According to the fine folks at InsideLine, the next-generation Chevy Corvette will have a seven-speed manual transmission.
What’s more, InsideLine expects the C7 to see an update to its 16-valve pushrod V8 engine architecture with modern technologies such as direct injection and a variable valve lift system. Both improvements are seen as ways to improve performance as well as efficiency.
The GM Authority Take
Seven gears… that’s a seven whopping gears for those who opt for the row-it-yourself option. However, if it means a tighter spacing of the lower gears for improved acceleration at the lower end of the spectrum, then we’re all for it, even if the final two gears are used for overdrive purposes (as are the two final drive gears in today’s six-speed transmission).
Coincidentally, Porsche has announced that it will offer a seven-speed manual gearbox as well as a seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission on its 2012 911. We’d love to see a seven-speed DSG that will most likely be able to shift faster than the manual.
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