealers who may not sell a large volume of Corvettes, but still sell the units it receives quickly. Moreover, the ADS model is particularly relevant in the current market conditions, wherein supply and inventory are highly limited.
C8 Corvette Stingray sales have been impressive. In fact, it was the fastest-selling new vehicle in the U.S. during July of 2021, taking on average just seven days to sell, as GM Authority covered previously. Through the first half of the year, General Motors sold 14,582 units of the Corvette, an increase of 132 percent compared to the 2020 calendar year. The performance places the Corvette as the best-selling vehicle in its competitive set.
Sales Numbers - Premium Sports Cars - H1 2021 - USA
|MODEL||Q2 21 SHARE||Q2 20 SHARE||YTD 21 / YTD 20||YTD 21||YTD 20|
|MERCEDES-BENZ AMG GT||9%||12%||+28.18%||2,329||1,817|
The good Corvette news is far from over. The C8 Stingray will be followed by the highly-anticipated Z06 launching later this year as a 2023 model, kicking off a steady cadence of planned high-powered C8 variants, including the E-Ray, ZR1, and Zora. The Corvette Z06 will be revealed on October 26th.