To say a couple of things that will highlight 2020 in many reviews of the calendar year would be a five-alarm-blazing understatement. For those who surround themselves in all things automotive, the all-new 2020 Corvette would garner the lion’s share of the breaking information that flows across our news feeds.
The mid-engine Corvette isn’t a new concept since as we know, Zora had pushed for the engine move over 50 years ago. The idea went viral last year as the world started getting glimpses that the platform may actually see production and when GM introduced the car virtually to the world, it almost broke the internet.
Limited Production, But Same Cost
Since Corvette is so much a part of modern-day culture, events both inside and out of the automotive realm have affected the automaker’s ability to fulfill orders. Corvette production has resumed at a reserved rate, and recently, Corvette Product Manager, Harlan Charles explained that due to the various production stoppages, the 2020 Corvette production run will only be able to supply 20,181 units to the car’s eager customers.
At that point, the plant will ramp up production of 2021 Corvettes in the fall of this year. Another nugget of shining light from GM came from an interview with Corvette Executive Chief Engineer, Tadge Juechter. If you are one of those folks whose Corvette order gets bumped into the second-year production run, according to Juechter, the base cost of the car is to remain the same. Admitting that the second year is typically the time when prices start their ascent skyward, with the limited production and many enthusiasts’ concerns that the delay would increase the cost of their cars, GM has decided to keep the Corvette at the high-value level of the first year’s production.
Never Buy The First Year?
Many folks contend that you should never purchase the first year of production of any car, giving the OEM time to work out the bugs. It could be fair to say that the main issue with the 2020 Corvette wasn’t actually the build, as much as it was the ABILITY to build them!
Besides that, folks who either waited, or whose orders got bumped to 2021 production have a few other reasons to rejoice. To start, if they thirsted for Magnetic Ride Control but weren’t interested in the entire Z51 package, they can now order the multi-viscous suspension as a stand-alone package, starting with the 2021 model year.
When choosing your Corvette’s color, there may be some grief or gladness, depending on your preference. Next year, Red Mist Tint Coat Metallic and Silver Flare Metallic will be replacing 2020’s Long Beach Red Metallic Tintcoat and Blade Silver Metallic. Reportedly, Tadge has a Red Mist Tint Coat Corvette on order he liked it so much.
Choosing the perfect wheel for your Corvette has always been a very personal decision. If you were pouring over the 2020 Corvette wheel options, just pining for another avenue, then the 2021 Corvette may just have the one you’ve been searching for. Covered under RPO 5DG and sold as Genuine Corvette Accessories, the new wheel option resembles the usual five-spoke design and aluminum construction, but they are coated in a “Performance Pewter” finish instead of the current “Bright Silver” paint. The new hue gives the wheel a slightly bronze appearance.
The mid-engine Corvette has enjoyed a great run at keeping the internet fresh and interesting and the drama from numerous forces outside of GM’s control means a constant flow of exciting news is almost always waiting in the inbox. For many enthusiasts, the extended production run may mean they finally get to enjoy their Corvette. For the rest, the additional options and color choices may just prove the “never the first year” mantra has some truth to it. With the way this year has already played out, we’re going hold of our decision of who might be right until after January 1, 2022.