As the former owner of a seven-speed manual C7, I know firsthand the intangible thrill of shifting gears for yourself.
Morgan Crosbie was in the same boat with his old C7, but in a new video this Chevrolet salesman and early C8 owner makes a strong case for GM’s decision to dump the manual and install only a dual-clutch transmission in the new mid-engine Corvette instead.
Crosbie explains that manual transmissions industry-wide are a dying thing, with just 1.5 percent of all vehicles leaving the factory that way. Even though the C7 Corvette generation was much higher at 23 percent, it still wasn’t a good business decision for Chevy to design a bespoke manual for the C8.
Furthermore, he explains that having to drill into the center tunnel of the C8 to allow a manual would have lessened the structural integrity of the car. Moving the engine to the rear of the car also made it difficult to run mechanical linkages.
Crosbie also points out the many advantages that the DCT offers over manuals, including the ability to have remote start. The DCT also allows much quicker shifts, resulting in much better performance since time isn’t wasted with the inherently much slower mechanical clutch and gears. A DCT has two clutches beside each other, so it’s much faster shifting from one gear to another. “When that happens,” Crosbie says, “the shift is so immediate that you don’t really even notice it and you can also have all that power being applied at the same time.”
Still, for those who want to shift gears themselves, Crosbie demonstrates two ways to do that, providing a piece of good news for the die-hard manual enthusiasts out there.
All in all, we’re happy to see that even someone like Crosbie, who admits that he was not “a happy camper” upon hearing that the manual transmission would be missing from the C8, has been converted rather quickly by the benefits of the DCT.
So, fellow manual guys, has this video convinced you that GM made the right decision to offer only a DCT transmission?
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