There’s no denying the rendering will polarize opinion beyond the C8 Corvette and MX-5 Miata crowds, but don’t take it seriously. It's meant to amuse people and to explore the endless possibilities of Photoshop.
If you will, take a look at the watermark on the windshield. It reads “unnecessary automobile nose swaps” to highlight that the "Corvatta" isn't a serious design proposition.
The ‘Vette and Miata couldn’t be more different even though both are sports cars by definition. In addition to engine placement, their fanbases and performance potentials are like apples and oranges. Some people even bash the MX-5 for being unmanly, referring to the roadster as a hairdresser’s car.
Getting over one’s prejudices is one thing, but the facts don’t lie. Mazda has the best-selling roadster on the planet, a rear-wheel-drive thriller that numbers 1.1 million units and counting. As for the eighth generation of the ‘Vette, the North American Car of the Year Award doesn’t tell the whole story.
Not only does the C8 embody the mid-engine obsession of a certain engineer called Zora Arkus-Duntov, but it’s the most radical Corvette ever. As if that wasn’t enough, Chevy is currently developing a flat-plane crankshaft V8 displacing 5.5 liters for the Z06. The newcomer is expected as a 2022 MY.
Considering that this engine architecture is found in European supercars, the Shelby GT350, and the C8.R racecar, you can look forward to even greater things from the Corvette going forward. A twin-turbo V8 – the LT7 – is one of those, along with not one but two hybrid powertrains.