C8 Era of the Corvette to Begin in December 2019?
Following issues linked to the mid-engine Corvette’s electrical system, production now delayed to the end of the year.
After several decades of concepts, followed by years of speculation, the C8 era of the Corvette, the first with the engine in the middle, is soon upon us. But how soon is now?
According to CarScoops, the time of the C8 Corvette could begin in December 2019, months after all interested parties have hoped it would start.
The info comes from a thread from our friends over at CorvetteForums, which begins with the above timetable for GM’s upcoming products. A few responses down, a member says the supplier they work for were informed “that the SOP has been moved to December.” Another member above mentions the availability of C7 Corvettes at one of the largest Corvette dealers in the United States, Kerbeck Corvette in Atlantic City, New Jersey, especially regarding discounts and a lower-than-usual inventory count, possibly in anticipation of the C8.
The delay update follows one regarding the issues with the C8’s electrical system, first reported last year. The delay would take six months to sort out before the re-engineered system would enter production. Whatever is happening (or why, for that matter), GM itself isn’t talking, preferring to (eventually) show rather than tell.
Until then, there are about 9,000 C7 Corvettes around the U.S. in need of good homes.