Many a design proposal for the appearance of the Corvette C5, which was the first redesign of the Vette since 1984, was rejected. Specifically, it has been said that the computer rendition of the proposed C5’s rear seen here was too radical, and was therefore shelved for a more conservative look that ended up becoming the C5. But do you see the resemblance to the C7?
Specifically, this design replaced the oval taillights for the more square-shaped (rhombus-shaped?) units while wrapping the entire back-end in an edgy section. The design also featured four centrally-mounted exhaust outlets, diagonal fender vents, and a very broad-shouldered and dynamic fastback shape. With the exception of the quad exhaust, not one of these elements made its way into the C5 or the C6… but the 2014 Corvette C7 Stingray has all of them — albeit implemented rather differently and mated to unique proportions.
The GM Authority Take
This is very interesting, and we can’t help but wonder if the designer responsible for this design was a part of the C7 team. Oh what we would do to find out more about the intricate details of this “similarity”.