Following a brief, unspecified parts shortage, assembly lines at the Bowling Green plant are underway as of February 27th, 2023. Notably, this parts shortage was not related to semiconductors.
“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,” GM spokesperson Dan Flores said in a statement last week.
The GM Bowling Green plant became the exclusive producer of the Chevy Corvette in 1981, and has maintained that distinction to this day. The GM Bowling Green plant is located at 600 Corvette Drive, and regularly hosts tourists interested in seeing the Chevy Corvette manufacturing process. Additionally, the plant has partnered with the adjacent National Corvette Museum to provide enthusiasts with an opportunity to watch their personal Vette 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.
There are currently two variants of the C8 Corvette being manufactured at the GM Bowling Green plant, the 2023 Corvette C8 Stingray, and the Corvette C8 Z06. The Vette lineup is set to be expanded to include the 2024 Corvette C8 E-Ray later this year.
Under the hood, the Corvette C8 Stingray is equipped with the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 LT2 gasoline engine, rated at 490 horsepower, while the Corvette C8 Z06 is equipped with the naturally aspirated 5.5L V8 LT6 gasoline engine, which is rated at 670 horsepower. The upcoming Corvette C8 E-Ray combines the 6.2L V8 LT2 gasoline engine with a single electric motor on the front axle to provide an AWD drivetrain and a maximum of 655 horsepower.
As for structure, all Corvette variants ride on the GM Y2 platform.