Only 20 examples are being built.
While it still hasn’t been officially announced, it’s no secret that the C8 Corvette will be mid-engined. When it will be unveiled is still a mystery, however, as new reports suggest it won’t debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January as everyone previously thought. But what if this wasn’t the only new bodystyle available for the Corvette? While it seems unlikely that GM will ever consider building a Corvette-based shooting brake, German tuner Bitter is making it happen.
The company has shared some early render images on social media previewing the design of its planned Corvette shooting brake. Details are scarce for now, but the images show unique designs for the front fender vents, taillights, and exhaust tips. The project will be shown at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show and only 20 examples will be built, but the first two have already been reserved. No powertrain details have been revealed, but we can dream of it being powered by the new ZR1’s 755-hp, 6.2-liter supercharged V8.
This isn’t the first time a company has attempted to build a Corvette shooting brake, either. Callaway built one last year, but, unlike Bitta’s project, it was a conversion based on the C7 Corvette. Bitta’s Corvette shooting brake, on the other hand, appears to be a unique design.
If you’re unfamiliar with the company, Bitter Cars is a German tuner of Opel cars best known for creating the CD, a shooting brake based on an Opel sedan that was powered by Chevrolet’s 227-hp V8 engine. It was also approved by General Motors, which owned Opel at the time - legendary GM designer Charles M. "Chuck" Jordan even did some of the preliminary work. Since the CD finished production in 1979, Bitter has faded into obscurity, but the company has continued churning out modified Opels over the years. Hopefully, this new Corvette shooting brake will put the company back on the map.