Chevy working around the clock to keep up with the demand.
The new Corvette Stingray has been a considerable success for General Motors, but demand for the mid-engine sports car has been so high that Chevrolet was forced to stop accepting orders for the 2021 model earlier than planned due to supply issues unrelated to the semiconductor chip shortage.
Unfortunately, these supply issues meant that production of the 2021 Corvette was suspended multiple times this year. As a result, Chevrolet has a huge order backlog to fulfill and is working around the clock to ramp up production. Put simply, Chevrolet can't build the 2021 Corvette fast enough to keep up with the unrelenting demand.
Since the plant was reopened last month, GM Authority reports that the Bowling Green Assembly plant has been running at full capacity across two shifts.
Right now, GM is focusing on fulfilling all remaining 2021 model year orders to avoid any further disappointment. It's a race against time, however, because production of the 2022 C8 Corvette is due to begin in early September. For the 2022 model year update, the Corvette Stingray is available in three new exterior colors: Hypersonic Gray, Caffeine, and Amplified Orange Tintcoat. New equipment has also been added, including a new low-profile rear spoiler and a new splitter for non Z51 models.
These enhancements were previously available as part of the Z51 package but can now be ordered as standalone options. Under the hood, the Corvette's 6.2-liter V8 has been upgraded with a new direct-injection fuel system and improved engine calibration, but the power output remains identical.
Like last year's model, the 2022 Corvette's V8 is rated at 490 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque, which is sent to the rear wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. An optional sports exhaust increases the output to 495 hp. When equipped with the Z51 package, the 2022 Corvette Stingray will do the 0-60 mph sprint in 2.9 seconds.