If only Chevrolet was a luxury automaker...

We don’t know about you, but for us, when the words Chevrolet and roadster are joined together, a mental picture of the Chevy SSR lights up our brains. As wild and daring as the SSR was, that contraption - a retractable hard-top convertible pickup truck - has nothing to do with the C8 Corvette roadster renders you’re about to see.

Chevy won’t join the roadster bandwagon but it’s nice to dream

Roadsters are a rather rare sight in the car world.

These super-expensive, sleek-looking marvels only come to attention every decade or so but when they do, it's all eyes on them.

In recent times, a handful of carmakers have launched such body styles, including the likes of McLaren (with the Elva), Aston Martin (with the V12 Speedster), and Bentley (with the ultra-high-maintenance Mulliner Bacalar).

That said, we don’t expect Chevrolet to have a stab at the roadster market. See the cars above? They all come from luxury carmakers (British, too) and wear exorbitant stickers. Given that Chevy’s creed with the C8 ’Vette was to offer high performance for the lowest possible price, the idea of a C8 Corvette roadster is simply going against the grain here.

This Chevy C8 Corvette Roadster Is The Limited Edition Vette the World Needs
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Of course, this doesn’t chip away at the sheer awesomeness of @carmstyledesign1’s would-be Corvette Roadster renders. They capture exactly what a roadster should flaunt: long hood, aggressive design, low stance, and some pretty neat color combinations.

Not to mention the real C8’s 6.2-liter V-8 will work wonders on the roadster’s performance credentials, which makes us ask the question: could such thing as an affordable roadster be of interest to today’s buyer?

Maybe Chevy should look into that with more depth, since by the looks of it, the design and performance issue is pretty much solved...

Chevrolet Corvette C8 vs competition
Chevrolet Corvette C8 Ford GT Ferrari 488 GTB McLaren 570GT Lamborghini Huracan Audi R8
Engine LT2 6.2L V8 VVT with direct injection twin-turbo V-6 twin-turbo, 3.9-liter V-8 twin-turbo, 3.8-liter V-8 5.2-liter V-10 5.2-liter V-10
Horsepower 495 HP 647 HP 661 HP 562 HP 631 HP 612 Hp
Torque 470 LB-FT 550 LB-FT 561 LB-FT 443 LB-FT 443 LB-FT 428 LB-FT

Source: @Car M Style Design

Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
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 More
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