The C8 Corvette’s move to a mid engine platform brought the most significant styling changes the fabled sports car has ever seen. But despite the exotic transformation, the design team at General Motors managed to keep it unmistakably Corvette. That being said, it doesn’t rely on as many retro design elements as other American performance cars like the Chevrolet Camaro, Ford Mustang or Dodge Challenger. With more models like the Z06 and E-Ray coming to the C8 generation Corvette, what if Chevrolet added a retro special edition that harkened back to one of the most iconic Corvette design elements of all time?
That, of course, is the split rear window of the 1963 Corvette. The unique rear glass design only showed up on this particular model year of the C2 Corvette, but today commands the highest price. If the C8 Corvette brought it back, it would look something like the rendering by Rain Prisk you see here.
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This render does more than just add a strip down the rear window, though. The C8 Corvette split window gets a far more fastback-like rear, with the roof meeting the end of the car. In the regular C8 design, there’s a prominent flat rear deck after the engine cover meets the body that looks far more squared off than than this rounded look. The side window line is also modified to give more of a C2 vibe, while the dropped ride height and large bronze wheels push it closer to supercar status.
Whether you like this rendering or not, don’t expect Chevrolet to build a split window C8 Corvette Stingray. In an interview with design leaders of the C8 Corvette, we learned that a split window was actually considered, but the idea was abandoned because it looked too forced. Now that the idea was canned back in development, it’s probably gone for good.
Still, it would be interesting to see if Chevrolet’s take on a split window C8 looked anything like this render. Hey, GM, send pics?