With all the new looks now available of the C8 Mid-Engine Corvette without the heavy black camouflage, our friend FVS from the MidEngineCorvetteForum.com has turned into a render machine with new designs coming out almost daily now.
Because we’ve only seen the cars with their tops on, most of the renders focus on the Coupe version. Corvette enthusiasts who have been paying attention know based on close examination of the roof lines that there are two different models being tested. The latest spy photos reveal that GM has gone even further to differentiate the two models with the Coupe having with an integrated rear panel with the venting along the sides while a second car appears to have its vents along the bottom of the panel.
Let’s take a quick look again at the two models:
Here’s the Coupe. The middle area of that black panel will most likely be replaced with glass on the final design to show off the engine compartment:
And here are two good looks at the Hard Top Convertible:
You can see the vents run along the bottom of the panel while another black cover is strategically bolted into the rear sloping buttresses. The bolted down panel is hiding that area between the buttresses and obscuring the rear view from the cockpit. Take a look now at this earlier spy photo which shows the flat rear deck between the two buttresses which can be seen through the camo.
And here is another illustration to show the differences between the two models. The roofline on the coupe (in front) features the traditional “double bubble” design which is said to give the driver and passenger additional headroom when wearing helments. The Convertible top is nearly flat across the roof:
Now that you know the differences between the two models, let’s take a look at the render by FVS and the MidEngineCorvetteForum.com:
Lastly, just to get a feel for how the hard top convertible will operate, we look again to this video of a Ferrari 458 showing the roof operation. For the sake of Corvette product manager Harlan Charles and his joke about Corvette owners always being in such a hurry, let’s hope the top can be operated while the car is moving!
Do these renders of the C8 Hard Top Convertible have you wishing for this model over the coupe? Let us know in the comments below. For more information and discussions about the C8 Mid-Engine Corvette, check out over 500 topics of discussion on the future Corvettes at the MidEngineCorvetteForum.com.
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