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  • C8 Designer Stylistic Skills

    The ME’s design team will use many “tricks of the trade” to insure that the next generation Corvette works as a fully-integrated, aesthetically flowing vehicle. At the same time, as many of us have noticed, they have some challenges to overcome, not the least of which is that the car will appear to many to be bass-awkwards from seven decades of our being used to long-hooded, short-rear-decked, Corvettes.

    As commented by a few, they expect the ME to have a longer rear end than some of its competitors. This is consistent with some of the spy shots we have seen, and also consistent with our excellent renderings. However, in some of our views the rear of the car appears to be longer than in others, to wit, this latest ITW shot.

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    As a couple of you have posted, there probably is some functional reason for a longer rear area. However, I remain optimistic that the GM designers have cleverly figured out a way to visually minimize that component.

    Similarly, we have seen a couple of spy pictures showing almost a dumbo-ears, excessively wide rear side scoop.

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    Yet even then, from someone who has seen the finished car, however, he said that the team of GM designers has created a way to very nicely integrate that scoop into the overall design, and conversely added, “it is an attractive design component.”

    Lastly, regarding some spy pictures have shown an almost chopped off front of the car.

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    Not suggesting that as we have become accustomed to the extremely long C3+ front hoods, that the C8’s much shorter one will not be a surprise to many, but that when we see the finished car, the ME’s front will “fit” the car.

    The great design team who created the C7, are also the same team who has created the entry year C8, e.g., the team of Ed Welburn, Tom Peters, Kirk Bennion, Hwasup Lee, Jose Gonzalez, and more.

    With these incredibly talented designers, I have full faith that the C8’s design will artfully use their many artistic design skills to make the C8 visually be the integrated, flowing, exceptional-looking Corvette that it truly needs to be. Sometime this year, we will finally get to see it!
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    I have no concerns with the short hood, long deck look, in general. I've always like the shape and proportions of ME Ferraris, the older Ford GT, and similar cars. I'm looking forward to the "cab forward" design.
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      I wonder why the last picture has such a snub nose compared to the other shots? Could it be perspective or camera lens? I love the longer front but definitely do not like the third pic above. Looks like forward proportion is missing.
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      • #4
        The C7 design team hit a home run. With their having six years more experience, I expect another home run.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Frenzy36 View Post
          I wonder why the last picture has such a snub nose compared to the other shots? Could it be perspective or camera lens? I love the longer front but definitely do not like the third pic above. Looks like forward proportion is missing.
          I think a more useful reference to the C8's proportions are the C8 videos that have been captured.

          Photos are easily manipulated (i.e., "photo-shopped"). The photo below in particular gives an unusual and unexpected proportional length to the car. My first thought when I saw this photo is that the image was electronically altered to lengthen the car.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Frenzy36 View Post
            I wonder why the last picture has such a snub nose compared to the other shots? Could it be perspective or camera lens? I love the longer front but definitely do not like the third pic above. Looks like forward proportion is missing.
            It's the angle. If you look at multiple photos, you can see that the front is very short in front of the wheels, but angles forward to a point in the center of the car. Some angles (direct side view, for example), emphasize the length of that center point. From other angles, you don't see that as much, and the short section in front of the wheels gets more emphasis.

            I think that effect won't be as noticeable when you see the car in 3D, rather than a flat image.

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