I recently traded in my LT1 2015 with 8 speed auto for a 2016 with 7 speed manual. I've always been a manual transmission guy with my sports cars and auto for the family sedans. I bought the automatic believing the paddle shift would simulate the manual experience. After almost two years of driving, I can say that the automatic doesn't deliver the classic sports car "feel." The downshifting is where I mostly notice the difference. The manual transmission Vette is a very different experience. I now feel that I'm really driving the manual Vette, not just putting the car in Drive and aiming it. I do mostly around town driving, so rarely get the car out of fourth gear, so constant shifting is not a hassle. The transmission shifts smoothly once I got used to the stiff clutch and found the correct shift points. So, if you're shopping for a Vette, my advice is to try both transmissions before you buy.
I truly enjoyed owning the Panamera. It performed like a race car and was plush as a private jet! When I decided to trade for the Stingray I wondered if I would have remorse. After eight months I have no regrets. The car hasn't been perfect, touch screen was replaced within the first week and recently the bushings had to be replaced, which took about two weeks to resolve. Those issues aside, it's a wonderful car. Great exhaust sound, handles like its glued to the road and very comfortable interior. The exterior design is awesome!
Just went over 1000 miles with the new vette. Incredible performance. Engine sound management is first rate. Interior finally lives up to corvette standards. A option I would recommend for the next generation vette would be a blind spot sensor capability. A sports car bargain! Get one!!!
Many owners of 2016 Chevrolet Corvettes (some 2015's) are reporting on various internet sites IE: Corvette Forum. Stingray Forum, that their new Corvettes, primarily base models with automatic transmissions produce a 'WARBLE' type noise at exactly 1500 RPM under light throttle load , as when going up a slight grade. I am one of said owners. Go to these internet sites and look up 'WARBLE' and even view the video / audio of the issue / complaint. Currently I understand that owners are invoking the lemon law process; GM 'supposedly' has taken back vehicle (s). Basically there is no proven correction at this time. 10/21/2016. I too have contacted GM andlike many, I was given a "case number" (sic).
Now ten months and 8,000 miles into a Z51 in Long Beach Red: Still a tremendous value and top-shelf sports car, a view from someone who has raced cars on the amateur level. It's not so much that acceleration, handling, braking, and feel are superb; it's that you feel attached to the car. A cyborg thing. The styling may be a bit over the top, compared, say, to a Porsche Cayman, but it remains a beautiful car. The interior is very comfortable. Apple CarPlay works OK at best; (1) Apple Maps lacks an intuitive screen, works slowly so that you sometimes miss a turn, and Maps itself has poor directions and out-of-date Tom Tom data (no
Google Maps available); (2) the display won't always show the music playing; (3) not all the Apple playlists will scroll into view; and so on. Chevrolet blames it all on Apple, with no Chevy update available. Could be true. You can pack quite a lot under the hatch -- at least four suitcases. The electronics have become second nature. In addition to CarPlay, the other problem remains the shifter. Especially between gears 4 and 7, in quick upshifts or downshifts at speed, you can miss the gear or can't find the gear. I've never had this happen with any other car. Professional reviewers have complained about going 4 to 7, when they meant to go 4 to 5. That happens and more. Sadly, it's not a problem that Chevy can retro-fix, so far as I can see.