GM did not say which parts are currently unavailable for production. Noting that demand for the Chevy Corvette C8 remains high, GM representative Dan Flores said the company’s “supply chain, manufacturing and engineering teams are working closely with our supply base to mitigate any further impact on production.”
This is not the first time in recent months Chevy Corvette production has been suspended due to a parts shortage. This is the sixth occasion during the past 12 months that supply issues have forced a similar temporary halt to Corvette manufacture.
GM stopped production at Bowling Green exactly one year ago during the week starting March 21st, 2022. The company didn’t reveal which parts were unavailable at that time, either, though it indicated the semiconductor shortage wasn’t responsible. The halt pushed back release of the 2023 Chevy Corvette Stingray by a week. A similar pause occurred in late April 2022, ending on May 2nd.
Production of the Chevy Corvette proceeded uninterrupted through the later spring and mid-summer of 2022. However, the plant was idled again in late August at a time when plastics and seat foam were in short supply, though GM did not confirm the specific cause. The factory went offline again for one week in mid-October. The current halt is the second to occur so far in 2023.
As a reminder, the Chevy Corvette C8 Stingray is equipped with the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 LT2 gasoline engine developing 490 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque, while the Chevy Corvette C8 Z06 is motivated by the naturally aspirated 5.5L V8 LT6 gasoline engine, which is rated at 670 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.
The upcoming Chevy Corvette C8 E-Ray combines the 6.2L V8 LT2 gasoline engine with a single electric motor to produce all-wheel grip and a maximum of 655 horsepower. All three models ride on the GM Y2 platform.