Would we all be happy if the production version looks like this?
Although it hasn’t officially been confirmed by Chevrolet, it’s still one of the worst-kept secrets: the next-generation C8 Corvette will switch to a mid-engine setup. Chief Corvette engineer Tadge Juechter told us a couple of years ago at Geneva that he and his team have essentially done everything possible with the existing front-engine design, performance and handling wise, so making the big change to mid-engine is the logical next step. But the Corvette is a sports car with so much heritage, and its long hood, short rear deck silhouette is an iconic design.
How can a mid-engine C8 replicate that? Quite simply, the best it can, and this latest C8 rendering, courtesy of Corvette Forum, has been created based on previous, although fuzzy spy shots of C8 test mules. Clearly the hood is shorter than it is now, but it doesn’t appear to be quite as short as, say, the one on the new, and also mid-engined, McLaren 720S. The overall proportions of this rendered C8 are quite aggressive and certain design traits seem to be evolutionary rather than revolutionary from the current C7. The artist did take some design liberties throughout, specifically up front with those large vents under the headlights.
Taillight styling is also quite similar to today’s Corvette, but we admit we do miss the round lights pre-C7. Generally speaking, this seems to be a fairly good interpretation of what we can expect to see from Chevrolet probably sometime next year.