The Chevrolet Corvette is arguably the definitive American muscle car. It’s been a staple of the scene since the first generation arrived way back in 1953.

Now, after 69 years it has arrived in Australian showrooms courtesy of General Motors Specialty Vehicles. But this eighth-generation Corvette is a very different beast than the seven that came before it. That’s because Chevrolet moved the engine from the front to the middle, in the process evolving the Corvette from a typical muscle car into something capable of taking on supercars from Europe and Asia.

The reason for moving the engine behind the cockpit is simple - it makes the Corvette better. It means better weight distribution, better handling and faster acceleration times.

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