Chevrolet has released some new details about the eight-speed automatic transmission in the 2015 Corvette Stingray.

Chevrolet has released some new details about the eight-speed automatic transmission in the 2015 Corvette Stingray.

Set to replace the previous six-speed unit, the new gearbox enables the Corvette to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds and run the quarter-mile in 11.9 seconds - improvements 0.1 seconds.

Besides being faster, the Corvette is more fuel efficient as models equipped with the eight-speed automatic transmission will carry an EPA rating of 16 mpg city / 29 mpg highway / 20 mpg combined (US).

As a refresher, the eight-speed automatic transmission has a more aggressive first gear ratio which helps to improve off-the-line performance. The gearbox also has "world-class shift times that rival the best dual-clutch design."

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2015 Corvette is faster & more fuel efficient thanks to new 8-speed gearbox