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    2022 Chevrolet Corvette Production Set for September

    2022 Chevrolet Corvette Production Set for September

    Production delays have continued to hold up the 2022 Chevrolet Corvette this year and GM is desperately trying to keep up with demand. However, GM Authority announced Saturday that the 2022 Chevrolet Corvette production will begin this September.

    Currently, the only C8 offered is the Stingray, which is available in coupe and convertible styles. While we anticipated a Z06 model in 2022, we will now have to wait an additional year when it's set to debut in 2023. 

    Some of the changes we can expect with the 2022 Corvette are three new exterior color options which have officially been confirmed, along with some minor changes to the 6.2L V8 LT2 engine. Changes to the engine will not affect its current output of 290 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of toque in standard form. 

    GM has struggled with building enough C8s to meet their current demand. Reportedly, Tony Johnson, Director of Chevrolet car and crossover marketing, stated that they were not even close to meeting the current demand for the car. He added, "We have more orders than we can handle."

    The underproduction is due to a variety of hold-ups in the production process since the C8 first debuted. These include a 40-day strike, followed by a halt in production due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as a supply shortage. Bowling Green has now been running at full production since June 7th.

    Photos courtesy of Chevrolet

    2021 Corvette Production Updates

    2021 Corvette Production Updates

    GM Authority has announced that 2021 Corvette Production is set to wrap up the week of July 19th. Those who are interested in buying the latest C8 should plan to place their order by the end of May.

    Production of the newest C8 Corvette has been somewhat of a rollercoaster since it began. While it was set to hit the ground running in December of 2019, the 2019 Auto Union Workers strike delayed production to early 2020. It incurred another hiccup when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S. in March, 2020. 

    Additionally, supply issues caused further delays throughout the 2020 production cycle, causing several 2020 C8 customers to push their order back to the 2021 model. Those who were forced to push their order back are also incurring price increases for some of the options, including the Z51 Performance Package and the Front Suspension Lift Feature.

    The 2021 C8 Corvette production was subsequently delayed due to the variety of delays in the previous years' model. While production was set to begin in November of 2020, it was ultimately pushed back to December, 2020. In January 2021, Chevrolet faced another parts supply issue, halting production for a week. Additional supply issue delays happened in February and March as well.

    As long as things stay on track, we will look forward to a production end-date the week of July 19, 2021. 

    Photos obtained from GM Authority 

    Possible Color Options for 2022 C8 Corvette

    Possible Color Options for 2022 C8 Corvette

    The possible color options for the 2022 C8 Corvette have been revealed through a report obtained by CorvetteBlogger. Three of the existing color options are likely to be dropped for the 2022 model according to Chevrolet. The retired color options include Sebring Orange, Shadow Gray, and Zeus Bronze. Motor1.com reached out to confirm this information with Chevrolet and received the following response:

    We notified Chevy dealers that we intend to discontinue a few exterior paint colors on Corvette at the end of 2021 model year. This was done so they could provide accurate information to customers who are interested in ordering a 2021 Corvette so customers can get the color they want while still available. At this time, we are not providing specific details on color options for model year 2022. Those options will be communicated to dealers closer to the time of 2022 model year ordering.

    Sebring Orange and Zeus Bronze will be able to be requested through April 29th, 2021, while Shadow Gray will be available to order through May 27th, 2021.

    While solid details about the 2022 color options likely won't be confirmed until July, when Chevy plans to release the first official details on the Corvette C8 Z06, the CorvetteBlogger source did share what we can anticipate. There is a strong likelihood that we will see one brand new color, as well as replacements for Sebring Orange and Shadow gray.

    The information was obtained from the European Corvette Dealer's website where they shared some of the color options that will be offered. The paint choices are listed out as: Amplify Orange Tintcoat, Hypersonic Gray Metallic, and Caffeine Brown Metallic. These are the internal names used by General Motors and we can expect these colors to debut with names different than those listed above. 

    For more updates about the 2022 C8 Corvette, visit our previous post The 2020 C8 Corvette: What to Expect.

