• Chip Foose Shows Us What the C8 Corvette Should Have Looked Like

We just like his version better for some reason

2019 was the year that marked a big breakthrough for Chevy and the Corvette. The sports car’s engine finally transitioned to the middle, after long decades of experiments but not fruition.

The C8 looks more like a supercar than ever – mind, you though, it is no Ferrari. In our book, the mid-engined Corvette is just not quite up to the sexiness of the C7. Sure, it’s all down to subjectiveness and the fact that it’s somewhat easier to get the proportions right in a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive configuration. Of course, we’re not saying that the new C8 looks bad or anything: it’s just that we like Chip Foose’s take better.

Chip Foose Shows Us What the C8 Corvette Should Have Looked Like
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It’s Mr. Foose’s vision that the C8 should have a longtail-style rear end glued to an overall design language that harks back more to the C7 Corvette. He also tried to keep the wedge shape unchanged while stretching the side windows and visually shifting the mass towards the back of the car.

Speaking of which, the taillight vibe is also that of the C7 Vette, and there’s a reason for that: Chip Foose thinks the first impression one should have gotten from looking at the C8 was that of a Corvette first and foremost, and not a supercar.

Chip Foose Shows Us What the C8 Corvette Should Have Looked Like
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As we said, we definitely like Foose’s design better but since beauty is in the eye of the beholder, what do you make of it? Is a step up or not really compared to the original C8?

Chevrolet Corvette C8 specifications
Engine LT2, 6.2-liter, n/a V-8, mid-mounted
Power 490 hp, 495 hp w/ the Z51 pack
Torque 465 lb-ft, 470 lb-ft w/ the Z51 pack
Transmission 8-speed DCT
0-60 mph 2.9 s
Top speed 194 mph
Price tag $59,995
Tudor Rus
Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read full bio
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