It looks as if Chevrolet has everything planned out in terms of production. Firstly, they have plans of introducing the Corvette ZR1 in a few months, which will then be followed by an all-new mid-engined Corvette. Currently, the automaker is rebuilding their facilities for their future models. And because of that, reports suggest that the 2018 Chevy Corvette will be built in limited quantities only.
It was Bowling Green Daily News that reported that Chevy’s Bowling Green, Kentucky plant will only accommodate the lightly improved 2018 Corvette’s assembly for four months. This will begin next month after the facility’s three-month break in anticipation of the new model.
Lauren Langille, General Motors communications representative, said that their Kentucky plant employees will return to work all of October and November based on the training requirements as they prepare for production.
In the span of four months, the automaker estimates to build only 9,700 examples of the 2018 Corvette. That is actually a lot less compared to their annual production of 30,000 models. As early as now, Chevy already plans to end production on January 22, 2018. Rumours of a 2019 Corvette and the new ZR1 will be built together with the C8 Corvette for a short period of time. Sources also say that only a limited number of the ZR1 will be produced.
2017 has not been a great year for the Chevy Corvette when it comes to sales. So far, they have experienced the lowest sales volume since 2013. One reason for this is the fact that they have produced fewer cars this year due to the facility shutdown.
Nothing has been confirmed just yet, but according to rumours, the new Corvette ZR1 will make its debut sometime in 2018, and that it will be sold as a 2019 model later on. We are guessing that it will make an appearance at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show.
Speaking of the ZR1, it will likely be equipped with a modified 6.2 liter supercharged V8 that produces a little over its current performance figures of 650 horsepower (484 kilowatts) and 650 pound feet (881 Newton-metres) of torque. Some say that the ZR1 could use a dual-overhead-cam V8 which they also refer to as the LT5.
The current Corvette model being produced today is the seventh generation model, which we first saw in 2013. Autoguide.com and GM Authority have been speculating that the eight generation model will come with hybrid technology as well as a number of physical tweaks.
The Bowling Green plant has been around since 1981, and GM has produced Chevy Corvettes here since then. All in all, the plant has produced over 1.6 million models since 1954, and it is currently the world’s longest running, continuously produced passenger car.