2014 C7 Chevrolet Corvette to receive a seven-speed manual transmission

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 26, 2011

If you thought that the 2012 Porsche 911 (991) is the only sports car with a seven-speed manual transmission it’s time to think again as the next-generation Corvette will offer the same manual transmission. According to an InsideLine report, the 2014 C7 Chevrolet Corvette will be available with a seven-speed manual transmission.

Of course, this fact was not confirmed by General Motors, but by a source with knowledge of the C7 project. The new car will use a revised version of the 16-valve pushrod V8 engine architecture and with the help of the seven-speed manual transmission, the fuel consumption will also be improved.

Still, sources believe that the next-generation Corvette will continue to use two overdrive gears like the current six-speed manual. In this way, the engineers working on the vehicle could tighten up the spacing of the lower gears for improved low-speed performance.

Regarding the engine, the next-generation Corvette will definitely receive the 6.2-liter LSA supercharged V8 engine delivering 550 hp and 550 lb.-ft. of torque (677 Nm). The engine, found on the 2012 Camaro ZL1, is mated to a high-performance Tremec TR-6060 six-speed manual transmission, fitted with a dual-mass flywheel and twin-disc clutch for easy operation and shift smoothness.

One of the signature features of the new design of the Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray is the lighting, which also strengthens the already high-tech visual. The front end for instance has white LED indirect lamps that give it that unique daytime styling cue.

These are then placed in a lamp housing that is in black chrome and comes with the HID projector headlamps as standard. Meanwhile, the turn signals have LED lighting as well but it comes with edge-lit amber. When compared to the generations before it, the details inside this new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray are all new. This includes having a dash-to-axle ratio that is longer, giving it a unique profile. Its greenhouse brings to mind a fighter jet’s canopy, especially one with dual-element taillamps.

Using this as a basis, designers decided to use terminology coming from two sources which are nature and aerospace. Executive director of global design Ken Parkinson admitted that while the exterior of the new Corvette Stingray does indeed have a provocative style, it is elegant and at the same time serves a function.

While many designers dream to develop a new Corvette, he continued, the job itself was not easy. The objective was to have a strong design statement with innovative technology fitted with the overall performance improved everything, said Parkinson.

This means starting with the wind tunnel and all the way to the track. Parkinson added by saying that the result is the Corvette C7 Stingray, a vehicle that continues to have the basic features of a Corvette is in addition to being an excellent vehicle that sets new standards. Meanwhile exterior design director Tom Peters revealed that since the new model was to be named Stingray, it needed to have a determined and extraordinary visual impact, much like the 1963 Stingray.

This image is the same as the namesake animal and even that of fighter jets. According to Peters, its beauty is a result of itspurpose as the design ensured that it can go through water, or even air, both efficiently and quickly. Each transition on the Corvette Stingray’s surface has a purpose that is implemented with proportion and beauty, the same thing observed on living forms or aircraft, he added.

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