Stick-shiftable cars are disappearing from even the most enthusiast-driven of vehicles as interest in rowing gears wanes.
It used to be true that driving a manual could offer improved fuel economy over an automatic transmission. Not so anymore. Significantly more sophisticated self-shifters usually break that barrier down, but it isn’t true in Chevrolet’s seventh-generation Corvette. Buyers may choose between a seven-speed manual transmission with rev-matched downshifts or a six-speed automatic.
Official EPA estimates for the slushbox are now available and suggest the car should return 16 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. That’s an improvement over the outgoing generation’s 15/25 mpg rating.
But the manual squeezes out a slightly better 17/29 mpg… for now. Before the current Corvette was unveiled,reports speculated that the car would come with an eight-speed automatic. General Motors has confirmed that it is working on an eight-speed gearbox and that it will be built in Toledo, Ohio.
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