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As a new 2019 Corvette owner, when in the Manual transmission mode, why doesn't the shifting "instantly pop" between gears like the C8 and many other expensive sports cars?
 

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Welcome to our forum. What mode do you have your C7 set to? Try Sport or Track if you want sharper shifts. Also, the C8 is a totally different type of transmission.
 

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As a new 2019 Corvette owner, when in the Manual transmission mode, why doesn't the shifting "instantly pop" between gears like the C8 and many other expensive sports cars?
The C8 has a DCT. The C7 is an automatic with a torque converter.
 

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In a dual clutch transmission (DCT) there are two clutches: one for gears 1, 3, 5, 7 and one for 2, 4, 6, 8. When it shifts, one clutch opens and the other one immediately grabs the next gear. In a traditional transmission, to shift the single clutch has to open and the gears move into place for the shift change. It takes longer.

This is why a manual transmission cannot beat a DCT in acceleration.
 
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