Imagine, if you will, that you began living under a rock from January 13, 2013 on, and only emerged long enough to purchase a sixth-generation Chevrolet Corvette. You had no knowledge of the heavily redesigned, seventh-generation Corvette - it's shapely new body and enthusiast-infuriating rear taillights were as foreign as the Bhagavad Gita recited in Klingon. On one of your rare outings from your rocky dwelling and behind the wheel of your C6 Vette, though, you stumbled upon one of Chevy's new Stingrays and were completely taken by it.

But, rather than going out and trying to buy one of the new cars, you'd rather keep your C6. What's a rock-dwelling Vette driver to do? Well, if you have about $60,000 handy, you pick up Supervettes' new SV8.R conversion. Designed to transform any 2005 to 2013 C6 into a sharper looking, more modern Corvette, it features a carbon-fiber body that's supposedly been inspired by older Corvettes, while still borrowing heavily from the C7. Unlike the new Stingray, though, the Supervettes SV8.R retains four round taillights, and it is said to be five inches wider than a C6 ZR1.

Other changes that come with the kit include new 20-inch front and 21-inch rear wheels shod in Pirelli Pzero tires. A new exhaust, new brakes, new lighting and a fresh coat of paint for the car's new body are also included. Eventually, interior treatments will be available, as well as exposed carbon-fiber options. Five pre-orders are available, starting at $59,995, while future orders will cost an even $65K. We will say, as conversion kits go, we've certainly seen worse than what Supervettes has put together.

We've got images of the Supervettes kit above and in a variety of different colors. There's also a full press release about the design process available below. As a final parting thought, we'd just like to take this opportunity to remind any reading this that a brand-new 2014 Corvette Stingray can be had for less than the price of this kit. Just sayin'...

UPDATE: Supervettes got in touch with us to let us know that the carbon fiber bodywork of its SV8.R conversion can be built atop either a C6 or C7 chassis.
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The Ultimate Supervette... "SV8.R"

We started designing the Concept which we have since named the "SV8.R" back in 2009. Our vision and goal was to create an entirely new body for the C6 Corvette that would capture the Supercar essence that the Corvette lacked, at least visually in the past few generations. There's no argument that its drive train is one if the best on the market, and THE very best bang for your buck available today.. but it still lacked something. So we went to the drawing board. We wanted to create what we thought GM should have designed, but can't due to a small box their design team must stay inside to meet profit margins and sales goals.

We decided to completely replace the entire exterior with a new 100% Carbon Fiber Supervette body. A super contemporary design, capturing some design cues from past generations like the C2 and C3... and of course the traditional round round lights. Ironically, keeping the round tail lights, but executing this idea in a very modern way, was our #1 focus when we first started sketching... and its been without a doubt the most controversial part of the new C7 design.

We started by 3D scanning a 2011 C6 with Matrix Cad Design Inc. out of Charlotte, NC. With the help of an excellent 3D model designer Thomas Granjard out of Paris, France , we designed the SV8.R on the C6 chassis with laser accuracy, assuring that our panels will fit 100% precision. With this process we were able to avoid making any structural changes to the vehicle. The end result, we can build this conversion on any 2005-2013 Corvette. We will be tweaking the files to fit the C7 chassis as well, which we already determined is extremely similsimilarar to the C6.

All of the body panels, are being manufactured with the very best materials and technology available today. Carbon Fiber, Kevlar-reinforced bumpers for extreme strength and lightweight.

We are accepting 5 preorders at $59,995, which as of now there are two spots open. After our preorder phase, packages will start at $65,000.00 for the exterior, which will also include forged wheels, 20x11.5" (F) and 21x13.5" (R), Pirelli Pzero tires, Custom exhaust, brake upgrade, all new lighting, paint, installation, and delivery. Additional options will include performance packages, custom interiors, sound systems, and even a fully exposed carbon fiber / clearcoated show car finish.

We expect the prototype to be complete by March, and the first 5 preorders to be built by third quarter of 2014. From this point we will be offering a limited amount of 20 per year for 5 years. All 100 will come with their own serial # and unique aluminum badges.

About Supervettes LLC...

