[VIDEO] Does the C8 Corvette’s Styling Really Need ‘Fixing’?

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[VIDEO] Does the C8 Corvette's Styling Really Need 'Fixing'?


Can you imagine what it must have been like in the design studio as the new mid-engine Corvette secretly came to life?

We’re sure there were more than a few hot “discussions” among the designers as they tried to live up to the task of delivering the first long-awaited mid-engine Corvette.

As with any car, we’re sure there were compromises made along the way to the final design of the 2020 Corvette Stingray, but we’re not sure they rise to the level of being called “the most compromised car ever designed,” as Paul Schmucker of the TV show EverydayDriver puts it in a recent video.

Schmucker, a transportation design graduate, offers his suggestions on how the looks of the new Corvette could have been improved, at least in his opinion.

“The one thing I didn’t want GM to compromise on was the styling,” he says. “At some point, I wanted them to stop sketching, stop drawing lines all over the car.”

[VIDEO] Does the C8 Corvette's Styling Need 'Fixing'?


Much of Schmucker’s focus is on the rear end of the Corvette, which he repeatedly says “looks too tall.” His ideas include turning the taillight design pointing inward toward the center of the car and overemphasizing them a little bit. He also suggests adding underbody diffusers in the lower center portion of the rear bumper to make the car more “interesting, sexy, and cool,” and also believes the “squircle” tailpipes should be just circular to make the car look more powerful.

As for the side view of the car, he suggests reshaping the black “talon” accents upward toward the flying buttresses, which would also eliminate the awkward small piece stuck on the edge of the door.

From Schmucker’s view, the new C8 should have taken on more of a muscle-car, mid-engine feel since with its long heritage, it is in the unique position of pulling off such a stunt, as opposed to Lamborghini or Ferrari, for example.

We’re disappointed that Schmucker chose not to take his ideas to full renderings because it would have been interesting to see in a more “real-life” kind of way what his suggestions might have done to the overall look of the car.

His goal, he says, was just to sketch out ideas “and kind of play around with some that would make the car better. In everything the Corvette has done, it’s been brilliant. We love how they drive, they’re an amazing value, but this style, that’s not quite there.”

Along with Schmucker, we’re curious to hear your opinions about his redesign efforts. Let us know. One thing in our opinion is that the new Corvette is a great starting point and offers itself to all kinds of post-purchase additions that would change the look of the car dramatically, as each owner might prefer.


Source:
carbuzz.com

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22 COMMENTS

  1. I love what your idea is for the rear of the C8. I think that is the best chance of getting Corvette to do something by next year.

    I also like what you’ve done with the side but I think there’s little chance that Corbett will change that very soon.

  2. Don’t fix it! It isn’t broke. If you long for the looks of the C6 or the C7 I am sure you can find either one at a good price but there is no need to ask to retrograde those looks of the past on to the C8 Stingray. If there are ever any upper models made you can change those before they are real Cars!

  3. I haven’t even gotten the car yet, 3400 is my code and the virus closed the assembly plant. However, this car puts it on the radar. Once it is there changes (improvements) can evolve over time. I am sure that the design team is working on that now. I like and agree with your design changes. Watching that was fun and interesting.

  4. He is right on with his design. I am disappointed with Chevrolet’s exterior design but can live with it. The interior design is we’re I believe Chevrolet went totally wrong.

  5. Keep it simple. The C8 has a big butt. But so did the C5. The C5 went on a diet and came out as the C6, a svelte beauty. So give it some time. The C9 will be incomparable. In the meantime enjoy the C8 for what it still is, an engineering marvel.

    P.S. Yes, any rear wing makes the C8 butt look even bigger.

  6. The C8’s styling definitely needs some refinement, especially the sides which are a hodgepodge of creases that don’t make good visual sense. The black plastic accents everywhere look cheap because back plastic IS cheap. Some kisses of chrome and better looking sets of chrome wheels would help a lot to make the car appear “richer.” It’s too bad GM usually chooses to take the least expensive way out when specifying materials. Another $500 worth of exterior upgrades would make the car look thousands of $$ better.

