[POLL] Should the C7 Corvette’s Design Go “Retro”?


[POLL] Should the C7 Corvettes Design Go Retro?

Here is a freelancer’s take on Corvette for the upcoming C7 release that’s been floating around the interwebs for quite some time now and one that keeps growing on me. The visual design cues are both modern and C3 retro without sacrificing function like the rear wheel brake cooling ducts. While the original color of this design was done in silver, someone did this great photoshop proving once again that all Corvettes should be red.

Talk of going retro really got started after GM’s VP of Global Design Ed Welburn stated that the split-window would be returning on the C7. I wonder if going retro is what Corvette owners are looking for in the next generation ‘Vette.

Chevy has had recent success going retro with the Camaro, but doing a Corvette is harder due to the 58 year history of the model. You don’t want to alienate your customer base with something totally different that the previous generations, but you do want to be different enough to attract new buyers, especially young new buyers.

That leads us to the question of the week:

Should the C7 Corvette go with a more "retro" design or should those cues be more subtle?

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  1. yes,… the C3 should be the design motif for the c7, but this isn’t it… as talented as the artist may be – IS!. the “duck tail” (which i am a HUGE fan of…) added to the c6 basics with a Ferrari intake/grill/nose isn’t original enough for a new model, or taking enough from past styling points.
    Go D.C. members! though… 🙂

  2. It took years to get rid of the over dramatic, poor handling C3. The C4 was a vast improvement in engineering, but very plain. Finally, with the C5, Corvette had a car that could perform and look as good as anything in the world. The C6 is a progressive step, in many ways. It is not a Camaro, that some kid dreamed of owning, it is a world class sports car that needs to progress in style, fitting to its reputation, unlike the Porsche that was ugly in 1965 and still is.

  3. I voted no primarily because each progressing Corvette model pays homage to its past in a subtle manner but remains firmly at the cutting edge of technology; this just feels like GM’s going backwards if they greenlight it (I hope not). Function before form. This artist’s rendering is wonderful, evocative, and stunning but I would buy the skin as a kit.

    I’d buy “retro” for a pony car (i.e. Camaro) but not a Corvette with a serious and historic racing pedigree.

  4. Porsche has always nailed it with the 911. Evolution, not revolution. Timeless design that always looks current.

  5. Major changes to retro the next generation (C7) Vette back to capture the nostalgia would be a mistake. Designed and built as ” America’s only Authentic Sports Car” over the years, you would be converting it fsdrom a totally “Performance” oriented vehicle to a ” Muscle Car”, and from what I’ve seen on the road, that position is being filled nicely with the “New Camaro.

  6. Corvettes should never go retro. They should be the flagship for the company; therefore, they should be looking forward not back. Having said that it is ok to have body features that are truly Corvette looking, but it should never look like it was just an old car made to lock futuristic.

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