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Is The Mid-Engined Corvette Better Off The Way It Is, Or Did Chevy Miss Something?

C8 Corvette

The latest in the never-ending list of “what if?” questions is in regards to the rear design of the all-new C8 Corvette Stingray, and the decision to separate the exhaust tips for the first time since the C4 Corvette of the 1980’s and 1990’s. What if they stayed in the center like the C5, C6 and C7?

The rendering is brought to us by @TheSketchMonkey on Instagram, who appears to be a designer by trade. SketchMonkey turns the openings where the C8 Corvette exhaust tips would be into ducts, and changes out the center rear bumper for a quartet of exhaust tips, just like on the front-engined C7 Corvette.

We wonder what 2020 Corvette Stingray exterior design chief Tom Peters would think about this. Or what you think about it. In our opinion, the centered exhaust tips make things look a little off balance. With the lights up top and stretched out to the sides as far as they can go, the rendering makes the visual weight of the C8 Corvette appear top heavy. Separating the exhaust and placing them to the far sides definitely makes the mid-engine supercar appear more planted an athletic – which telegraphs its capabilities to onlookers better than if they were anywhere else.

The overall design mission of the C8 Corvette was to be the poster vehicle for the next generation of automotive enthusiasts. Or to put it in Peters’ words, to “design it for the 10-year-old kid” in an effort to attract a new wave of young and affluent buyers from all over the world. At the same time, there are a couple of throwback design cues, such as the vertical placement of the Stingray emblem that lines up with the visible engine cover, which mimics the split-window Corvette design of 1963.

The 2020 Corvette Stingray launches late this year, with 490 base horsepower and a starting price of under $60,000.

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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