A new, fast-shifting eight-speed automatic is on its way.
Compared to its immediate predecessor, the C7 Corvette Stingray has proven itself to be a phenomenal improvement. Pick a category and it’s astonishing to see just how far America’s sports car has advanced from one generation to the next. Many even like to say that it’s as if Chevrolet simply skipped over a generation entirely – that’s how far the improvements go. And since it first hit the showroom a year ago, Chevrolet has been busy working on ways to improve it even further.
Perhaps one of the (few) gripes people have had is with the six-speed automatic. Yes, the seven-speed manual is the way to go for enthusiasts, but an automatic is still appealing for many. And compared to those dual-clutch gearboxes, that old six-speed was just, well, not the best. Fortunately that’ll change this September, as we now know for certain that the eight-speed automatic will debut one year earlier than planned. Remember though, the new eight-speed is not a dual-clutch; it’s the same unit found in the new Z06, although reset to match the Stingray’s LT1 6.2-liter V8. Chevy also promises that shift times will be even faster than what the Porsche 911’s PDK has to offer.