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Chevrolet is unveiling its highly anticipated C7 Corvette at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, but the new eight-speed automatic transmission that General Motors will introduce in this car reportedly won't be ready for at least another year. No, this doesn't mean that the C7 will only come with a manual transmission at launch. According to Motor Trend, what it does mean, though, is that the Corvette will rely on an eight-speed auto sourced from Aisin until GM's in-house transmission is ready.

The report says GM wanted to make sure it has all of the bugs worked out of its in-house-developed transmission before it launches, so it's doing a short-term agreement with the Japanese transmission supplier. Since GM is developing its own eight-speed for use in transverse (front-wheel drive) and longitudinal (all- and rear-wheel drive) applications, the Corvette will share its transmission with cars like the Cadillac XTS, ATS and the next-gen CTS, while the Buick LaCrosse and new Impala will be likely candidates for the transverse version of this gearbox. Currently, the only transmission listed on the Impala's spec sheet is the six-speed auto.


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      GuyClinch
      • 2 Years Ago
      They should use a ZF tranny instead..IMHO. Its funny because when these kind of threads come out - everyone complains how Corvette shouldn't even come with autos. Truth is those pushrod engines are fantastic with automatics..So much torque it can pull in most any gear... Don't get me wrong the manual is better - but i'd be surprised if even 30% of Corvette's are manual.
      RodRAEG
      • 2 Years Ago
      With the kind of powerband that the Corvette is likely to have, why does it need 8-speeds? Sweet jesus...
      brgtlm
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm hoping the base Corvette will have an aggressive starting price - to bring back the "reachable magic" to the car. The Camaro seems to be getting quite good as GM fixes all the criticisms leveled at it when it debuted.
        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @brgtlm
        The Camaro is still an overweight pig. With the ZL-1, it is stepping on the Corvette's toes. They don't really need to make it less expensive as it is a bargain as is. I'd love to see them finally put an interior fitting of its caliber, some REAL seats, and a steering wheel that didn't come out of the Cobalt. To summarize, the Corvette is still the best vehicle that GM offers.
      EB110Americana
      • 2 Years Ago
      "...the Corvette will share its transmission with cars like the Cadillac XTS, ATS and the next-gen CTS, while the Buick LaCrosse and new Impala will be likely candidates for the transverse version of this gearbox." The XTS shares its platform with the Impala and LaCrosse as well as the AWD of the latter. Certainly it would require the transverse version of any gearbox.
        Jason
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EB110Americana
        again, bad reporting. I think MT are alluding to the news about GM and Ford working on both FWD and RWD 8/9-speed transmissions. The above comment was made assuming that both the FWD and RWD were 'versions' of a common design. I don't know how that conclusion can be made from what has been reported. Poor reporting, as usual.
      Ed Harris
      • 2 Years Ago
      would that be the same box in the is-f?
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      Makes sense. I really think 6 is enough gears, though.
      Hajime1990 #follow
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why dont they just make a lexus LFA that looks like a Vette??
      Jason
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's all just speculation, taking some 'known' facts and connecting the dots. Just wait until the thing is launched or other details are confirmed. I would guess GM would continue to use in-house 6-speeds for the rear-mounted transaxle before I would guess they would launch a similar short-time solution with an Aisin box in the same configuration. I suspect this was just MT imaginations running free.
      Matt Mossberg
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love corvettes but its a shame that we will not be getting a dual clutch option for the c7. Most cars I can think of in corvettes competition (performance not price) have dual clutch. I know porsche and bmw have had DC for a while but if they only charge 4-5k for it, I know Chevy could do it for that or less and people would pay.
      thedriveatfive
      • 2 Years Ago
      I bet the auto will be just as quick as the manual in 1/4 mile...
      VDuB
      • 2 Years Ago
      Union work at its finest. Dragging their feet for the past 6 years. But.... you can't fire them!
        Drakkon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @VDuB
        I'm going out on a limb and saying the speed of the assembly line is not the limiting factor on this one. I'm going to toss the blame to the engineers and vendors. You CAN fire them and they are still headed down this path. Nice try though, but I think your bashing looks gratuitous this time.
          Jerry
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Drakkon
          VDuB, there is not a single engineer at GM who is UAW. I would venture to say the same goes at Ford and Chrysler. Ask some questions before regurgitated Fox News tag lines...
        Jason
        • 2 Years Ago
        @VDuB
        You may recall a minor event in the US economy, when GM was forced to file for bankruptcy. You might also be able to deduce that when a company goes bankrupt, they may have to revise their spending plans for the foreseeable future. You may extend this line of thinking to conclude that it is possible that transmission development might be prioritized behind new vehicle and engine developments. If you then know that the average planning cycle for any high-volume world-class car company means it takes 4 or even 5 full years to develop new programs and install manufacturing capital, you would easily understand why GM might not have new transmissions ready. I would go so far as to say a reasonable person would allow for this as excusable and prudent in the big picture.
      lrx301
      • 2 Years Ago
      This again proves how incompetent the GM engineering is.
        Dave
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lrx301
        Actually, it is just as likely that GM has learned to stop releasing half-baked products to the public.
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