I was hoping that yesterday’s leak of the C8’s rear end would have been a one-and-done, and now this one is even worse. Because this image is so poor, and obvious edits have been made to erase its surroundings, we were torn on whether to run it or not. Heck, we don’t even know if it’s a picture of the real car or just a very bad rendering. But after Jalopnik picked it up and now others are running it, we’re going to give you our opinion.
Regardless on whether the image is real or fake, people make assumptions based on first impressions and a leaked low-res photo that’s been photoshopped can be detrimental to that process. Chevrolet has a vested interest in attempting to manage the perceived favorability of the car and that’s why they are spending millions of dollars on a first-rate reveal that this car demands. Those of whom we have talked with that have actually seen the real deal have told us over and over that it’s “drop-dead gorgeous” and that we will be “blown away” by it.
Understand that anything we see from the reveal will be 1000 times better looking than this low-res photoshopped pic.
The picture was shared online by YouTuber StreetSpeed717 in his latest video which has him driving around town in a C7 Corvette as he discusses the C8 Corvette in general and aspects of the rear end design which we’ve all seen by now. He claims this an actual photo of the C8 Mid-Engine Corvette.
Seeing the leaked rear photo this week was bad enough for the Corvette team. We understand a meeting was held at Bowling Green Assembly on Tuesday morning where a stern lecture was said to be given and you can bet they were reminded of the many employees who have already been fired for lesser offenses.
As much as enthusiasts want to know everything, someone like StreetSpeed717 (whom I thought Chevy has done favors for in the past like making sure he was one of the first with a ZR1) should know that rushing to be the first to share a leaked or stolen image was wrong. At some point, you have to consider what the implications are after sharing: People get fired, potential buyers lose interest, you burn a bridge that can’t be rebuilt. All for a few extra page views now. We can all wait 9 days to see the next generation Corvette unveiled in the manner befitting of 66 years of Corvette history.
Chevrolet won’t forget this. Just ask Jalopnik.
I’m not linking to his video. Just consider that my “12 minutes of extra time” gift to you.
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