All 40,000 units allotted for the US market are already spoken for.
The start of production for the all-new, rear-mid-engine 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 has been moved back from this month to February 2020, but that hasn't stemmed the tide of customer orders in the US. MotorTrend reports that, according to GM North America President Barry Engle, all 40,000 Corvettes allotted for the US market for 2020 have already been spoken for by Chevrolet dealerships.
The auto workers union strike earlier in the year forced General Motors to rethink its production ramp-up schedule at its Bowling Green, Kentucky assembly plant, and the delay could affect the start of availability in global markets outside the US.
The Corvette C8 marks perhaps the most dramatic leap for Corvette since the model line's introduction, as it's now a rear-mid-engine car. That's a move that GM has been contemplating for time immemorial, with numerous rear-mid-engine Corvette prototypes stretching back several decades. Placing the engine behind the driver can lead to sharper, more agile handling as it moves the center of gravity closer to the middle of the car.
Needless to say, Corvette fans are onboard, and GM's first production rear-mid-engine 'Vette has been hotly anticipated. Engle says that dealers have been encouraged to sell the cars at sticker price, rather than gouging customers for what is clearly a high-demand product, but that dealers are, ultimately, independent.
Previous reports maintained that the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette had been nearly sold-out in the US market as early as July, but Engle's comments to the press this week mark the first time we have confirmation that all 40,000-some cars are spoken for by dealerships.
The 2020 Corvette starts at $59,995 in the US, making it a relative bargain for its performance capabilities. Its 6.2L LT2 V8 pumps out an impressive 495 horsepower when equipped with an optional performance exhaust, allowing Z51-pack-equipped cars to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds.