The 2023 Corvette will not feature a rear trunk key lock cylinder, GM Authority has learned.
On the 2020 to 2022 model-year Corvette, there were two physical key lock cylinders that owners could use to access the cabin of the vehicle or the trunk if the keyfob stopped working, or the power release doors/trunk stopped working. The cabin access lock cylinder was located on the driver-side door, while the trunk lock cylinder was located on the rear of the vehicle behind the license plate.
For the 2023 model year, the Corvette has ditched the rear trunk key lock cylinder and will only have a physical lock on the driver’s side door. This means that if the rear trunk hatch becomes seized, a hole will have to be drilled in the back of the vehicle to open it. According to a GM document, a body shop will have to drill a three-inch hole in the rear of the car, which will allow the technician to lift the rear panel up and access the fasteners that hold the trunk latch to the vehicle. GM of course suggests trying the interior trunk release switch, exterior touch pad trunk release and keyfob trunk release before resorting to cutting into the vehicle to access the seized trunk.
Production of the 2023 Corvette Stingray is underway now at the GM Bowling Green plant in Kentucky. As GM Authority covered prior, production officially began on May 23rd, 2022, after being pushed back from the previously scheduled start date of May 16th. Order books for the 2023 Corvette Stingray opened on April 7th. The start of production for the 2023 Corvette Stingray 70th Anniversary Edition is currently set for mid-summer, while the start of production for the 2023 Corvette Z06 is still yet to be determined.
As a reminder, the C8 Corvette rides on the Y2 platform, with the C8 Corvette Stingray featuring the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 LT2 gasoline engine, rated at 490 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. The new-for-2023 C8 Corvette Z06 boasts the new naturally aspirated 5.5L V8 LT6 engine, rated at 670 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Both of these eight-cylinder engines connect to a Tremec-designed and GM-built eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.