Mid-Engine Chevy Corvette Rumored to Only Offer Seven-Speed DCT

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Those hoping the mid-engine Chevy C8 Corvette will be offered with a manual transmission might be disappointed.

Although little is really known about the mid-engine Chevy C8 Corvette, Car and Driver reports that it will likely use dual-clutch transmission supplied by Tremec sporting seven gears. It is believed that the prototype Corvette that has been caught on camera by spy photographers is testing the drivability and durability of the Tremec transaxles.

According to Tremec engineering documents, the dual-clutch transmission has a maximum input speed of 9,000 rpm and a 664 pound-feet of torque capacity, both of which should accommodate the needs of the mid-engine Corvette. The company describes the twin engagement devices as “virtually dry wet clutches.”

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Many modern sports cars are turning towards dual-clutch transmissions for faster shifts and acceleration. The bad news is, due to the cost and complexity of engineering a vehicle for two different transmissions, it’s a possibility the mid-engine Corvette won’t be offered with a manual.

Hopefully we will get more details on the C8 Corvette in the near future, as it is expected to arrive on the market as a 2019 model year.

[Source: Car and Driver]

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  • smartacus

    it would be too hard to make a shifter linkage that reaches all the way to behind the rear axle

  • V8Supercar1

    Good im glad it might only offer dct. That way, only the quickest version of the car is on the street. But in between now and then, im sure they are gonna beef it up to handle more than 664 ft. lbs. of torque because it will probably need it.

  • Harry_Wild

    Nobody drives a manual in a supercar theses days. That pretty much reserve for the primitive buyers of muscle car with the ugly interiors, loud low growling engines doing burnouts and do drag racing on city side streets.

  • Jonny_Vancouver

    Good article, Interesting. Thank you /thumbs up