The Corvette Stingray Likely Won’t Get an Eight-Speed Auto Until 2016
Recently, rumors popped up suggesting that the 2015 Corvette Stingray will come with a series of changes, including the availability of a new, eight-speed automatic transmission. According to Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter, you shouldn’t hold your breath though, as the company has "a lot on our plate to get done." This means that we’ll likely not see it until 2016.
Adding a new transmission means recalibrating and validating pretty much everything on the car, including horsepower, torque, traction control, launch control and performance traction management. The car will also need to pass GM’s battery of extreme temperature tests, and all these processes require lots of time and work.
On top of all of those changes and tests, there is also the fact that the Corvette is a low-volume car for GM, and developing a new eight-speed automatic gearbox doesn’t make business sense until it sees use in other models.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Corvette Stingray.
Chevrolet unveiled the seventh-generation Corvette at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. This reveal also marked the return of the Stingray, following a long absence.
The new Corvette Stingray is powered by an all-new, direct-injected, 6.2-liter, V-8 engine dubbed the LT1 that produces up to 460 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 465 pound-feet of torque at 4,600 rpm. The engine is mated to an all-new, seven-speed manual transmission. The Stingray sprints to 60 mph in under four seconds and up to an anticipated top speed of 180 to 190 mph.
Prices for the 2014 Stingray start at $51,995.