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C8 Corvette “Roadster” Rendering Has Italian Barchetta Vibes

As it was the case with the previous generation, the C8 Corvette is available in two body styles for the 2020 and 2021 model years. In addition to a hardtop coupe whose targa roof can be easily removed and stowed in the trunk, the mid-engine sports car can be had with a power-retractable hardtop that employs six (!!!) electric motors.
C8 Corvette Roadster design study by Car MStyle Design 19 photos
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With the top off, the convertible arguably looks cooler thanks to the nacelles that hark back to sports racing cars of the 1950s and 1960s. The next step up from this body style would be for Chevy to make a special-edition C8 with barchetta styling.

Although that’s not going to happen, three renderings from Car MStyle Design show us the Corvette in the rather exotic specification. Describing himself as a freelance and automotive designer, CMD completely left out the windshield and rear glass from hisC8 Corvette Roadsterrenderings. The Ferrari Monza SP2 would be proud of the mid-engine sports car from Kentucky, alright!

The design study also explores different themes for the front bumper, wheels, front-fenders and door trim, as well as the rear wing in comparison to the C8 Corvette from your local Chevy dealer. It’s a thing of beauty with the kind of proportions that may lead you into believing that the LT2 small-block V8 is located up front.

Thankfully, though, the 6.2-liter blunderbuss now hangs over the rear axle to improve the car’s traction at launch. Drag racing videos of the C8 confirm the benefits of the midship architecture, and even though the Stingray exhibits a little bit of understeer in the twisties, you can correct this tendency by trail braking.

General Motors is proud of the switch to the mid-engine design that Zora Arkus-Duntov wanted in the ‘Vette as far back as the 1960s after working on the CERV I and CERV II design studies. Tuners, meanwhile, unanimously agree the C8 platform has a lot of potential, flabbergasted by the performance of the Stingray over its predecessor.

Even though the 2021 model is now available to order, Chevy will take its sweet time with the 2020 Corvette until the end of October. Customers who prefer to wait for the Z06 will have to do so until the second half of 2021 for the 2022 model to roll out with a flat-plane crankshaft V8 capable of revving to more than 8,000 rpm.

 
 
 
 
 

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