With the move to a mid-engined configuration, the C8 Corvette has pushed America’s sports car into supercar territory. It’s exotic looks are fully backed up by performance that punches far above its weight. Down the line, a number of C8 variants are expected, including a Z06, Zora and ZR1 model. But those models are all geared to be progressively faster on the road and track. What if Chevy decided to create more Corvette variants that could take it down a different path altogether? That’s just what artist Adam Dao envisioned with his off-road C8 Corvette rendering. Corvette ZR2, anyone?
“I would be surprised if this became a reality” said Dao, but he added, “there’s a first time for everything.” Dao said another render for an off-road C7 Corvette inspired this C8 mock-up.
Starting with the obvious, the Corvette has a sizable lift to fit massive off-road tires. Even with the large wheels, there is still lots of room for suspension travel. The front bumper, which houses a light bar, appears to be inspired by the Colorado ZR2 with the exposed front wheels. Rounding things off are some plastic wheel arches to house a presumably wider track, and give a more rugged SUV look.
Dao said his favorite aspect of his design is how the increased ride height changes the overall look of the car.
Overall, the C8 ZR2 rendering looks surprisingly acceptable. If the Corvette purists would allow such a vehicle is another question, but we are already seeing a market for this type of vehicle with the Glickenhaus Mini Boot. The Boot even has a GM engine. We also recently covered an excellent C5 Corvette buggy, pictured below. Prior to both of these machines is a Greek supercar concept called the Korres Project 4, which we’ve provided a video to see in action below. As crazy as it is, there is a trend here folks.
Should Chevy broaden the appeal of the Corvette and expand the family with an off-road supercar? We don’t think that will ever happen. What could happen is GM making the Corvette a family of vehicles, which could involve a profitable SUV added to the range. We’re looking at you, Mustang Mach-E. A Corvette SUV would still probably have an on road focus, however.
Still, tearing through the desert with a LT2 V8 soundtrack, supercar looks and Corvette driving dynamics would be quite the experience.