The final production number for the 2021 Corvette Stingray has been revealed by General Motors.
A total of 26,212 examples of the 2021 Corvette Stingray were produced at the GM Bowling Green Assembly plant in Kentucky this year. That’s up nearly 6,000 units from last year, when GM managed to build 20,368 units of the mid-engine sports car. Production of the 2021 Corvette Stingray began last December and lasted through to September 6th, 2021. Production of the 2022 Corvette will begin on September 6th.
GM managed to build more than 26,000 examples of the 2021 Corvette Stingray despite production setbacks related to parts shortages. The automaker also stopped taking new sold orders for the 2021 model year in the Spring due to overwhelming demand. Tony Johnson, director of car and crossover marketing for Chevy, told GM Authority the automaker is “not even close” to meeting demand for the C8 Corvette Stingray and that it currently has “more orders than we can handle.”
The 2022 Corvette will continue with the same naturally aspirated 6.2L LT2 V8 engine and eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, although the engine has received revised engine management calibration and a retuned Active Fuel Management system for 2022, mildly improving its fuel efficiency and emissions. Nevertheless, it will still produce 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque when equipped with the optional performance exhaust. The 2022 model will also introduce a new IMSA GTLM Championship Edition, which pays homage to the Corvette C8.R race car’s dominant performance during the 2020 IMSA season, as well as three new exterior colors in the way of Hypersonic Gray, Caffeine, and Amplify Orange Tintcoat.
Chevy has plans to expand the C8 Corvette model range for the following 2023 model year. It will unveil the highly-anticipated Z06 launching later this year as a 2023 model, which will be followed shortly after by the hybrid Corvette E-Ray.