2015 Corvette Stingray gets the 8-speed transmission, returns 29 mpg on the highway

Article by Christian A., on August 20, 2014

The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray will arrive with a new paddle-shift eight-speed automatic transmission and as expected it will be more fuel-efficient and faster. According to the manufacturer, the 2015 Corvette Stingray will accelerate from naught to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.7 seconds (0.1 seconds faster than the 2014MY) and runs the quarter mile in 11.9 seconds (0.1 seconds faster).

Moreover, the new models using the eight-speed automatic transmission are EPA-rated at 16 mpg in the city, 20 mpg combined and 29 mpg on the highway. GM says that its 2015 Corvette Stingray is actually more fuel efficient on the highway than most of its competitors such as the Porsche 911 Carrera (28 mpg), Audi R8 V8 (20 mpg), Jaguar F-Type R (23 mpg) or the Nissan GT-R (23 mpg).

For those who don’t know, the 2015 Corvette Stingray is powered by a 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine that is rated at 455 hp or 460 hp with the optional performance exhaust system.

Still, if you prefer a manual transmission, GM will offer the 2015 Corvette Stingray with the 7-speed manual gearbox which offers a fuel economy of 29 mpg on the highway and helps the vehicle accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.8 seconds.

Ken Parkinson, executive director of global design, quipped that while the exterior of the new Corvette Stingray is provocatively and elegantly styled, it is also functional. He noted that while developing a new Corvette is every designer's dream, it isn’t an easy task. Parkinson remarked they aim to create a bold design statement that embraces the Corvette Stingray’s advanced technology while boosting its overall performance. This resulted to the new groundbreaking Corvette C7 Stingray that stays faithful to the basic elements that make a Corvette a Corvette, Parkinson said.

The new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray sports no single detail from previous generations, but it still managed to don a characteristic profile defined by a long dash-to-axle ratio, the greenhouse similar to the canopy of a fighter jet, as well as dual-element rear lamps. Essentially, designers derived the overall design of the seventh-generation Corvette Stingray from two different sources: aerospace and nature.

Tom Peters, exterior design director, remarked that the new Corvette could only be called a Stingray if it is able to deliver an incredible, purposeful visual impact, which is evident in fighter jets and stingrays. He noted that the beauty of fighter jets and stingrays is derived from a purpose, which is to cut through air or water quickly and efficiently. Peters added that just like on aircraft and animals, all transitions on the surfaces of the Corvette Stingray have a purpose, as executed with beauty and proportion.

One of the signature elements of the design of the new Corvette C7 Stingray is lighting, as it helps emphasize its high-tech beauty. Up front, the new Corvette Stingray makes use of standard HID projector headlamps as well as indirect white LED lighting units – all contained in black chrome housing. The turn signals, meanwhile, employ edge-lit amber LED lighting.

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8-Speed Automatic Makes Corvette Faster, More Efficient

The all-new, paddle-shift eight-speed automatic transmission makes the 2015 Corvette Stingray faster and more fuel efficient, with 0-60 acceleration of only 3.7 seconds and an EPA-estimated 29 mpg on the highway.

The Stingray’s 0-60 performance is 0.1-second quicker than the previous six-speed automatic, contributing to a quicker quarter-mile elapsed time of 11.9 seconds – a 0.1-second improvement over the six-speed auto.

Its 29-mpg highway rating represents a 3.5-percent increase over the six-speed. New eight-speed models are EPA-rated at 16 mpg in the city and 20 mpg combined.

In fact, the Stingray’s stingy fuel consumption on the highway is not only better than sports car competitors such as Porsche 911 Carrera (28 mpg), Audi R8 V-8 (20 mpg), Jaguar F-Type R (23 mpg) or Nissan GT-R (23 mpg), it tops conventional cars with smaller engines, like the Subaru Outback six-cylinder (27 mpg), Volkswagen Passat six-cylinder (28 mpg) and Mercedes-Benz C350 coupe (28 mpg).

The greater performance and efficiency enabled by the available, GM-developed Hydra-Matic 8L90 eight-speed automatic is due primarily to its 7.0 overall gear ratio spread, which enhances off-the-line performance with a more aggressive first gear ratio – 4.56 vs. 4.03 on the six-speed – helping achieve the quicker 0-60 time. It also delivers world-class shift times that rival the best dual-clutch design.

Combined with a new, numerically lower 2.41 rear axle ratio vs. the 2.56 gear used with previous six-speed automatic models, engine rpm is reduced by 8 percent (123 rpm) on the highway at 70 mph. The lower engine speed reduces fuel consumption. Z51-equipped models retain a 2.73 rear axle ratio.

The new paddle-shift eight-speed automatic complements the performance generated by the Corvette Stingray’s LT1 engine – rated at 455 horsepower or 460 horses with the available performance exhaust system – which uses advanced technologies including direct injection, variable valve timing and Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) to make more power with less fuel.

Advanced composite materials in the body structure and a lightweight aluminum frame, as well as aluminum and magnesium suspension components, support the Corvette’s efficiency with a low curb weight of only 3,298 pounds /1,499 kg (Stingray coupe). They also enhance performance by giving the Stingray an excellent power-to-weight ratio of 7.25 – or one horsepower for every 7.25 pounds of mass. That’s better than Porsche 911 Carrera’s 8.7 ratio and Audi R8 V-8’s 8.3 ratio.

For those who prefer a traditional manual-shifting driving experience, the 2015 Corvette Stingray is available with a seven-speed manual that delivers 0-60 times of 3.8 seconds and EPA-estimated 29 mpg on the highway.

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