Friday, December 24, 2010

New C7 Corvette to get Split Rear Window According to GM Design Boss Ed Welburn

Even though the 1963 Corvette Stingray's distinct split rear window treatment lasted only for a model year, for many this unconventional styling trait became synonymous with the Corvette ever since. And now we may very well see it making its return on a production Corvette almost half a century later. In recent interview with Inside Line, General Motors' head of global design Ed Welburn told the news site that like the 2010 Camaro, the next generation Corvette's design will incorporate hints of retro styling, including the split back window.
General Motors gave us a taste of how this styling feature may be incorporated on the C7 Corvette, which will retain the front-engine/rear-drive layout of its predecessors, with the Stingray Concept that appeared in the second Transformers movie that was released this past summer.
"That car is not the next Corvette, but the split-window is something that I expect for the next Corvette," Welburn said in the interview. "With the back-up cameras and blind-spot detection systems that we have these days, the visibility issue is much less of a problem."
So what do you think about the idea of the return of the split-window treatment on the new C7; will General Motors manage to find a way to incorporate this feature without causing any rearward visibility issues? Also, what's your take on a possible retro-modern theme for the new Corvette?
Via: Inside Line


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