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There have long been rumors that the new C7 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray would soon be getting an 8-speed automatic to replace the current 6-speed gearbox, writes TorqueNews.com in this story titled The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray May Soon Get a Dual Clutch Transmission, but a new GM Trademark filing hints that perhaps the new Vette will be getting a dual clutch automatic in the near future – adding one more piece of supercar technology to the most powerful Corvette ever. Here is TorqueNews in its own words.

While there is no information known about the new General Motors 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission, this trademark filing makes it clear that the company has a new high tech transmission in the works. While both Ford Motor Company and the Chrysler Group have gone to dual clutch transmission in smaller economy-minded models, these lightning quick self-shifting gearboxes gained their original popularity in the supercar world. The basic design of the dual clutch automatic transmission allows for less of the drivetrain loss that comes with a traditional fluid driven automatic transmission while also allowing for much, much faster shifts. The result is that many high performance vehicles fitted with a dual clutch automatic are actually faster than the same car equipped with a proper manual transmission.

The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is the most powerful “base” Corvette of all time while also being the best performing non-special edition Vette ever to grace showrooms but there is still a performance drop when you opt for the 6-speed automatic transmission over the new 7-speed manual gearbox. The introduction of a 7-speed dual clutch automatic would greatly increase the performance capabilities of the self-shifting C7 Stingray while also making them more efficient.

There is also the possibility that this new GM 7-speed dual clutch transmission is intended for one of the higher performance C7 Corvette models such as the Z06, Z07, ZR1 or whatever the new super-Vette might be called when it arrives. General Motors has traditionally offered only a proper manual transmission behind their highest performance Corvette engines like the LS7 of the C6 Z06 and the supercharged LS9 of the C6 ZR1. Dual clutch technology has proven itself in some of the world’s highest performance sports cars including the likes of the BMW M Series as well as various Ferrari and Lamborghini models. The use of dual clutch transmissions in these globally respected supercars – often without any full manual transmission offered on the same car – has shown that these transmissions are automatics worthy of the high performance world so perhaps GM will take a page out of the books of BMW, Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche by offering their highest performance models with the self shifting dual clutch automatic.

The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray has already asserted itself as an affordable performance car that can hang with some of the best (and most expensive) sports cars in the world. Introduction of efficient dual clutch technology to the C7 Corvette – whether it is for the base engine powered by the new LT1 V8 or it is reserved for a higher performance model like the future Corvette Z07 – will allow the Corvette to more comfortably stand toe to toe with some of the world’s greatest performance cars.

Of course, if history has taught us anything, it is that the high performance features of the Chevrolet Corvette are eventually used on a high performance Cadillac model so we could also be seeing this 7-speed dual clutch offered in future V Series models like the CTS-V or the ATS-V in addition to whatever Corvette application comes to fruition.
 

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Ok, so, Whoever "TorqueNews" is reads a 9+ page long thread on corvetteforum.com then comes over to stingrayforums.com and posts a "News" article about what he/she read....... Isn't this just a bit ass backards? Typically news outlets report stories that the forums then take and discuss, not the other way around......
 
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Corvette has not gone the route of double overhead cam motors because it did not make sense for our car. I realize that dual clutch transmissions are not only the rage, but have practical uses (beyond bragging rights). It will be interesting to see if the rumored new GM rear wheel drive 8-speed auto trans, rated to 733 TQ, becomes available for the Z06 or all 2015 StingRays, and if it does, whether it will be a traditional auto trans -- but with shift times reduced from the already quick ones in 2014 Stingray, or whether it would be a dual clutch tranny.
 

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I tend to side with the naysayers that GM won't produce a DCT, at least not in the immediate future. I agree with the arguments that the engineering and costs involved to produce a 1 model specific trans won't happen within the GM way of doing things. I could most certainly be wrong and would love a DCT option but I just don't see it in the cards for 2015 or 2016 on any flavor C7.
 
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