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Christmas has come a year early - and by "Christmas" we mean availability of the eight-speed automatic transmission in the 2015 Corvette Stingray; it was was suspected that the General Motors 8L90 gearbox first announced for the Corvette Z06 might not make it into the standard C7 until 2016. The eight-speed automatic with a torque converter has been retuned for the lighter torque load of the C7, but it's built on the same bones as the equipment that goes in the Z06.

GM says the expanded gearset and reduced friction internals make for a five-percent improvement in efficiency, but EPA mileage numbers aren't ready yet. The company also says that upshifts at wide-open throttle "are executed up to eight-hundredths of a second quicker than those of the dual-clutch transmission offered in the Porsche 911," and you'll be able to control those yourself with the wheel-mounted paddles.

That might take some of the bite out of this year's price increase, in case it wasn't enough for the Corvette to be a superhero sports car that still can conquer Ye Olde World offerings, can be had with a manual and at a comparatively excellent price. You'll find a few more details on the new development in the press release below.Continue reading Chevy Corvette Stingray gets 8-speed auto for 2015
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