The Chevrolet Camaro is due for a midcycle refresh for the 2019 model year that consists of a restructuring in trim levels, revised front and rear ends, as well as potential changes to the interior as well as the powertrain. One of the potential powertrain changes was believed to be the introduction of a 7-speed manual transmission, but new 2019 Camaro spy shots confirm that the sports car will stick with the 6-speed unit.
Our spy shooter managed to capture the interior of the 2019 Camaro refresh as it was undergoing testing, and the photos clearly show that the tester was equipped with a six-speed manual unit, rather that a 7-speed.
Rumors of the 2019 Camaro gaining a 7-speed transmission were started in January, when documents from the California Air Resource Board (CARB) listed the car with a 7-speed manual transmission. A month later, those documents were revised, and any references to the 7-speed were removed and replaced with a 6-speed.
What took place in relation to the 7-speed gearbox remains a mystery, but here are the three most likely scenarios:
- Chevrolet had plans to introduce a 7-speed manual in the 2019 Camaro, likely the same unit as in the Corvette C7, but something prevented it from doing so.
- Those responsible for putting together the CARB documents made a typographical error by using the number “7” instead of “6”.
- The 7-speed will still show up in the gen six Camaro, but in a different model/powertrain configuration, one that we haven’t yet seen in person
About 2019 Camaro
The 2019 Camaro will represent the fourth model year of the sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro. Outside of re-arranged trim levels, equipment, features and associated pricing structures, the sports car will feature new front and rear facias – as shown by the camouflage on the front and rear ends of prototype models. Other updates are also possible, including changes to the interior and powertrain (in the form of new engines and transmissions), along with the introduction of a Z/28 model.
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