The manual changes are not going through its best moment, something that is already well-known, however some manufacturers continue to make efforts to offer their best sports with the possibility of a manual transmission in pursuit of a greater purity in driving. That is the case for example of the Chevrolet Corvette, one of the little cars that offers a manual change of 7 relationships, but whose sales numbers are far short of what is expected of us by making us think of the worst.
Models such as the Porsche 911 R or the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S, are a clear sign that the end of the manual change is very near
The manual changes are destined to disappear, something inevitable in the most athletic models given the high degree of quality, performance and efficiency achieved by the automatic changes to modern, whether torque converter or dual-clutch. But if we focus on the case of the Chevrolet Corvette, it is still more difficult to justify the offer of a manual change to markets such as the US where sales of this type of transmissions tend to be testimonials.
To get an idea of what is going on with the Chevrolet Corvette, it is only necessary to take a look at the sales figures of the Corvette MY16. Of 40.689 Corvette sold, only 9.249 use of the manual transmission 7 relations developed specifically for this model. These numbers assume that more than 75% of the customers of the Corvette prefer the automatic change of 8 relations.
But why should we worry about it? The clients who opted for the automatic change defend your choice with 3 arguments indisputable: best performance figures, fuel consumption is virtually identical to and a greater comfort of use. This situation is being analysed by the responsible of the next generation of the Chevrolet Corvette, a model that in addition to come to the market with a new and better automatic transmission. Specifically, the new automatic would be the transmission developed with Ford, with 10 relations, more rapid in its operation and which is being used in the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.