We know General Motors Company [NYSE:GM] is working on a mid-engine supercar, and it's believed to be the eighth-generation Chevrolet Corvette (C8). You read that correctly: the Corvette might not have an engine in the front.
We'll give you moment to let that sink in.
Now, adding more fuel to that fire comes word that this new Corvette might only be available with a dual-clutch transmission. This leads us to the topic of our latest Twitter poll where we are asking if the C8 Chevrolet Corvette should offer a manual transmission. Let your voice be heard and submit your vote below.
Should the C8 Chevrolet Corvette offer a manual transmission?— MotorAuthority (@motorauthority) September 19, 2016
There's no question that dual-clutch transmissions are fast, but if lap times aren't the sole objective there's an argument to be made for the manual transmission. One might say there's a connection between driver and vehicle that simply can't be replicated without the control one has with a manual transmission.
For those of you not in the loop, the new mid-engine 2019 Chevrolet Corvette has been spied in prototype form undergoing testing. A debut is expected at the 2018 Detroit auto show and it will launch as a 2018 model. It's expected to be powered by a LT5 V-8 and there might even be a plug-in hybrid option.
Of course, the C7 Corvette won't leave us without a bang. GM is working on a range-topping ZR1 model with a possible debut happening at the 2017 Detroit auto show.
Vote now and tell your friends as well. Maybe GM will listen and decide to give us a three-pedal option for those that prefer to #GiveAShift.