  7. I agree with much of the critique here, as I’ve been critical from the leaked drawing stage. The design is by no means a massive fail, but it is far from a home run. A giant fat ass…too many origami creases…and a rear view only a mother could love. The C9 cannot come soon enough.

  8. You are all bullshit. I disagree because the C8 is the most sexiest car in all angles and I will buy it fully loaded anyway. and I will also buy a fully loaded C20 too. and Mr. Schmucker is always wrong about the design of the C8 Because I LOVE the design of the C8 the way it is.

  9. Too bad vet designers are little people. For 6ft 2in people need a few more inches leg room, also more head room. No way your helmet wont be into top. These factors eliminate many buyers. C7 has this disadvantage and C8 measurements are similar.

  10. I can look at a thousand pics of this car but until I see a C8 sitting in front of me for the 1st time I won’t have an opinion about it’s looks….

  11. I think the C8 is a good car but I agree with him on the side profile. That and no manual has kept me on the fence until they update the C8 in future model years. Meanwhile I will continue to enjoy my C7.

  12. @Robert

    You are all bullshit. I disagree because the C8 is the most sexiest car in all angles and I will buy it fully loaded anyway. and I will also buy a fully loaded C20 too. and Mr. Schmucker is always wrong about the design of the C8 Because I LOVE the design of the C8 the way it is.

  13. The midengine is an engineering masterpiece, however the design clearly falls short. Bill Mitchell would have thrown the design in the waste pail, and told Peters to “start over”. The rear unfortunately looks very camaro-ish due to a blatant lack of creativity, and Paul is right stating side talon should have been further aft. Furthermore, the shiny black trim on the leading edge of the talon looks pathetic. In my opinion, the front end of the car is the most obvious failure in design as it is as blunt as a county highway snowplow. I understand cooling on a midengine is a serious challenge, but the outboard vents for the two front radiators can remain there, however the nose clearly should have been tapered down for a much sleeker look, which would also create “downforce” (not “lift”). It could have looked very striking , but unfortunately it looks like a $60,000 midengine.The 7th generation, in my opinion is an extraordinary design , as revolutionary as the 1963 was, therefore I will keep mine (no midengine order here).

  14. When the 1963 Sting Ray was first revealed to the public, the reaction was almost universal, Jaws across the Country dropped with a yearning to own one. I have owned every generation Corvette with the exception the C8. Upon viewing the car for the first time up close and personal; sitting in it, walking around it several times, etc., I could not honestly say I hated it, but then again, I could not say that I was eager to go out and buy one. Quite frankly, the design left me underwhelmed and definitely disappointed in many of the styling ques. The Engineering and pricing aspects of the car are incredible. However, I agree with with many of my Corvette colleagues that the styling unfortunately, lets these other fabulous aspects of the car down.

  15. For now leave things alone not to look like other imports, its great lots of the Vette owners it’s lines and shapes.

  16. @Jon Forget

    You are all bullshit. I disagree because the C8 is the most sexiest car in all angles and I will buy it fully loaded anyway. and I will also buy a fully loaded C20 too. and Mr. Schmucker is always wrong about the design of the C8 Because I LOVE the design of the C8 the way it is.

  17. @Seth Gordon

    You are all bullshit. I disagree because the C8 is the most sexiest car in all angles and I will buy it fully loaded anyway. and I will also buy a fully loaded C20 too. and Mr. Schmucker is always wrong about the design of the C8 Because I LOVE the design of the C8 the way it is.

  18. @Section 147

    You are all bullshit. I disagree because the C8 is the most sexiest car in all angles and I will buy it fully loaded anyway. and I will also buy a fully loaded C20 too. and Mr. Schmucker is always wrong about the design of the C8 Because I LOVE the design of the C8 the way it is.

  19. @Richard Joash Tan

    You are obviously retarded. Please stop posting and buying Corvettes.

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