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Old 01-23-2013, 01:04 PM   #1
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Interview w/ Corvette Chief Engineer explains why 6 speed auto (and not 8) chosen

Some interesting bits:

He explains why the choice to go with a 6 speed automatic transmission (and not 8 speed) - see 10:30 into video. Basically reason is that the 6 speed is good for high torque engine like the LT1, while fitting an 8 speed just adds weight and mass.

Also says that they haven't shared everything about the car yet (woohoo!).


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Old 01-23-2013, 01:14 PM   #2
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I'll take my 7 speed though.

He was extremely smooth with his wording. I just sat there and:sad:
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Old 01-23-2013, 01:41 PM   #3
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Launch Control in the automatic transmission
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Old 01-23-2013, 01:44 PM   #4
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Pretty sure an 8 speed will work its way into the Corvette eventually.
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Old 01-23-2013, 01:57 PM   #5
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Pretty sure an 8 speed will work its way into the Corvette eventually.
I don't know why you would need so many gears on a vehicle with this wide of a torque curve.

I can understand an 8-speed on a high revving European engine because you have to keep the engine inside a certain small band of rpms to have any useable torque. But on a big displacement American V8?

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Trucks are all slated to get it in the near future with the new V8s. I'm just assuming Corvette will eventually.
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I'm betting the trucks are getting them more for fuel economy. When hauling something, you can have a pretty big impact on gas usage if you have another gear between 4th and 5th or 5th and 6th...
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I'm betting the trucks are getting them more for fuel economy. When hauling something, you can have a pretty big impact on gas usage if you have another gear between 4th and 5th or 5th and 6th...
This is what I thought as well. Economy not performance
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...but since the only thing a Corvette is hauling is ass...
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If AFM can be manually toggled-off at a beckon call, I'd be rejoicing.
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If AFM can be manually toggled-off at a beckon call, I'd be rejoicing.
That would be glorious
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Old 01-23-2013, 03:04 PM   #13
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If AFM can be manually toggled-off at a beckon call, I'd be rejoicing.
Me too, but that's highly unlikely.
It will likely only be defeat-able with a tune, much like Camaro's AFM.
AFM is not an enthusiast-friendly option IMHO.
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