The 7-speed manual transmission debuted this time on the 2012 Porsche 911 and now its the Americans who have decided to follow the footsteps of the Germans by roping in the 7-speed transmission from the Porsche into the next generation Chevrolet Corvette sports car. The 2013 Chevrolet Corvette C7 will be complete with an aggressive styling package like most of its predecessors. Some speculative reports suggest the new car is expected to borrow design cues from classic Corvettes including the old Stingray.
Under the hood it could be business as usual with a V8 that has been a trademark of Corvette’s since the classic era. Americans love the thundering V8 power houses and it looks unlikely that General Motors would replace them for a more economical engine. What will change for sure though is the gearbox. A seven-speed manual transmission will keep you entertained if aren’t killed by the brutal acceleration, that is. Still, I am skeptical about the whole 7-speed manual thingy especially in America where majority of the Corvettes will be sold.
2009 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray concept
The people in the United States are known for their hatred of stick-shifts while some find it particularly confusing. Let see how this move pans out over the months following the actual launch of the next generation Chevrolet Corvette. Even Porsche, have decided to continue their version of the 7-speed manual only if demand for it persists. It will be a tough call to make for the decision makers at General Motors, then. But, for now we can expect the Chevrolet Corvette C7 with a transmission packed with seven different ratios to harness the power from the V8 upfront.