Say Goodbye to the Manual Transmission on the Chevrolet Corvette C8

By Pamela V. | Posted in Chevy on Wednesday, July 24th, 2019 at 9:13 am

The stick shift days on a Corvette may be numbered indeed. General Motors revealed the redesigned Corvette on July 18th with eye-popping new features such as an engine that is situated under the vehicle’s midsection, instead of being under the hood, which maximizes speed. What doesn’t it have? A manual transmission.

The 2020 Corvette Stingray will have an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission that will provide lightning-fast shifts and excellent power transfers, Chevrolet has stated. It’s matched with an “electronic transmission range selector,” which removes the mechanical connection between the transmission and shift stick. It will also incorporate paddle shifters for those who want to design their vehicle to their specifications. 

A dual-clutch transmission is conclusively a manual. Drivers don’t need to fumble for the clutch and use their hands to switch gears when driving the car. The old-school stick shift that defined what the modern vehicles were in the early years is gone with the C8 Corvette.

This has been a long-time rumor, but it won’t make it any easier for the stick-shift loyalists. But the loyalists out there are a “loud minority,” said Karl Brauer, executive publisher of car information and buying sites for Autotrader and Kelley Blue Book. Some enthusiasts might “make all sorts of screams and noises” about the change, but essentially “it’s just getting harder and harder to justify a manual transmission given the low volume,” Brauer said.

The new mid-engined Corvette steps up its pursuit of the Porsche and Ferrari. Entry-level version features a massive 6.2-liter V8 LT2 engine with 495 hp, and 637 Nm of torque and the crankshaft sits at 2.5 cm lower to the ground. The LT2 now uses an engine-mounted dry sump oil system, and three scavenge pumps.

For the first time, the Corvette will not be offered with a manual gearbox. Chevrolet has instead opted to use a new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT), designed in collaboration with TREMEC. It features a double-paddle de-clutch feature which disconnects the clutch by holding both paddles.

Performance is expected to be blistering. Corvette will offer an optional Z51 package which gives an improved passive suspension system with manually adjustable springs, larger brake rotors, improved cooling, specific axle ratio, and a performance exhaust. Going 60 mph should take just 3 seconds.

The chassis will remain aluminum in preference to the carbon fiber monocoques that have become ordinary for mid-engined supercars now. The chassis will be 137 mm in length over the Corvette C7, which is an extra 56 mm in width. It will be offered in right and left-hand drive variations.

When it comes to design, the Corvette will get a low profile headlamp and the hidden door handles will ensure that the lines are not disturbed. Larger side air intakes were imperative for the vehicle. Chevrolet has chosen a small rear spoiler to complement the front spoiler which adds 180 kg of downforce.

The main functions inside are especially driver-oriented. The entire cockpit sits 42 cm further forward and it features a line of buttons that run along with the center console towards a central monitor. The steering wheel has been stationed to validate an unobstructed view of the 12-inch digital cluster.

The leather finishes come standard with Corvette choosing to use real metal wherever it’s possible. The stainless steel speaker grills cover a Bose audio system and carbon-fiber trim are also available as an option. There are three seat options which are available with GT1 offering the most comfort, GT2 an intermediate opportunity and Competition Sport focussed on performance.

Twelve exterior colors will also be made available with six interior themes, two stitching patterns, and six-seat belt colors. As for availability, there have been no details that have been confirmed; however, we know that production will begin late 2019. The Corvette will be offered both stateside, and in Europe for the first time as well.

You can search the inventory of Chevrolet Corvette’s at Miami Lakes Automall.  Make sure to stop by for a test drive and see if this model and make is the car for you.

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