GM is considering moving its Performance Build Center in Bowling Green, Kentucky to Michigan, GM Authority has learned.
For those readers who may be unaware, GM’s Performance Build Center is located at the automaker’s production facility in Bowling Green, Kentucky, the same facility that has exclusively produced the Chevy Corvette since 1981. The Performance Build Center was relocated from Michigan to Bowling Green in 2013 following a $3.5 million investment.
The Performance Build Center is responsible for production of the supercharged 6.2L V8 LT4 gasoline engine, which is used to power a variety of different GM vehicles, including the Chevy Camaro ZL1, Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing, and Cadillac Escalade-V. The LT4 can also be found under the hood of the C7 Chevy Corvette Z06 and Cadillac CTS-V, while a marine variant powers the Malibu Wakesetter 23 LSV boat.
Now, GM Authority has heard rumblings that GM is considering moving the center, or possibly just parts of it, from Kentucky to Michigan. Although it’s unclear at this time which parts of the center may be moved or how the move would affect GM’s engine production, at this point, it’s a possibility that’s under consideration.
Theoretically, one could argue that the decision to move the center (or parts of it) to Michigan lines up with GM’s strategy to hand-build the Cadillac Celestiq at the GM Tech Center in Warren. After all, if GM is looking to hand-build high-performance engines, it makes sense to consolidate the center alongside similar jobs in terms of attention to detail and build quality.
That said, although the Chevy Corvette C8 does not offer the supercharged 6.2L V8 LT4, the Performance Build Center is still responsible for production of the naturally aspirated 5.5L V8 LT6 cradled by the Corvette C8 Z06, so geographic proximity certainly makes sense when it comes to the LT6. What’s more, the center will likely produce the new twin-turbocharged 5.5L V8 LT7 planned for use in the upcoming Corvette C8 ZR1 and Corvette C8 Zora.
Either way, GM has yet to make a final decision on the matter, so we’ll have to wait and see what happens. In the meantime, make sure to subscribe to GM Authority for more GM business news and around-the-clock GM news coverage.