Corvette: Year by Year1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964
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2016 Corvette C7:
Eight Speed Automatic, Curb Cameras
Eight Speeds, No Waiting
So how does the Eight Speed Automatic fare? To be honest, your author is an unabashed, proud and die hard manual transmission fanboy. All of the cars I have ever bought, including the three I own now, have manual transmissions. And given the choice, a Corvette purchase would continue that tradition.
That said, the Hydra-Matic Eight Speed RWD Automatic Transaxle offered in the 2016 Corvette is an amazing unit. Shifts, which are about 500 RPM apart, are smooth; unless you are paying attention you barely know they are occurring. Automatic equipped Corvettes are also quicker due to the many technological improvements. They shift faster than even the best manual transmission drivers and in the Corvette world, faster is better. Maybe there is a reason why 63% of the 2014 Corvettes were automatic?
For those who insist on having it both ways, it is pointed out that there is a manual transmission mode via the paddle shifters. That's true, but after using them for a while our reaction was "why bother" and we just left the shifter in automatic mode.
Curb View Cameras
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