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C8 CORVETTE DESIGN ALMOST HAD A SPLIT REAR WINDOW

The Iconic Partition Line From 1963 Was Heavily Considered, But Ultimately Didn’t Make The Final Cut

C8 Corvette

As global hype settles around the 2020 C8 Corvette, we’re left combing over the finer details of the ins and outs of this sub-$60,000 modern marvel from General Motors. The biggest aspect of which has to be its design, as it’s the main draw to the 490 horsepower supercar. After all, if the Corvette design team botched the looks, nobody working at the automaker would hear the end of it. Thankfully, that’s not the case, in our opinion, as some have gone to claim that the C8 is the most important vehicle of the decade. That said, the exterior design does seem to be missing a few notable throwback easter eggs. Namely, a split rear window. However, that’s not because the design team didn’t give a C8 Corvette split window a shot.

“We looked at a (C8 Corvette split window)… it was too literal… and however way we did it, it came across as forced,” said Chevrolet Performance Exterior Design Director Tom Peters to MC&T.

The C8 Corvette was one of Peters’ final project in a storied career at General Motors that included the radical Pontiac Banshee Concept, the iconic Cadillac Sixteen Concept, the fifth-gen and sixth-gen Camaro, the mighty C7 Corvette, and the rugged K2 Chevrolet Silverado. He is a 2019 inductee into the National Corvette Museum Hall of Fame for his work on the American sports car over the years.

C8 Corvette

Peters nevertheless recognizes the legendary split window design element of the 1963 Corvette Sting Ray, and his team did manage to weave a nod to the aesthetic.

“Because the ’63 is so powerful, is there a way to represent that split window theme in a modern way? We tried to emulate the theme in the rear, and if you look, you can see a theme come through the roof… the glass aims and breaks subtly, and that lines up with the top of the motor. And that lines up with the Corvette Stingray emblem. So your eye connects the dots and it’s kind of a thematic element to the split window,” said Peters.

The theme is obvious in the photo below. The 2020 C8 Corvette Stingray will go on sale in Q4 of this year.

C8 Corvette

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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