The Chevrolet Corvette needs no introduction. Affectionately known as “America’s sports car,” the Corvette debuted for the 1953 model year and has been in nearly continuous production ever since. Though Chevrolet originally offered the two-seater with an inline six-cylinder engine, a V8 arrived for 1955 and has been the de facto power plant for Corvette buyers ever since. Each generation of the Corvette is iconic in some way, but until the eighth-generation (C8) arrived for the 2020 model year, they all had one thing in common: a front-engine, rear-drive powertrain layout. That changed with the C8, when the Corvette switched to a mid-engine design capable of delivering true supercar performance. What’s next? Based on General Motors’ plans for all of its vehicles, electrification.