2015 Chevrolet Corvette To Get Eight-Speed Automatic Transmission | Edmunds

2015 Chevrolet Corvette To Get Eight-Speed Automatic Transmission


Just the Facts:
  • The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette will be equipped with a new rear-wheel-drive eight-speed automatic transmission, the automaker confirmed for Edmunds on Monday.
  • "It's going to happen," said Monte Doran, a Chevrolet spokesman, in a phone conversation.
  • Word of the eight-speed automatic transmission was leaked in a publication posting by the International Society of Automotive Engineers.

DETROIT — The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette will be equipped with a new rear-wheel-drive eight-speed automatic transmission, the automaker confirmed for Edmunds on Monday.

"It's going to happen," said Monte Doran, a Chevrolet spokesman, in a phone conversation.

But Doran would not say whether the base Corvette Stingray or the uplevel Corvette Z06 will get the new transmission. The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 will debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.

Word of the eight-speed automatic transmission was leaked in a publication posting by the International Society of Automotive Engineers. The SAE paper was authored by General Motors engineers. The paper is set to be published in April.

The paper said the eight-speed automatic transmission is known internally as the "8L90." "The transmission replaces the venerable 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission," the authors said. "The objectives behind creation of this transmission are improved fuel economy, performance and NVH."

Doran would not say how much the Corvette's fuel economy will improve with the new transmission, how much it will add to the car's price or what the launch timing will be.

The 2014 Corvette Stingray is equipped with a standard seven-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed automatic transmission.

The 2014 Corvette Stingray with the seven-speed manual transmission returns 17 mpg in city driving and 29 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA. The 2014 Corvette Stingray with the six-speed automatic transmission returns 16 mpg in city driving and 28 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.

Edmunds says: One of the biggest automotive leaks of the year is bound to provoke headaches at Chrysler. The 2014 SRT Viper and SRT Viper GTS are equipped with a six-speed manual transmission. Will there be a scramble to catch up with Corvette?

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