When the 2020 Corvette was revealed in Orange County last month, we got confirmation on something we’d long suspected, in that a manual transmission won’t be available.
Sure, there were patent filings that suggested a stick would make the jump to the new mid-engine platform. But given how the third pedal is vanishing from high-performance cars, we didn’t really think it would make it to production. After all, only about 20 percent of current Corvette buyers opted for a stick, so given the performance benefits, there just wasn’t a lot incentive for the engineers to offer the option.
That said, even base models of will be getting 490 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque from the 6.2-liter V8, and if you know anything about Corvettes and power, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Coming performance models like the Z06 and ZR1 are sure to offer outrageous amounts of poke — because it’s clear Chevy left a lot more on the table.
To explain why this Corvette will come with a dual clutch, Chevy put together a video featuring Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter to break down the engineering constraints of the new architecture, how the gearbox works, and the performance advantages.
It’s a cool look at all the wizardry that goes into making a world-class performance car, and we enjoyed it immensely. So if you’re curious about what happens when you pull the paddle to power through a corner, you should give it a watch. We sure learned a thing or two!
The new 2020 Corvette is getting snapped up fast. So if you’re looking to score one of the first examples of this game-changing American sports car, head over to your local AutoNation Chevrolet dealer today and place your order!