2020 Corvette C8: New Renderings Show Mid-Engine Supercar In Greater Detail, New Colors

The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 may turn out to be the world’s most speculatively rendered car of the year.

We totally get the hype behind the C8. After all, it’s not every day that Chevrolet changes a 55-year-old formula and switches to a mid-engine layout. So until GM finally reveals the eighth-generation Corvette, you can be sure renderings will continue to flow. We’ve already shown you our own so today we bring you a new set of CGIs that caught our eye.

We’ve come across these images on one of the many Corvette forums that populate the internet, the MidEngineCorvetteForum. That’s where a user called Björn Daniel Svavarsson posted them. It’s the same guy who gave us the spinning 360-degree video of the C8 Corvette about a month ago.

Svavarsson has now come up with several updated renderings that show a lot more detail than his video with the white Corvette C8. Based on spy shots of the mid-engined Vette, the new CGIs offer a clearer (albeit hypothetical) look at the headlights and taillights. The car also gains clearer feature lines on the front hood and roof, as well as a less sharp treatment of the area behind the side air intakes.

The images also allow us to see the C8 in three different colors, including a vivid red paint that performance cars wear so well. The wheels may be more C7 Stingray than C8 Zora but they sure look good on the mid-engined Vette as well. This virtual mid-engine Corvette looks great but we believe adding one or two contrasting elements on the sides of the car would have made it even more attractive. What do you think?

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  • Dr Bjorn K. Von Strangefingger

    I’m sure the final product will be much better… but as it stands now, I’m not impressed.

    • TB

      Looks like just about everything else in that category.

      • Dr Bjorn K. Von Strangefingger

        I agree.

  • Bruce K

    I realize it’s a mid-engine layout… but the whole side view from the B pillar is just awkwardly bulky … and not helped by the narrow window/high beltline. The side scoop is too big and looks cartoonish. Not bad looking from the front or rear, but definitely not a looker from the side.

  • enthusia

    now it definitely looks like a car from grand theft auto.

  • xDRAN0x

    Yawn

  • TheBelltower

    This is fine. Just fine. It’s a design that goes with a $70k car, not $170k car. Chevy has never shown the ability to build, sell and service a car that cost as much as the rumors suggest this one will cost. Not even one that costs half as much. So I’m skeptical. As a halo car, this isn’t cutting it for me so far.

    • Bob

      It eonwo be $170k. The Corvette name plate cannot compete in that price category.

      • TheAmerican

        Eonwo?

    • charlotteharry57

      Couldn’t have said it better, so I won’t try.

  • Jazzkid

    I really hope it doesn’t look like this. I’m on my 4th now and my favorites are the C4 and C5. I just started liking the C6 about 2 years ago. I didn’t like the C7 …. on paper. So now l have a C7 and l love it. This doesn’t look like a Vett anymore. It doesn’t have to look like a Lamborghini or a Ferrari to compete with them.

    • Bob

      It doesn’t look like a Lamborghini or Ferrari. If it it did it would be a vast improvement.

      • Tumbi Mtika

        Damn!

  • romeone

    By the time this gets to market Ferrari will probably be back to making only V12 powered front engined cars. Corvette should stick to being a Corvette, it’s not like they ever had trouble selling them.

    • Bob

      Actually, they have. The C7 is selling poorly .There is a backlog of unsold C7’s.

  • Jim Ragland

    I am not feeling this at all.

  • LJ

    Ferraris’ design language from 10 years ago called. They want their styling back.

  • Bob

    It’s progressively looking more and more like a Mustang. 😭

  • Ermal Morina

    It looks like a very generic supercar, one that you see on GTA 5

    • OdysseyTag

      *Types in cheatcode*
      Cheetah falls from the sky.

  • Mike anonymous

    It’s very clear that the renderings are not actually based on the model that has been shown in the spy photographs. They are very clearly differences in the width, fenders, etc. This rendering rather seems more like a rendition of how (the renderings makers) want the vehicle to look like, opposed to actually (and directly) going off of what we have.

    SO with this in mind I decided to do some ‘tracing, highlighting, and texturing’ based off of not only based on the ‘concept’ vehicle shown, but also based (actually) on inside information regarding how this vehicle was designed, engineered, and the mindset/intention of the people who have behind the upcoming C8 for the last 15 years.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a6f8477fff781b8b9ac51ab78bbe70fbe62446ee7b56c9a93eba333931260ce1.gif

    I am no professional and this was what I had done after only a few hours of work. (I originally began making this (in addition to personal research on the upcoming C8) just over a month ago from today (11/16/18). You can see in the GIF all of the stages of out lining, tracing, and texturing I did. (Of course the original is of much higher resolution, but I can not upload beyond a certain amount of ‘MBs’ to the site.).

    These last few months (now that the C8 is on it’s way) I have begun to revisit and once again restart research of this vehicle (because a mid-engine corvette has been something I have been interest in since I first owned Matchbox toy-version of the 1986 Corvette Indy Concept. The essential team that is working on this vehicle is that same team that has been working on this vehicle for well over the last 10+ years. From what I know there are elements from many historic corvettes (dating back to the original) that we will be seeing on this vehicles (hence the metal wings).

