Focus on quality and style, not more power.
Although some customers are still waiting for their C8 Corvette to arrive, many of us have already begun speculating as to what we can expect from the C9 generation. Perhaps a part of that comes down to how many issues the current Corvette Stingray is having, from cracked wheels to premature engine failures. Whatever it is, the whole of the automotive world is trying to predict what the next 'Vette will be like. Although we've seen renders of what the car could look like, we know very little. But what if Chevrolet decides to make the C9 even more exotic?
Leyang Bai's latest render of the C9 Corvette envisions what the sports car could look like if it got some true supercar flavor. We're seeing plenty of Zagato influence in this design, and it appears that this C9 would be front-engined. This isn't just some flight of fancy with Corvette badges added to the wheels either.
Bai has incorporated the Stingray shape into a recess on the front fenders, and although unclear, the lights appear to borrow influence from those of the Porsche Taycan while remaining evolutionary of those on the current Stingray. Okay, something like this is unlikely to ever make production, but why?
After all, this design also seems to borrow from that of the C3 Corvette, a classic that looked absolutely spectacular while retaining its "American-ness". Bai's caption on the post mentions that his vision for this design was to pen what the Corvette might look like if there was less focus on increasing raw power and more interest in improving overall luxury and quality.
And considering how many electric cars are being released, ones that outperform traditional sports cars in almost every acceleration scenario, we can't help but think that a greater focus on making a good car rather than a powerful one could serve the Corvette nameplate well.