Chevrolet Considered Giving 2020 Corvette C8 A Split Rear Window

Chevrolet has revealed that it considered designing the C8 Corvette with a split rear window similar to the 1963 ‘Vette.

In an interview with Muscle Cars and Trucks, Chevrolet Performance exterior design director Tom Peters stated that the design team tried but couldn’t make such a split rear window suit the mid-engined Corvette.

Also Watch: Jay Leno Shows Off his New Very Early Corvette Stingray from 1963

“We looked at a (split window)… it was too literal… and however way we did it, it came across as forced,” he said. “Because the ’63 is so powerful, is there a way to represent that split window theme in a modern way? We tried to emulate the theme in the rear, and if you look, you can see a theme come through the roof… the glass aims and breaks subtly, and that lines up with the top of the motor. And that lines up with the Stingray emblem. So your eye connects the dots and it’s kind of a thematic element to the split window.”

Chevrolet premiered the 1963 Corvette coupe with a split rear window thanks to design chief Bill Mitchell who wanted to continue the vehicle’s eye-catching centerline from the nose through to the car’s rear end. The split rear window Corvette is absolutely iconic and despite its striking good looks, was kicked to the curb the following year in favor of a more traditional single-piece rear window.

Would the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray look any good with a split rear window? We’ll never know, but if there are any budding rendering artists who think they can give us an accurate idea of how it could have looked, shoot us an email at tips(at)

Hat tip to matahuki for sending through the rendering above!

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1963 Corvette split-window photo from Bring A Trailer

  • Puddingpopper

    Cuz one more useless line is just what that thing needs

  • Six_Tymes

    nah. do it from the start, or dont do it at all.

  • Ben

    You know, I really hope the DCT they use won’t be a bottleneck for modded performance. The current C7 transmission seem to take the extra power well, but DCTs can be touchy, especially considering it is GM’s first.

    • SgtBeavis

      GM isn’t building the DCT. It’s being done by Tremec. It can’t really be called a 1st for Tremec either because they bought Hoerbiger, who built DCTs for Mercedes AMG, Ferrari, and McLaren.

      I think the tranny will be OK.

      • Puddingpopper

        Hopefully its not an exercise in cost cutting complete with plastic internals (looking at you GTR)

      • Ben

        Wow, thanks, didn’t know that. Thanks, Beavis.

    • Puddingpopper

      Surprised they didn’t slush box it since the ATS-V didn’t get one because it was “too heavy”

      • Ben

        Well, I would have thought they would have used the recently co-developed 10-speed transmission. Seems like a waste now.

  • eb110americana

    Just a little reminder that they toyed with this design element on the 2009 Stingray concept:

  • john1168

    I vote no for the split window on the C8. Like they said, it would just look forced and just not right. Everyone loves it on the original but that’s where it needs to stay for now.

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