Chevrolet Details 8-Speed Auto for 2015 Corvette Stingray

After lots of rumours, Chevrolet has officially launched the long-awaited eight-speed automatic transmission for the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. Set to be available for the 2015 Stingray, the new transmission replaces the current 6-speed auto offered alongside a 7-speed manual.

The new transmission will be 5 per cent more efficient than the current unit and importantly, weigh 4 kg less. The weight savings have been achieved thanks to the use of magnesium along with lightweight aluminium.

While the new 8-speed ‘box, is a single clutch, Chevrolet claims that it actually provides faster upshifts than the PDK transmission from a Porsche 911. It is possible that the 8-speed auto equipped Corvette Stingray is the new ‘variant’ Chevrolet confirmed it will launch at the upcoming New York Auto Show 2014.

Chevrolet Details 8-Speed Auto for 2015 Corvette Stingray

While discussing the new transmission, Chevrolet’s assistant chief engineering for 8 speed automatic tranmissions said, “Corvette Stingray’s new eight-speed automatic delivers the comfort and drivability of a true automatic transmission, as well as lightning-fast shifts and the manual control that enhance the performance-driving experience.

It was designed to enhance the Stingray’s driving experience, with performance on par with dual-clutch designs, but without sacrificing refinement.”

Official pricing details for the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray equipped with the new gearbox haven’t been revealed.

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