Everything is getting pushed back by almost a full model year

Back in April, we learned that the convertible version of the Chevrolet Corvette C8 won’t see the light of day in 2020. With the plant at Bowling Green closed off due to the coronavirus pandemic, Chevrolet decided to skip the drop-top for the 2020 model year, delaying it for 2021. But now it seems that the Convertible might see an even longer delay, as the coupe model itself is also missing out on a big part of the 2021 model year. Chevy says that it will begin taking orders for the 2021 Corvette in late May, but we still don’t know when production will restart. May 18 is the latest target for that, but it could change depending on how the pandemic evolves.

The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 is officially a limited run model

You Should Probably Skip Buying a 2021 Chevy C8 Corvette Too Exterior
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The 2020 Corvette was originally scheduled to enter production in the fall of 2019 and roll off the assembly line until summer 2020. But things didn’t go as planned. Not only Chevy had to delay production due to some development issues, but it also had to cope with a labor strike. Production was pushed back to the winter, and it lasted only a few months as the COVID-19 pandemic forced GM to shut down the plant on March 20.

This resulted in less than 2,700 Corvettes being built for the 2020 model year, a run that’s far off the nameplate’s recent production output of around 20,000 units per year. Production for a single model year has never been so low, except for 1955, when 700 cars were made, and 1953, the Corvette’s first year on the market with around 300 built. The 2020 Corvette is basically a limited-run launch edition.

The 2021 Chevrolet Corvette C8 will also be a rare bird

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The fact that the Corvette C8 has some issues with panel gaps doesn’t help either. Chevy will now have to fix those errors and push production back even further. It’s safe to say that Chevy won’t build too many examples for 2021, either. Sure, production might exceed 5000 units in this case, but it’s still lower than expected. And orders will keep piling up, bringing in more problems for both Chevrolet and its customers. With demand exceeding production, we could see, as it happened in the past, ludicrous prices at dealers or buyers that will be looking to speculate newly bought cars and sell them for way more than sticker price.

This crisis will push back other versions of the Corvette

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Also, in April 2020, we saw a chart with Chevrolet’’s plans for the Corvette for the next few years. The chart confirms that Z06, Grand Sport, ZR1, and Zora models are underway, some of which are hybrid. The Z06 was scheduled for 2022, while the Grand Sport, which will be a hybrid, is set to arrive for 2023. The ZR1 was scheduled for 2024, while the Zora, a beefed-up hybrid model with 1,000 horsepower, was supposed to break cover for the 2025 model year.Given these new delays, it’s safe to say that each of the models above will arrive later than planned. So expect the Z06 to arrive for 2023, the Grand Sport for 2024, and the ZR1 for 2025. Sadly, the extreme and highly anticipated Zora model might not become available before the 2026 model year.

Chevrolet Corvette C8 specifications
Engine LT2, 6.2-liter, n/a V-8, mid-mounted
Power 490 hp, 495 hp w/ the Z51 pack
Torque 465 lb-ft, 470 lb-ft w/ the Z51 pack
Transmission 8-speed DCT
0-60 mph 2.9 s
Top speed 194 mph
Price tag $59,995

Source: The Truth About Cars

Ciprian Florea
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