    I could go into FAR more detail, but there another man who has as just good of knowledge about this vehicle if you’d like to know more on this vehicles history. LINK TO HIS VIDEO IS IN THE COMMENT BELOW (don’t want to wait on this to get approved).

    I was taking a look at a number of spy photography of the upcoming C8, but there was 1 picture in particular where (I can not explain) but I just saw it. That same picture I took my current research and knowledge on the C8 and created this. Here below is a better detailed image (not a GIF) of what I have made.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/95c1fb60ebe65a245eb273e7f56e68f883eece19efca2912028407c94fad97b3.png

    Also yes I ‘watermarked’ it because this was something that took a real amount of my time (as (and while I have notable work in the world of automotive design) I am not a professional rendering artist). So I hope you all will appreciate this (factually) ‘more accurate’ depiction of what we will be seeing with the upcoming C8. (&) Anyways I really hope you all Enjoy this everyone.

    Have a great day ~ Mike Anonymous.

    • Astonman

      I like the touch of details you added. Made it look more special. I really like the black top. It made the car look lower overall. We’ll find out in two months! Thanks for the share.

      • Mike anonymous

        Thank you very much. I think they will introduce it with a black top based on the body panels visible, it would look odd if they did not. I’m very much so looking forward to the reveal. (Again) Thank you, It means a lot.

        • Astonman

          My pleasure

    • MarketAndChurch

      Amazing job

    • Craig

      Wow Mike!! VERY impressive! Good for you!

    • ErnieB

      Well this looks a lot better than these horrid renderings…

    • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

      LMAO

  • LJ

    How does one get in to drive?

    • Mike anonymous

      maybe it’s like the McLaren MP4-12C where there’s no door handle and you just tap the door to open it. I don’t think that’s be on the production model though as McLaren removed it because customers were unclear a lot as to how to actually open the vehicle.

      But it ‘if’ they did that, it would be cool to see.

      • LJ

        I was sarcastically pointing out that the renderings show no doors, but your McLaren idea would be cool.

  • Streetlife 5000

    I love Vettes, I have owned 3 in my lifetime, although I applaud GM’s vision and attempt at a super car, this car looks like an outdated Lamborghi..

  • JohnJacobJinglehiemerSmith

    GM has real talent to make this car so butt ugly.

  • holyworrier

    Underwhelming, to put it mildly

  • BGM

    I don’t understand why after 50 years of making an iconic car GM decides to go this route. I’m pretty sure that if anyone at Ford ever said *let’s make a mid engine Mustang* they’d be keelhauled. There’s no need for this car and I hope it fails.

    Also, butt ugly.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Sigh…

  • Bo Hanan
    • Mike anonymous

      What’s funny is that the follow up to the 360 was the 430. The 430 was (, when GM was originally developing the C8 (before it was called the C8)) using the 430 as a base for the vehicles development, Gearing it up to basically be a competitor to the 430, but then of course came the recession, etc. So development was put on hold for a number of years. But the C8 originally (when development in the 2000’s began) was designed to be a 430 competitor.

      Also on an unrelated note, the 360 is one of my favorite Ferarri’s (let alone vehicles/vehicle-designs) of all time.

  • Knotmyrealname

    It can’t be…. It looks so old and stale. There is nothing fresh in that design.

    • Mike anonymous

      In regards to the rendering made, I agree. Take a look at the comment I made below. I did a tracing, shading, and texturing, that is more accurate to how it should actually look (hope it’s not to shabby).

      • Knotmyrealname

        Saw your ‘rendering’ but it’s more about the proportions. Where a garnish or bit of brightwork is placed will make little difference. It just looks wrong.

        • Mike anonymous

          My ‘rendering’ or the rendering in the article? Either way, I understand what you mean.
          To me personally the proportions of the C8 seems a bit small, but as for the rendering in the article I would have to say something just does not seem right. But I guess we will have to wait and see.

          • Knotmyrealname

            I guess that’s the only choice we have.
            I meant your rendering/gif style animation, BTW. Nice work.

  • klunkerboy

    Nice, but its like the proposed 4 door Mustang, it’s not really a Corvette anymore

  • Maximilian Norlande Rabbitt

    I’d say it looks like an El Camino, but that would be an insult to the El Camino and Ute :/

  • Honda NSX-R

    Looks…alright

  • Peter Barosso

    Well dang I hope not. That’s horrific. I draw better cars than those gm designers on sketchup…not saying anything about the model or render….he did a great job, it’s what the test car pretty much looks like.

  • Craig

    I hope it looks a lot better ‘in person’.

  • Jim Seko

    Mid engine cars have a lower polar moment of inertia so it ought to handle better not worse

  • Mike Gonzalez

    something about it looks off proportions

  • Ehh… kind of looks like a boring ferrari

  • Bash

    Not generic and does not have a soul. I hope when public start working thier magic on it, the tuned and modified versions will give it some justice.

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