New Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Looks A Little Odd With A Front-Engine Layout

Despite the plethora of performance advantages a mid-engined car has over a front-engined alternative, many remain unconvinced of the new C8 Corvette and its mid-ship layout. These two renderings are for those people.

Created by J.B. Cars on Instagram, these renderings imagine what the C8 Corvette could have looked like if it featured a stonking-great V8 engine sitting over the front axle. We think it looks a little odd but there’s no doubt it shares many design elements with Corvettes of yesteryear, particularly the C7.

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The most obvious alterations made include a longer hood to house the engine and a shorter rear end but there are some smaller touches which could please some more conservative Corvette enthusiasts. For example, the large side air intakes behind the doors used by the C8 to help cool its engine have been removed and instead, the front-engined C8 has air extractors behind the front wheels to make it look more like the C7. In addition, there are small air ducts above the rear wheels like the C7.

I happen to absolutely love the look of the C7 particularly the Grand Sport model when equipped with the various available splitters and wings and think it looks far better than the front-engined C8 pictured. However, that’s not to say the C8 soon to hit dealerships doesn’t look good because while some of its design traits don’t translate all that well to a vehicle with its engine up front, they do work well for one with a roaring V8 behind the passenger cell.

  • LJ

    Odd? I think it looks great. That actually looks like a Corvette.

    The only thing I would change would be to remove the rear bumper vents (no longer relevant), reshape the side vent, and bring back the quad center exhaust.

    • Six_Tymes

      spot on

  • Six_Tymes

    Kind of a fun idea, but pointless.

  • charlotteharry57

    Looks MUCH better than the oddly-proportioned mid-engine one.

  • Puddingpopper

    C7 facelift?

  • TheBelltower

    I don’t think it looks “odd.” It certainly looks more ordinary this way. I don’t think that it would be as well received if they had done this.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    It’s an updated C7. Only qualms are the civic-esque rear vents.

  • NO, IT LOOKS BETTER BALANCED.
    THE C6 AND C7’S SLICED OFF REAR LOOKED UNBALANCED, THIS FIXES THAT.

  • gaddy

    It looks too much like a C7, and people would have bashed GM for being too conservative.

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