Some Corvette owners just can’t let it go when it comes to Chevy’s decision to change longstanding design cues on the car.
Corvettes received its first round taillights with the redesign of the 1961 Corvette and they would become a fixture on the cars that would span five generations through 2013.
Chevy famously deleted the Corvette’s round taillights on the C7 Corvettes as it progressed to using a custom LED projection design that many complained looked too much like those on the Camaro. They didn’t really, but they weren’t round and that’s what appeared to upset a small but vocal subset of our hobby.
But now there is a new Corvette hot on everyone’s mind – the 2023 Corvette Z06 – so sure enough we have a round taillight rendering out there that is supposed to show us what we’ve all been missing.
The rendering comes from CorvetteForum member ‘AustinVetter’ who writes:
Love the beautiful flowing lines of the C7/C8 until you get to the rear of the car with the hodgepodge taillight design. IMHO, taillights should never be so obnoxious they become the focal point of the car. Anyhoo, here is a mockup I just did with C6 type lights. Some will prefer the current design but I certainly would much prefer if the C8Z looked like this!
As much as I do enjoy the current design, I must say these don’t look horrible and it’s probably just the nostalgia from how much I loved the simplicity of the C6 Corvette. This blog started in 2005 with the C6 and it’s not an understatement to say we’ve been fans ever since.
The Forum membership seems to be about 50/50 on it as well which is surprising to some who have read through the entire thread. What are your thoughts on this? Let us know in the comments below.
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