Manual Transmission Still Popular with Corvette Buyers

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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, according to an Edmunds report.

Clearly, there’s still a large number of Corvette buyers who prefer the old-school method of rowing their own.

GM also told Edmunds that 55 percent of new ‘Vette buyers are ordering the car with the $4,000 Z51 performance package.

It will be interesting to see if these numbers are impacted by the Corvette’s optional eight-speed automatic transmission slated for the 2015 model year.

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