2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray – Manual vs. automatic transmission

By Posted 4 Oct 2013, 08:39

With the 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray now available, you now have a huge dilemma on your hands; do you go for the manual or automatic transmission version? Most of you wanting the C7 will not have to worry about this just yet because dealers have a long list of buyers, but not enough vehicles to fulfill them.

The all-new Corvette Stingray has been at dealers since last month and we can already see a pattern emerging, and that is their transmission preference. According to a report on Autoblog, around 38 percent of 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray’s being built are the 7-speed manual gearbox version.

This is said to be the highest percentage for any GM, which tells us a lot. It seems as though buyers feel owning a manual transmission version of the C7 is the better option because it makes them feel more in control, which is so important with vehicles like these.

2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray with manual transmission

2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray with manual transmission

We can see that most C7 owners do not want the hassle of changing gears themselves, and so do not mind losing a fraction in terms of performance. However, it is clear 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray optional extras are proving popular, as the Z51 Performance Package has been chosen on 75 percent of the orders.

Even though the C7 handles very well, this has not stopped 54 percent of buyers asking for the magnetic ride suspension system, which again is an optional extra.

It is all very well seeing these sales broken down, but what we would love to improve is an increase in production, and in turn an increase in deliveries to those who ordered a 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray.

2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray – Manual vs. automatic transmission