Artist Renders New Corvette with Classic Cues

The new Chevrolet Corvette C8 is a total departure from anything the Corvette had ever previously had in its lineage. It is now a mid-engine being. All previous Corvettes were front-engine muscle machines. Still, the name hung on, as did a vague resemblance in the rear lights to the prior Corvettes. Aside from that, nothing was meant to carry over because it is a whole new animal now. That has not stopped people from requesting renderings of the new C8 Corvette with additional styling cues from the past 70 years of its heritage.

An orange Corvette is on a coastal road by cliffs
2020 Corvette C8 Convertible | General Motors

New Corvette, classic design cues

That is where Instagram user wb.artist20 comes in. Apparently, wb.artist20 is pretty good at rendering things. So good, that people have been putting in requests for special renderings. In fact, adaptations of styling cues from previous Corvette’s were requested to be added to the new Corvette.

The styling study shows the new C8 Corvette with chrome bumpers, chrome grille, chrome side intake bezel, chrome window and windshield surrounds, chrome side-view mirrors, and probably more chrome somewhere that I have not spotted yet. Additionally, four headlights were placed inside the headlight pods, and wide whitewall tires are shown wrapping chrome hubcaps on the wheels.

Missed the point of the new Corvette

I will admit that the care taken to blend the styling cues into the new Corvette body is well done. It is a well-executed rendering. I just don’t understand why anybody would want the old styling cues. The whole point of the new Corvette is that it dropped all connections to the past. Sure, there are generations of Corvette owners out there that may long for the nostalgia of the old vehicles, but that’s what old vehicles are about. Go get one of those instead. That’s not what the new Corvette is about.

I will be honest my initial reaction to the picture even surprised me. When I first looked at it, I almost threw up a little bit. Again, the drawing is good. But, the idea behind it makes no sense.

Front fender and tire of a 1957 Corvette
Detail of front end of 1957 red and white Corvette in Los Angeles, California | Joe Sohm/Visions of America/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

To be fair, though, people love their cars, and it is not unusual to have a person customize their car more to their liking. To that end, renderings are a common thing to do before actually modifying or cutting up a car. Renderings make it possible to see if ideas floating in people’s heads will actually work before making a costly mistake and finding out otherwise. So, the old adage that beauty is in the eye of the beholder holds true here too with this rendering.


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I am not John Doe

I am not John Doe. So, I will never have John Doe’s car, meaning my car will never be like everybody else’s. I have modified every single vehicle I have owned in one way, shape, or form. In fact, I encourage my readers likewise. Whether modifying means to put wider tires, custom pinstriping, lowering or raising the car, or just changing out the floormats for something with more attitude, I encourage you to do it to your vehicle if it is safe to do so. Express you on your vehicle. If you need to, get a rendering done. It will help you decide if your ideas work. In the case of this Corvette rendering, the ideas did not work for me. But, they apparently worked for those that had been requesting those design cues from the past. You have to remember that what works for one may not work for others, and that is okay. The Pontiac Aztek and Toyota Prius come to mind.