Reviewers across various outlets seem to love the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette. From its value to its excellent driving experience, the new Corvette is a winner all around. However, it seems buyers will have to wait even longer to get their hands on one of these brand-new machines.
According to The Detroit News via Motor1, GM plans to shut down its Bowling Green, Kentucky plant where the Corvette is produced for a week. The issue surrounds getting transmission parts to continue producing the sportscar. Unfortunately for buyers, this is far from the first delay.
What is wrong with the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette?
In the first week of February, GM announced that it would close its Bowling Green plant for one week. While this presented a delay in producing the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette, it wasn’t the end of the world. However, the following week, GM announced the plant would remain closed for yet another week.
For context, GM builds the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette in two shifts. This results in around 92 to 94 brand-new cars per day, says CarBuzz. In a five-day workweek, the plant can put out around 930 to 940 cars. CarBuzz reported that after that second shutdown, the factory was already behind on 1,860 cars.
However, this new delay reported by Motor1 reveals that the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette is struggling. The missing parts in question surround the car’s transmission. It seems the arrival of the global pandemic has made it difficult for suppliers to keep up with demand. As a result, the Corvette is suffering from issues that have nothing to do with the model itself.
Will the Corvette continue to experience delays?
Given the several delays the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette has experienced, it seems likely that they could continue. However, as Motor1 points out, GM has repeatedly stated that it is working directly with suppliers to iron out any supply issues. While the plant is scheduled to shut down on March 1st, GM announced it would reopen back up on March 8th.
As CorvetteBlogger points out, the massive winter storm rolling across the U.S. also likely contributes to this new delay. Thankfully, as the weather improves and suppliers can deliver products, there is a good chance everything will get back on schedule. For 2021, CorvetteBlogger reports that the plan has produced around 5,357 2021 Chevrolet Corvette models. However, they will quickly have to expand to build new variations.
What is next for the mid-engined sports car?
While the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette struggles with production issues, the development of the upcoming Z06 replacement continues. According to CarBuzz, this brand-new variant is set to get the flat-plane crank engine out of the C8.R race car. If the rumors are true, it will be a naturally-aspirated V8 developing around 600 hp.
According to CarBuzz, GM is expected to unveil the brand-new variant sometime in July. As a result, it won’t be long from there until we get to see it out on the road. While these production delays are unfortunate, they will likely be ironed out soon.