Report: Chevy Considered Splitting the C8’s Rear Window

Designer Tom Peters and the team that designed the C8 Corvette considered splitting the new Corvette’s rear window but ultimately decided against it, according to a recent report.

Speaking to musclecars&trucks.com, Peters says the team asked itself “is there a way to represent that split window theme in a modern way?”

Unfortunately for fans of the C2, the design team decided against it because “it was too literal,” says Peters, “and however way we did it, it came across as forced.”

That’s not to say, however, that no elements of the legendary ’63 Corvette’s split window made it into the final design.

“We tried to emulate the theme in the rear, and if you look, you can see a theme come through the roof,” Peters told MC&T. “The glass aims and breaks subtly, and that lines up with the top of the motor. And that lines up with the Stingray emblem. So your eye connects the dots and it’s kind of a thematic element to the split window.”

Given Chevrolet’s many references to Zora Arkus-Duntov throughout the hype campaign that preceded the C8, it is perhaps appropriate that the team decided against the split-window. The father of the Corvette famously hated the split on the grounds that reduced rear visibility.

Arkus-Duntov went to war against the split window and eventually got his way over GM design chief Bill Mitchell, but it wasn’t easy. In fact, in 1992 he told Corvette Quarterly: “We got rid of the split window for the 1964 model year, but there was blood spilled over it. My blood.”

Still, though, the question of whether or not to add the famous design cue to the C8 sheds a little light on the lengths that Chevy went to to ensure that the C8, despite its new engine location, is not divorced its lineage.

[images courtesy of General Motors. Lead image modified by GMI]

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