The upcoming mid-engine Corvette’s 8-speed transmission has been detailed in a newly unearthed patent filing.
As General Motors is being stingy with the details ahead of the C8 Corvette’s unveiling on July 18th, super sleuths have resorted to digging through the US Patent And Trademark Office’s recent patent filings to see if they can unearth anything about the new mid-engine ‘Vette. And it looks like someone might have found something.
The news comes from the MidEngineCorvetteForum, a hive of unbridled mid-engine Corvette anticipation, and one that frequently spits out little tidbits that GM would likely rather we didn’t have. This time it’s a patent filing that was originally filed November 13th, 2015, but was updated just yesterday on June 4th.
The patent is for an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission that matches earlier reports from Jalopnik that the C8 will receive an 8-speed DCT. Motor1 notes that nowhere in this particular patent does it specifically mention the C8--or any other vehicle for that matter--but it seems the most likely destination for a dual-clutch transmission in GM’s lineup.
So far, it seems the patent itself doesn’t mention anything particularly unique about this 8-speed DCT, but it does mention there’s a 10-speed DCT floating around out there somewhere, and that might find its way into future GM models.
We’ll get more details later in July, including anything that makes this 8-speed transmission special.
It’s expected that the C8 Corvette will debut with an evolution of the current Stingray’s 6.2-L V8 engine, with later models expected to get a twin-turbo V8 and even a hybrid option with over 1,000 combined horsepower between electric and gasoline motors.
Enthusiasts might be disappointed to hear that the C8’s new ECU will make it extremely difficult to tune the mid-engine Corvette as it will reportedly shut down the car if it senses any tampering. While this makes it almost impossible to steal, it also makes it extremely difficult to customize or otherwise upgrade.