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