What was the name of the first V8-powered Corvette?
The 1955 model year saw the introduction of the first Chevrolet Corvette powered by a V8 engine.
The original Corvette, which debuted in 1953, was powered by a six-cylinder engine,
but Chevrolet released a new V8 option for the sports car for the 1955 model year.
This small-block V8 engine outperformed the six-cylinder engine in terms of power and peak speed,
and it immediately became the engine of choice for Corvette customers.
The 1955 Corvette was also the first year that a manual gearbox option was available,
Ferrari, McLaren, and Ford's GT supercar all have high-performance V8 engines that may be deemed more powerful.