According to a report from The Detroit News, the production downtime is the result of an unspecified, temporary parts shortage. The parts shortage is not related to semiconductors, as GM confirmed yesterday.
“Our supply chain, manufacturing and engineering teams are working closely with our supply base to mitigate any further impact on production to meet the strong demand for our products,” said GM spokesperson Dan Flores in a statement.
Production of the 2023 Chevy Corvette C8 will resume on Monday, February 27th.
The GM Bowling Green plant in Kentucky first opened in 1981, and has served as the exclusive producer of the Chevy Corvette ever since. The GM Bowling Green plant is located at 600 Corvette Drive, and regularly hosts tourists interested in seeing the Chevy Corvette manufacturing process. In addition, the plant has partnered with the adjacent National Corvette Museum to provide enthusiasts with an opportunity to watch their personal Chevy Corvette get built, including a specialized tour of the facility, special delivery of the vehicle, and a commemorative photo book to celebrate the “birth” of their new sports car.
At present, the GM Bowling Green plant builds two variants of the Chevy Corvette C8, specifically the Chevy Corvette C8 Stingray, and the Chevy Corvette C8 Z06. Production of the new Chevy Corvette C8 E-Ray is expected to kick off later this year.
As a reminder, the Chevy Corvette C8 Stingray is equipped with the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 LT2 gasoline engine, rated at 490 horsepower, while the Chevy Corvette C8 Z06 is equipped with the naturally aspirated 5.5L V8 LT6 gasoline engine, which is rated at 670 horsepower. The upcoming Chevy Corvette C8 E-Ray combos the 6.2L V8 LT2 gasoline engine with a single electric motor to yield all-wheel grip and a maximum of 655 horsepower. All three models ride on the GM Y2 platform.