The 1963 Corvette is one of the most sought-after and widely celebrated Corvettes ever produced, with many car enthusiasts crediting their first “split-window” sighting as being the catalyst that kicked off their automotive obsession. There’s no denying that the impact the split-window Corvette’s styling had on the auto industry, but what if Chevy tried to apply some of the sports car’s iconic styling cues to the current-day C8 Corvette?
A digital rendering artist tried to answer that question by slapping the rear split window and b-pillar vents from the 1963 Corvette onto the rear of a C8 Corvette. The end result looks a bit strange, in our opinion, giving the C8 Corvette a hunched-over look that is less svelte and sporty than the actual production model. The rendering actually reminds us a bit of the Bugatti Chiron, which also has a mid-engine layout and features a very similar rear split-window design.
One advantage of this design could be cargo space. Even though the C8 Corvette’s mid-engine layout limits the amount of cargo room, this design appears as though it could incorporate a rear interior parcel shelf where the split windows are.
In addition to the split-window design, this rendering also has some other interesting touches, including the center-locking wheels and Michelin slick tires from a Corvette C8.R and a redesigned rocker panel section.
As a reminder, the C8 Corvette Stingray is powered by a 6.2L LT2 V8 engine producing 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque when equipped with the optional performance exhaust. An eight-speed dual-clutch transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard, helping to propel the car from zero to 60 mph in around three seconds.
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