Apparently the C8 Corvette won't be coming with a manual transmission. I think that is complete nonsense personally.
It's speculated that it will be coming with some sort of Tremec dual-clutch automatic transmissions.
Now I understand that the ZR1 going mid-engine, pulling something from under the covers and potentially hitting an excess of 700+ horseponies is aiming to be a supercar hunter. Going with a dual-clutch automatic will definitely let you hit speeds faster than a person who's banging gears can. But I really think they should at least make it an option..
Enthusiasts are going to throw a fit over this, definitely. But that seems to be the trend that automakers are following. The 2017 Ford GT is getting an auto only too and the C8's European rivals won't have the option either.
Saves money in R&D if they decide to only go with the TR-9007 dual-clutch seven-speed automatic transmission.
I think they should take a page from Aston Martin. The CEO has already planned that he wants a manual transmission in every future Vantage they produce. If Chev wants to keep the Camaro strictly automatic, that's cool, but at least maintain a manual transmission option for the Corvette
Definitely understandable. A lot of manufacturers right now are selling a good amount of vehicles with paddle shifters. But the Ferraris and Chevys are in different leagues if you ask me. They don't attract the same consumers.