If there are any old school Corvette purists reading this, who maintain that roundish taillight lenses are the be-all, end-all design element of the Chevrolet Corvette, take a deep breath and relax; the picture above is only a simulation.
Corvette Blogger shared this piece of Photoshop prowess, created by Corvette Forum user Steve_R, which approximates how the rear end of a Corvette C6 ZR1 might look if it had the C7’s more square taillights. This seemingly random musing was brought about in light of an announcement from General Motors Chief of Design Ed Welburn, that subtle C7 Stingray styling cues would make their way into a range of future Chevrolet products. That phrase almost certainly conjures the taillights.
The pic’s originator remarked: “Tired of those obsolete, tired, outdated round tail lights on your C6? Want to bring it into this decade? Want to make it faster and handle better? Here’s how to make all that happen with a simple light fixture modification.” The rear end appearance of the Corvette C7 – and the taillights in particular – was a source of controversy when early photos of the new seventh-generation sportscar debuted. Many decried the design decision as vulgar, seeing too much of the fifth-generation Camaro in the square-ish lenses.
But perhaps ironically, we think that these taillights are actually an improvement on the C6 ZR1 pictured, and more at-home here than on the seventh-generation Corvette which spawned them. Do you agree?