According to unconfirmed reports the next-gen 2014 C7 Chevrolet Corvette will be offered with a seven-speed manual transmission.
This rumour is the latest in a wave of speculation over the new model. Previous rumours have included turbocharging for the new Corvette, having a mid-engine layout and even an all-wheel drive system. But the C7 Corvette arriving with a 7-speed gearbox is highly feasible.
Having an extra gear could improve fuel efficiency for the iconic sports car and it will also allow Chevy engineers to tighten up the lower gears for improved performance. Porsche are using a 7-speed manual gearbox on the new 2012 911 and expect it to further improve economy and driving dynamics. (more…)