Since its inception, the C8 has had a turbulent production history that began with a strike in 2019 that delayed production until the 2020 model year. More recently, the Bowling Green facility in Kentucky, which builds the Corvette, started working in one shift due to a shortage of parts.
According to a senior member of the Corvette Forum, the two-shift work will resume on November 8. By mid-month, “BGA will run out of ECMs for heated seats and steering wheel.” This is pretty bad news for customers waiting for their Stingray, especially since dealers will be tasked with retrofitting missing control modules.
“The dealer network has been informed of the impending situation and GM will issue an official bulletin in the near future,” adds the original document. Things are sure to get very interesting at Bowling Green over the next few weeks, as the largest of the Big Three in Detroit is gearing up for the high-speed Z06 next summer. Given that it is slightly wider than the Stingray and has a hand-built V8 engine with a flat crankshaft and two camshafts per head, the production line will have to be upgraded.
It is estimated to cost over $ 80,900, which is in line with the retail price of the previous generation Z06. The novelty will be available in 12 exterior colors, 7 interior colors, with seven wheel sets, three seat options, six seat belt options, two interior carbon packages, a Stealth Aluminum trim option and six brake caliper options. It looks like GM took inspiration from Porsche and McLaren in terms of customization, which led to increased profits for the Detroit-based automaker.
The LT6 engine, rated at 670 horsepower and 624 Nm of torque at 6,300 rpm, is a derivative of the LT5.5 that helped Corvette Racing dominate the GTLM class in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.