This concept will never see daylight unless GM rebrands itself as a European carmaker

Chevrolet got the performance right for its first-ever mid-engine production car but in doing so, it kind of missed the whole point of what a well-made interior should look and feel like. But what if the carmaker came up with a next-generation C9 that had a more European flavor and looked like Leyang Bai’s design study?

Let’s be serious, Chevy will never take such a tight turn with the Corvette, not for the C9 generation and not for those to follow it. However, it can improve in other areas, such as cabin build quality.

There’s no secret that many C8 Corvette owners are not happy about their cars’ interiors. There’ve been reported issues regarding paint, electrical gremlins, and even bad stitching. Others complained about clumps in the seat upholstery but in all fairness, Chevy has been open-eared and responsive towards worried owners.

Will You Forgive GM for the Crap Quality of the C8 Corvette if the C9 Looks Like this? Interior
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That said, we believe a more European approach on things might solve these problems. Direct Chevy C8 competitors from Europe come with neatly-appointed interiors that leave no room for criticism. And while we’re at it, maybe the European approach would also work on the exterior.

Take these renders, for example. The artist behind them tried to envision what a quality-focused Chevy Corvette might look like in a scenario where raw power falls second and luxury and quality are the dominant features.

Will You Forgive GM for the Crap Quality of the C8 Corvette if the C9 Looks Like this? Exterior
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We don’t just like the idea itself, but the whole execution and, of course, the result that proves you can turn heads with swoopy, fluid shapes, and a plunging rear end without going overboard with aggressive cues.

Which begs the question: would a car that looks like this be still called a Corvette?

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

Source: Leyang Bai via Instagram

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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