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.
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.
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