Orders for the 2022 Corvette C8 start this summer.
The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray's troubled launch has been well documented. Production of the mid-engine sports car was cut short due to factory closures brought by the pandemic and UAW strikes, meaning that many customers who ordered a 2020 Corvette had to wait until the 2021 model year. Demand for the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is extremely high, and General Motors doesn't want history to repeat itself and leave customers disappointed.
Originally, the final order date for the 2021 Corvette was going to be June 17. However, according to Corvette Blogger as from March 26, General Motors is no longer accepting new sold orders from dealerships for the 2021 Corvette.
In a memo sent to dealers, General Motors explained the suspension was necessary due to the "overwhelming demand" for the 2021 Corvette Stingray and assembly plant shutdowns affecting the production schedule. "We are suspending SREs [sold orders] now in an effort to avoid canceling orders that will not be built within the current schedule and disappointing customers in the process," General Motors wrote in a dealer memo obtained by Corvette Blogger.
General Motors has suffered production setbacks from supply chain issues caused by the semiconductor chip shortage, which has likely affected 2021 Corvette production.
This will be disappointing to buyers who were hoping to order a 2021 Corvette Stingray, but closing the order books will give GM time to fulfill all existing 2021 orders on time and keep up with demand.
Orders for the 2022 Corvette will begin in early July according to the memo. A recent leak confirmed the 2022 Corvette will no longer be offered with Sebring Orange, Zeus Bronze, and Shadow Gray exterior colors, so if you wanted to order a Corvette finished in any of these colors, you're out of luck.
Replacing these colors will be new Hypersonic Gray Metallic, Caffeine Brown Metallic, and Amplify Orange Tintcoat options. Looking even further ahead, Chevrolet is also reportedly redesigning the interior in a future update for the 2023 Corvette that removes the row of buttons and switches covering the cluttered center console.