The company says the production stoppage is for a new paint shop.

Chevrolet says it will suspend production of its Corvette for about three months in order to upgrade the paint shop at the sports car's Bowling Green, Kentucky assembly plant.According to CardDirect, the Bowling Green plant will be shuttered for three months starting in August. As a result, dealers won't be able to order any 2018 Corvette models until September; customer deliveries of the 2018 Corvette aren't expected to begin until December.

Ron Kiino, a GM spokesperson, says the plant shutdown is "to finish construction of a new, state-of-the-art paint shop."

Despite that company line, rumors persist the plant shut down is related to Chevy's long-rumored mid-engine Corvette. Details surrounding that model remain closely guarded, but the mid-engine Corvette could debut as either the ZR1 or the Zora. Whatever the name, the mid-engine Corvette is expected to use a turbocharged V8 engine.