2013 Corvette 8-speed auto gearbox not ready yet - report

2014 Chevrolet Corvette spy photo 18.9.2012 / Automedia
2014 Chevrolet Corvette spy photo 18.9.2012 / Automedia

A short-term agreement with Aisin for an 8-speed auto

The 2013 Chevrolet Corvette (C7) might be sold at first with an Aisin eight-speed automatic transmission.

The reason for this is because GM’s own 8-speed auto unit will not be ready upon launch, following its debut in January at the Detroit Auto Show. GM wants this to be a short-term agreement with the Japanese transmission supplier until they can fix all the bugs from their in-house developed gearbox.

This eight-speed automatic transmission is compatible with all types of traction, which means that it will probably be installed in models like the Cadillac ATS, XTS and next-generation CTS. In addition, the new Chevrolet Impala and the Buick LaCrosse could also be offered with this type of automatic gearbox.

Source: MotorTrend

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eddie eddie
It is good the Japanese are catching up GM in the transmission department. GM had also tried to work out some engine tech with BMW but to no avail.
Nov 15th, 2012 9:54pm
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dima23 dima23
in my opinion if GM is to take the next step in sport car development they cannot ignore building a gearbox such as vw's DSG or porsche's PDK. if ferrari are following suit then i think there is merit in spending the money to develop what is probably the best gearbox in the business. being a holden fan i am also biased as whatever goes into the corvette also trickles down into the commodore.
Nov 15th, 2012 1:51am
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JonathanIppoli1 JonathanIppoli1
Hey they will also trickle down to the new Chevy SS sedan that is coming out next year .
Nov 15th, 2012 1:51pm
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JonathanIppoli1 JonathanIppoli1
Hey they will also trickle down to the new Chevy SS sedan that is coming out next year .
Nov 15th, 2012 1:51pm
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jimcbride jimcbride
This is great news. It is long past time to step up the transmission technology on the ‘Vette. MOST modern sports cars come with an automated transmission. Some are not even available with a manual; nor are they available with carburetors, 8-tracks, or steel wheels either, and for good reason. Some owners may not like an ECU controlling their engine, but most car enthusiasts find it truly is superior to mechanical fueling and timing. Similarly, a computer controlled transmission makes the next logical evolutionary step in auto development, particularly for the auto enthusiast.
Nov 14th, 2012 11:26pm
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benz_man benz_man
The true driving enthusiast, not just auto enthusiast, will ALWAYS choose manual selection of gears over automatic. You simply have more control over the car, PERIOD. The (reliable) automation of manual transmissions and the huge efficiency gains made in planetary control and tq converter technology have moved the automatic and manual onto an extremely similar plain, but there will always be a place for manual clutching in driving. That type of vehicle control isnt something that can be "improved" or "updated".
Nov 14th, 2012 11:53pm
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jimcbride jimcbride
I'm old enough to remember when electronic fuel injection first came out. A lot of true driving enthusiasts thought that carburetors simply could not be "improved" or "updated".
Nov 16th, 2012 10:22pm
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benz_man benz_man
I see my point was completely missed, so Ill be clearer this time. You can maneuver in certain ways in a manually clutched car that you will never be able to without a clutch...this cant be compared to fuel injection and carburetors. Apples to oranges here. And, I dont know how "true" these enthusiasts you knew were, but it seems they needed less enthusiasm and more educationasm...
Nov 17th, 2012 2:13pm
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dmanero dmanero
No big surprise, this is just so typical.
Nov 14th, 2012 9:31pm
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and your comment is no big suprise either, just so typical of your crappy attitude. whether it be posting about a car or attacking someone elses comment. very typical of a person like you.
Nov 15th, 2012 9:13pm
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NYyanks NYyanks
I believe the Corvette should be available with a Manual Transmission only. Automatic transmission for such a sports car is unacceptable in terms of ultimate driving experience and raw performance of the car. I know there is a large market for automatic transmissions here in the United States because of laziness and convenience but come on, enough is enough, if you want a sports car don't buy it with an automatic just to say you have a sports car and boast about it, buy it with a manual and put your personal skill into the car so you can get the full experience.
Nov 14th, 2012 5:48pm
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Mark633CSi Mark633CSi
Have you driven a new BMW with the 8 speed? It shifts faster than you can with a manual. There definitely a large section of the driving public that can't be bothered with changing their own gears, but automatic transmission technology has vastly imporved over the last few years. I'm not a GM fan by any means, but GM makes some of the best automatics in the business. Half the BMW's on the road use them and if people would maintain them properly, they would almost be as trouble free as their manual counterpart.
Nov 14th, 2012 6:01pm
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NYyanks NYyanks
I know about the benefits of how fast and smooth the 8-speed auto's are, but in my opinion manual transmission gives you the full experience of fun and spirited driving. To be honest GM automatic transmissions aren't that reliable such as back in the day when the E36 Automatic transmissions were built by GM themselves and have been known for slipping and unreliability issues. Like I said, it's just for sheer convenience and in many cases laziness unfortunately. But in terms as a full blown sports car, the manual transmission should be the most appropriate to only have available.
Nov 14th, 2012 6:11pm
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autoficianado autoficianado
Aisin 8 speed at Launch which is reliable and this is not back in the Day GM tech but a brand new 8 speed transmission.
Nov 14th, 2012 7:14pm
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jimcbride jimcbride
You must not be aware that MOST modern sports cars come with an automated transmission. Some are not even available with a manual; nor are they available with carburetors, 8-tracks, or steel wheels either, and for good reason. You may not like an ECU controlling your engine, but most car enthusiasts find it is truly superior to manual fueling and timing.
Nov 14th, 2012 6:14pm
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Although modern multi-speed boxes are faster than a manual, they still lag the ability to downshift when cornering. Sure, they are programmed to do it automatically but till day I've never driven one that can do it as efficiently as my mind and hand can do it to cut in the corner with the highest speed the car can handle.
Nov 15th, 2012 7:28am
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that is going to be a good looking car,
Nov 14th, 2012 5:34pm
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dmanero dmanero
Please, Look at the ZR1 and then there you have it. maybe diffrent headlights, but the body stays the same, same old predictable corvette.
Nov 14th, 2012 9:30pm
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DBaskov DBaskov
That doesn't make him wrong. Just because the car will carry most of its' design from previous model design doesn't mean that people who buy the car are going to be tired of it. Plus we have yet to know how exactly the new Corvette will look like, but keeping the same body design is to be expected just like with any other popular sports car that comes out every year. Just like M3, RS5, Viper, GTR, 911(obviously), R8, Nissan Z, Gallardo, etc.
Nov 14th, 2012 11:35pm
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Joao Oliveira Joao Oliveira
Should your Girlfriend Love you less, if you change too much in 5 or 6 years? Some things just have their identity, and should stay more less like that. The market is full of cars.
Nov 15th, 2012 2:29am
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