Report – Next generation Corvette could lose the classic manual gearbox image

We can live with the Renault Clio RS having a dual clutch auto, but are fans going to be pleased if the Corvette C8 be exclusively offered with a new seven-speed DCT, given that rumors prove to be correct?

The rumor mill has been happily speculation anything and everything about the upcoming new generation mid-engined C8 Corvette and the latest idea is that a manual gearbox will not be found on the menu anymore. Instead, a dual-clutch transmission – DCT – will be the sole offering. Tremec’s acquisition of Hoerbiger Drivetrain Mechatronics seems to have lent some credentials to the rumor – and the most recent spy shots of the model have alleged the testing was done with a new transmission – one specific development of the two companies for the model. Apparently some Tremec engineering documents have also leaked and it seems the Chevrolet unit has a maximum input speed of 9,000 rpm, and a 664 pound-feet (900 newton-meter) of torque capacity.

This means the transmission can hold its own next to models from Mercedes-AMG, Ferrari, and McLaren, with the Tremec TR-9007 available for rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive, or transaxle positions. Apparently Chevrolet is looking to save some money after developing this costly new transmission – and because the Corvette is also expected to move up the price point. First introduction of the model is expected at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Via Car and Driver

  • milwaukeegregg

    Corvette is now a pointer, instead of driver……….. Keep the Viper a real mans car………

    • donjames911

      Tell me about Vipers when they beat a ‘Vette at Le Mans, Petite Le Mans, or any other major enduro. The two viper owners I personally knew in SoFla (Both Doctors) ended up with their ass-ends in the concrete and sold what was left soon thereafter. BTW, do you own a Viper???

      • milwaukeegregg

        No, I do not own one…….. Just worked in the car business for 30+ years…………..All highline ….. all German…….. Most, not all Docs, that buy Porsche or hot rod MB,BMW.Audi, can’t drive them fast…. They buy them cause they can………. but you knew that…………..I sold a Porsche to a doc in Dallas…. Picked it up on Sat, was dead Sunday morning……..Shit happens………..

        • donjames911

          Was referring to the Viper’s propensity to suddenly swap ends, not the driving skills of doctors. I’ve raced (Mainly off-road) and owned 2 911s, and am looking for a third. Gave up buying new cars years ago cuz ya know, ya just can’t trust a car salesman! (j/k).

          • milwaukeegregg

            I race nothing……Nor do I care to……Yes they are a hand full so beware……….. If your having a problem with car salesmen, get a dealers licence and you can go to the auction………. They love nube’s there……….

          • milwaukeegregg

            I race nothing……Nor do I care to……Yes they are a hand full so beware……….. If your having a problem with car salesmen, get a dealers licence and you can go to the auction………. They love nube’s there……….

          • donjames911

            Ooooooo! Seems I touched a nerve! I have no problem with car salesmen, and have no need for a dealers licence; My stockbroker’s license has served me well and allowed me to comfortably retire at age 55. And BTW, I have built a number of cars, including race cars, from the frame up as a hobby, so ‘nube’ you, lol!

          • milwaukeegregg

            Sure you have…………………lol

  • David Rodolff

    I know automatics have come a long way and they are indispensable in heavy traffic.
    But, in a sports car, gimme the manual. Every time.

    • donjames911

      Not just indispensable in heavy traffic, automatics are now quicker. Like you, I prefer to stir my own, with the wind in my hair and the bugs in my teeth. But relics like us need to face up to the future or drive classic cars (Expensive!). Won’t be long before standard transmissions are a thing if the past.