    The 2022 C8 Corvette: What to Expect

    The 2022 C8 Corvette: What to Expect

    The evolution of the C8 Chevrolet Corvette will no doubt be a fascinating one to watch. While rumblings of various models start to swirl around the internet, will it be the Z06, ZR1, or the Zora model that we see next? Details from a recent Motor Trend report via an anonymous source tip us off to what we can expect out of the 2022 C8.

    According to the anonymous source, we should expect to see five different C8 models over the next four years. The Z06 is rumored to join us for 2022, while the ZR1 and PHEV models are expected in 2023. The EV model will debut in 2024, and finally, the Zora model is rumored to arrive as a 2025 model.

    The Z06 will likely sport a naturally aspirated engine with a 5.5 liter flat-plane crank V8 under the hood with up to 625 horsepower. Rumor has it that optional carbon-fiber wheels will be offered with this model, along with carbon-ceramic brakes and high-performance tires. Expect the Z06 to debut with a base price in the $80,000 range. 

    The Motor Trend report goes on to detail the 2023 ZR1, which will likely feature the same 5.5 liter V8 as the Z06, with some additional turbochargers. With up to 850 horsepower, this model is going to be an absolute powerhouse. Pricing will likely start in the $120,000 range with a variety of additional add-on features.

    In addition to the ZR1 model, 2023 seems like it's geared up to be the Corvette fanatic's best year yet, with the likely debut of the first ever hybrid version. Also packing a 5.5 liter V8 under the rear hood, the hybrid model will sport a pair of electric motors connected to the front axel. Horsepower for the hybrid edition is predicted to be somewhere between the Z06 and ZR1, at approximately 700-HP. Base models are rumored to start at $100,000.

    An all-electric model is also in the works, taking the hybrid version up a notch for the 2024 model. There will be an additional motor in the rear, along with a larger battery pack. Although details are limited right now, it's rumored that the all-electric model will pack 500 horsepower with a range of 200 miles in the $100,000+ range.

    The pinnacle of the C8 series will no doubt be the 2025 Zora model. While it's been rumored for many years now, this will be the most incredible Corvette ever built. It will feature a combination of the twin-turbo V-8 engine from the ZR1 with the hybrid system of the E-Ray, producing in excess of 1,000 horsepower. Base models will start around $150,000.

    Image: Via Corvette Forum

    2020 Corvette Production Updates and 2021 Corvette Changes

    2020 Corvette Production Updates and 2021 Corvette Changes

    The COVID-19 situation is affecting us all. For Corvette, it means that a year that was full of promises and new hope, is now not so full, but rather scarce with the rare spotting of the new mid-engine Corvette. With a trickle of the new C8s hitting the streets, it seems that the 2020 Corvette will be a bit of a rarity--and if you managed to snag one, consider yourself lucky.

    COVID-19 has essentially shut down automobile production around the world, and the Corvette is no exception. The Bowling Green Assembly Plant was able to pump out just 2,700 of the new mid-engine Corvettes before they were ordered to shut down production. With high-demand and over 40,000 reservations of the new C8 last year, several owners are realizing the potential for making a massive profit on the sale of their car. 

    We have limited information on when Corvette will pick back up production, and the convertible edition will likely be postponed, if not completely skipped over for 2020.

    So, what does this mean if you've already reserved a 2020 C8 but have yet to receive it? Production is indefinitely delayed and there is no telling when it'll begin again.

    2021 allocations will potentially begin in May and will inevitably bring some changes to the mid-engine Corvette. It was recently leaked that two additional color choices will join the lineup: Red Mist Tintcoat and Silver Flare. These will most likely replace the Long Beach Red and Blade Silver color options. 

    Another potential update will be the addition of the "Stingray R" graphics package. It's been reported that it would likely replicate a C8.R race car.

    Along with a few other additions, such as new available stripe patterns and colors, new interior designs for the 3LT trim level, and available carbon fiber exterior pieces, 2021 will give us all something to look forward to.

    In the meantime, enjoy browsing our ever-growing C8 collection on the site. We'll keep you posted with any production updates as we learn more.