Manual Transmission Still Popular with Corvette Buyers
Make no mistake about it, Corvette buyers still crave a lot of the hard-core traditional performance stuff that has always defined the sports car, even when opting for the new Corvette Stingray. Amid the growing trend among carmakers to do away with the traditional stick shift in sports cars, GM says 40 percent of new Stingray buyers are opting for the manual transmission.
You certainly can’t say that Chevy isn’t trying to share the love when it comes to the C7. In addition to reaching out to traditional Corvette fans, the carmaker has also been working to turn some new prospects on to the new Stingray. Most recently, Chevy set up camp at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts festival near Palm Springs, CA hoping to add a few of the partygoers to the Corvette fan base. Attendees at the Corvette bash had a chance to experience the thrill of the C7 from the passenger’s seat and it appears to have made quite an impression as you’ll see after the jump.
Far be it for me to start spreading rumors, but this one here is pretty interesting, true or not. After hearing Vice President Joe Biden rave so much about the new Corvette Stingray, it appears he might have recently taken delivery of one.
I knew the interior of the new Corvette Stingray would be impressive when I first heard General Motors Design Chief, Ed Welburn rave over it before the car’s official debut last year; however, I’m not even sure Welburn imagined the C7’s cockpit would get as much praise as it’s getting now.
After weeks of circling the rumor mill, General Motors has made it official: the Corvette Stingray will be offered with an eight-speed automatic transmission for 2015. Designed and built by GM in-house, the automaker says the new transmission will deliver world-class shift times that will rival some of the best dual-clutch systems on the market, all while delivering better fuel efficiency.