One day, it’s very likely the manual gearbox as we know it will go the way of the dodo bird. Take rates for row-your-owns consistently dwindle with each passing model year. However, there is still a select group of customers looking for more involvement.
According to Road & Track, 23 percent of 2016 C7 Corvette buyers said yes to a third pedal, per the National Corvette Museum’s model year breakdown. In total, 9,249 of the 40,689 Corvettes built for 2016 were equipped with the seven-speed manual transmission. Crunching some numbers shows that is down 10 percent over the 2015 Corvette model year.
The 2016 C7 Corvette Z06 was the most popular variant to receive a proper manual but the rarest Corvette you’ll find with row-your-own is a C7 Corvette Z06 convertible. Just 590 were built with three pedals.
You can see a full breakdown of 2016 C7 Corvette production numbers right here.