[VIDEO] Designer Turns a 2020 Stingray into a Corvette SUV


[VIDEO] Designer Turns a 2020 Stingray into a Corvette SUV

Photo Credit: TheSketchMonkey

Imagine the perfect garage.

A Torch Red 2020 Corvette Stingray on one side for trips to the NCM Motorsports Park or a weekend journey along the curvy roads of the mountains. A Marlboro Maroon 1967 427/435 Corvette Sting Ray just for the fun of it. And then my daily driver, a Blade Silver 2022 Corvette Chaparall for those quick trips to pick up a few items at Home Depot.

Whoa, wait a minute, you say, I can dig it, but what the heck is a Corvette Chaparral?

That, my friends, is just this humble writer’s suggestion for the moniker of Chevy’s newest SUV based on the C8 Corvette. Unfortunately, along with the bags of cash needed to build said garage and fill it with said dream vehicles, the Chaparral exists only in my own mind for the moment.

But don’t give up hope.

I don’t know about you, but I’d love to trade my Lexus RX350 for an SUV based on a Corvette. Who needs a Porsche Cayenne or a Lamborghini Urus when you could buy a Corvette Chaparall grocery-hauler?

Fortunately, a Corvette SUV isn’t as far-fetched of an idea as it once might have been. The massive surge of SUVs from traditional sports car brands is set to continue in 2022 when Ferrari and Bugatti finally succumb to the pressure and join the likes of Porsche, Lamborghini, Bentley, Rolls Royce, Aston-Martin, Jaguar, and, yes, even Ford with its electric Mustang.

[VIDEO] Designer Turns a 2020 Stingray into a Corvette SUV

The Sketch Monkey feels the same way I do. Take a look at his fascinating video in which he starts out with a C8 Corvette coupe and, through the magic of Photoshop, winds up with a Corvette SUV.

I like Sketch Monkey’s reasoning when he points out that while Chevy already has the Blazer that looks like a Camaro in stilts, in his words, “they need something more.”

That’s why this talented artist decided to have a little weekend fun and create a C8 “sport plus utility vehicle,” as he calls it. A SPUV, in other words.

“So what needs to be done to turn this Corvette C8 into an SUV?” he asks rhetorically. “I can’t just lift it and call it done since it’s obviously a two-door coupe. However cool that might be, I don’t think it would sell really well. We need to add a second pair of doors, of course, change the entire roofline, and more importantly get the proportions right. Proportions can be tricky in SUVs, and especially when based on an existing sports car. It still needs to feel like a Corvette visually, and to me, the front graphics or the face of the car is what’s most important to try to preserve as much as possible. Since it’s lifted, we also need to add more body to the front, meaning add more mass to fill in the additional height. The side blade or air intake needs to go since this isn’t going to be mid-engine, but I still want to keep the sculpted sides of the C8 in the design.”

So here’s Sketch Monkey’s final result. What’s your take on his idea for a Corvette SUV? I think it looks great as a place to start, but we’re sure that with a lot more thought, Chevy’s incredible team of designers could come up with something even way cooler.

So, how about it, Chevy? My RX350 is about to flip over 100,000 miles, so it’s nearly time to trade for, say, a Corvette Chaparral.

TheSketchMonkey / YouTube via Motor1.com

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  1. I think GM ought to consider this, it could be a hit if the price line wasn’t too high.

  2. ENOUGH with these ideations for a Corvette SUV!!! Leave articles like this to the fantasy peddlers over at GMAuthority.com !

    The Corvette is a car, NOT a brand, which is what makes it unique as a sports car.

    GM makes enough SUVs as it is.

    Want a Corvette SUV? Buy a Corvette, then send it to a chop shop.

    Howabout creating a Stingray variant that is priced such that folks other than boomers can purchase it? Like, say the under 35 demographic? That is what GM should be looking at, not this abomination!!


  3. Once again, GM following the pack, but why not? Lamborghini, Jaguar, Porsche, Bentley and other manufacturers are killing it with their SUVs $$$$$. If it helps keep the C8 price point low, I’m all for it.

  4. The Corvette should Never be an SUV. That would betray ever Corvette Owner or Lover for having made the Corvette a volume Sports Car and the Pride of GM! Close as they should ever have gotten was the Corvair Van, and you don’t see those anymore, take the hint!

  5. I will add to my previous post. If GM wants to do a swoopy & sporty “Corvette-inspired” SUV, and call it that notional “Chapparal” or whatever, that could be appropriate. Just not a Corvette. But I must agree with @JB ; whatever it takes to keep the C8’s price point within reach, I am for it as well.

    Foe what its worth, when my ’77 Vette was destroyed after being hit by a drunk driver, I took the engine and grafted it into a 1986 Suburban, cross flagged valve covers in all!

    @MitchTalley, whatabout that reimagined midengined Cadillac Cien/XLR idea from a year or so ago? Any intel on that?

  6. I think the person that thought this idea up, should be hung by the balls, over a fire pit. The last thing we need is another SUV brand clogging up our roads, ESPECIALLY, when they disrespect the name Corvette,
    just to make a few more bucks

  7. I’m all for GM doing what it needs to do to make money but I have to agree with an earlier comment… Corvette is a model of car not a brand. Cadillac should make a VSeries SUV. Leave Corvette alone.

  8. How about the Camaro taking some styling cues from the C7 Corvette? Chrysler and Ford are already killing the Camaro. I’ve heard plenty of Chevy fans say the look of the current Camaro is a no go. This could be a way for GM to start folks with families into the Corvette line.

  9. I would love to have a Corvette SUV parked in my garage next to my C8 as long as it has proper credentials. It must go, stop and handle as a proper Corvette SUV should (benchmark to the Porsche Cayenne). Shouldn’t be that hard.

  10. Uh maybe you all are maybe forgetting one thing, this machine is a mid engine car? How do you propose to deal with that, use the engine cover for an ARMREST!

  11. The designer should be castrated. This is a complete sacrilege.
    He should be horse whipped daily for about a year.
    To say I don’t approve is an understatement. The Mustang SUV is butt ugly and I haven hear one positive word on it yet. As far as Mopar goes – who cares. It’s on it’s way out anyway. Right Tony.

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