40% of Corvette Stingray Buyers Choosing Manual Gearbox
New Corvette Stingray buyers are flocking to Chevy dealerships in hoards. Chevy is selling so many new Corvettes, in fact, that they’re raising the price by over $1,000 to get a little bit of extra scratch. But that’s not the story here, the real story is that nearly 40% of all Stingray buyers are opting for a manual transmission. Huzzah! According to Edmunds, 40% of buyers are choosing the ‘Vette’s smooth seven-speed manual, over the not-so-great six-speed automatic with paddle shifters. This also ties in with over 55% of buyers opting for the Z51 performance package, which includes performance brakes, an aero package, suspension, and a few other goodies. PHOTOS: See More of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51
Chevrolet spokesman Monte Doran said the new Stingray is in “short supply,” and Chevy has sold some 19,915 Corvettes in 2014. The average “days-to-turn” since the car was launched is 19.
So far, it seems that the new Corvette is off to a blazing start, and the manual gearbox is staying strong. Only question is — next year, when Chevy fits the new Corvette with the eight-speed automatic from the Z06, will we see a drop in manual sales? We’ll have to watch the numbers and find out.
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