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TOTD: 2015 Corvette: Seven-Speed Manual or Eight-Speed Auto?

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 8/20/2014 Jason Udy
2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe

With its extensive 2014 redesign, the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray gained an all-new 6.2-liter LT1 V-8 and seven-speed manual transmission, though an outdated six-speed automatic carried over. That changes for model-year 2015. Developed for the upcoming 650-hp Corvette Stingray, a new eight-speed automatic replaces the six-speed auto in all 2015 Corvette models and we want to know if you would choose the seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic.

While General Motors hasn’t revealed performance estimates for the new Z06, the automaker has released acceleration estimates for the 2015 Corvette Stingray with the eight-speed automatic. And they’re quicker than the last 2014 Corvette Stingray Z51 with seven-speed manual we tested. In our testing, the 2014 Corvette Stingray Z51 reached 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and finished the quarter-mile in 12.2 seconds at 117.3 mph. Chevrolet estimates the Corvette Stingray with the eight-speed automatic will reach 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and run the quarter-mile in 11.9 seconds.

Although the automatic-equipped 2015 Corvette Stingray promises to be faster than models equipped with the seven-speed manual, some drivers prefer to row their own gears. Would you choose a 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic? Share your thoughts on today’s Thread of the Day below.


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