If you enjoy performance driving, then you will like the latest news from Chevrolet. The automaker has announced that the 2015 Chevy Corvette Stingray will offer a brand-new eight-speed automatic transmission that will be designed specifically for performance driving.
(The 2014 model recently won the North American Car of the Year!)
Bill Goodrich, an assistant chief engineer for automatic transmissions at General Motors, says, “It was designed to enhance the Stingray’s driving experience, with performance on par with dual-clutch designs, but without sacrificing refinement.”
The new eight-speed automatic is designed to be paired with the Stingray’s 6.2-liter V8 engine. Chevrolet predicts a 5% increase in fuel economy with the new transmission, as it is eight pounds lighter than the six-speed transmission it replaces.
Offering paddle shifters and full manual control over gear changes, the eight-speed automatic should be able to complete wide-open-throttle upshifts up to 8/100ths of a second quicker than the new Porsche 911 Carrera’s gearbox.