As a kid, I was always sketching sports cars and like most young car lovers, day dreaming of Lambos & Ferrari's. My parents always had a new Corvette, as long as I can remember... so it was already encoded into my DNA so to speak. I had a 2008 Z06 Corvette, which I took delivery of in early 2008. I absolutely loved the car, but like most sports car enthusiasts, I was ready for "more" by 2009. Eagerly anticipating the release of the ZR1, I was preparing for the upgrade. However, I was expecting a wider, more aggressive Vette. Obviously that didn't happen. Of course the Supercharged LS9 was exciting, but Vette owners have been doing that for years already. I was more disappointed in the exterior design. I wanted a wider Supercar to keep up with the exotics as far as "artistic value" is concerned :) So, I designed what we call the ZR6X, which if you haven't seen it, is basically a ZR1 on steroids. It is 3" wider (1.5" in every corner). The first one was for my own pleasure. Then, after getting stopped and questioned by people at every stop light, gas station, etc, I quickly realized we had a business staring us in the face. Supervettes LLC was born in July of 2010.

We have had and continue to have great success with this conversion kit selling it globally, as it is a bolt on conversion kit.

Then, like an addiction, I wanted more! So, we started building the "GT6X" - Adding a new front nose fascia, new rear bumper, side pipe exhaust, retractable wing, and another 2", making it 5" wider than a ZR1... which makes it 80.6" wide. (Base Corvette is 72.6" and a Z06/ZR1 is 75.6" wide for reference)

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      • 1 Year Ago
      For the price of two Corvettes I can have an old corvette with a horrible interior and a modern body? Sign me up!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is this the Corvetghini?
      • 1 Year Ago
      Front end is cool, but the rearend looks like an after thought. The front bumper would go well with the stock rear.
      • 1 Year Ago
      If my math is correct, it sounds like the body kit is about $35k of the price. It also says its over 20 panels. I've worked with carbon fiber before, and this is actually cheap for what you're getting. Especially for autoclaved parts which the process I read they are using somewhere else online. (This is what Lambirghini, Bugatti, etc use.... This isnt for kids) The people commenting in the price, comparing it to a C7, more than likely can't afford either lol.
        • 1 Year Ago
        You're not looking at this correctly. Yes, 35K is a "deal" with what you're getting, but what you've ended up with...Is a C6 (older technology) with a C7 body, and C6 body parts that just take up room in your garage, when you could simply just trade in your brand new C6 (and get hosed).
      • 1 Year Ago
      Interesting - definitely better in the darker colors, (that red one is hot.) Creative take on the taillights as well - though that rear spoiler isn't any better than the c7. Wonder if somebody could do just a c7 taillight replacement unit like this so you wouldn't have to monkey with body panels.
      • 1 Year Ago
      This looks pretty good, but 60k!!!! Besides I've seen the kits that turn c4s into c5s and while they look good in concept, kind of weird in real life.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm gonna get flamed but I actually like the taillights on this kit more than the actual C7...
      • 1 Year Ago
      This looks way better than the Stingray. Pick up a used C6 for around $25K and add this to it, and you'll have spent a little more than the Stingray after markup.
        • 1 Year Ago
        While the kit is nice the logic or lack there of above is just dumb. LOL! more to a car than a kit. LOL! besides the new Stingray is stunning!!!!!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Far better than the Stingray put out by Chevy. Although I've seen the new vette in person and it's still ugly, so that's not saying much.
      • 1 Year Ago
      So much better than the C7. Well designed.
      • 1 Year Ago
      sadly it looks better then the actual C7
      • 1 Year Ago
      Its obvious that most people don't know the heritage and history of the Corvette. For starters, Ferrari copied the Corvette way back in the sixtys... Starting with the four round tail lights. The only similarity with the C7 and any model Ferrari is they both have four wheels and tires... Seriously, are you guys blind?
        • 1 Year Ago
        correct me if I'm wrong, Corvette came out with round tail lights in 1963, Ferrari by that time had several models with four round lights including famous 250 GT SWB, 1959 250 gt has round tail lights as well plus a number of racing models have round lights.
          Jso Rsa
          • 1 Year Ago
          Ok. You're wrong. The Corvette SS concept car, on the drawing board since at least 1955 and shown to the public in 1957, had six round tail lights. The Stingray concept car, designed beginning in 1957 as an evolution of the Corvette SS concept and unveiled in 1959, also had six round tail lights along with what would become the basis for the production Corvette's rear end in four round tail light form starting in the '61 model year ('61 and '62 were C-1/C-2 hybrids). Front end styling influenced by the '59 Stingray concept was added to become the production model 1963 Corvette Stingray. In other words, round tail lights were on the drawing board for the Corvette by 1955 at the latest.
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