Production of the mid-engine Chevy Corvette C8’s eight-speed dual-clutch transmission will begin at the GM St. Catharines plant in Ontario, Canada in Q2 of the 2022 calendar year, GM Authority has learned from sources familiar with the matter.
Earlier in November, GM Authority reported that the GM St. Catharines plant would manufacture the Chevrolet Corvette C8’s eight-speed dual-clutch transmission following ratification of a labor contract between General Motors and Canadian labor union, UNIFOR. In order to produce the C8 Corvette eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, GM will invest $109 million into the GM St. Catharines facility. The money will also go towards support for “continued V8 engine production.”
Also known as St. Catharines Propulsion, St. Catharines Powertrain, or St. Catharines engine plant, the GM St. Catharines plant first opened in 1954, and is located in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. The facility also produces the GF6 six-speed automatic transmission, as well as the naturally aspirated 5.3L L84 V8 gasoline engine and naturally aspirated 6.2L L87 V8 gasoline engine.
Going forward, General Motors will take over production of the mid-engine Chevy Corvette C8’s eight-speed dual-clutch transmission from Tremec. Based in Wixom, Michigan, with production facilities in Mexico and Belgium, Tremec is the current manufacturer of the Corvette’s DCT.
As a reminder, the C8 Chevy Corvette is offered with two engine specs, including the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 LT2 gasoline engine, which is equipped by the C8 Corvette Stingray, and the naturally aspirated 5.5L V8 LT6 gasoline engine, which is equipped by the C8 Corvette Z06. Both models are equipped with the eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, and both ride on the GM Y2 platform. Both vehicles are also assembled at the GM Bowling Green Assembly facility in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The C8 Corvette Stingray is available now, while the C8 Corvette Z06 will go on sale in 2022 for the 2023 model year.