Good morning everyone. I have been counting down the days with anticipation until the new C8 Corvette was officially released. Having owned a corvette before, naturally I am a big fan and couldn't contain myself the moment the president of GM drove the car on stage. The Z51 performance package that was shown on stage comes with an 8 speed automatic dual clutch transaxle (DCT) with paddle shifters that helps get the vette to 60mph in under 3 seconds. For everyone that uses the LS series of engines, I imagine that it will bolt up quite nicely; however I wonder how everyone thinks it will fit in the SL-C. From the reveal it looks pretty compact to me, but the design is super complicated and there is a lot going in inside the transaxle. According to Hagerty, there will be two clutches, two power input paths, two gears for every forward speed along with their synchronizers, plus three gears to implement reverse. Pretty crazy. Down the road when i am finally able to pull the trigger on my own SL-C, i have planned on using the V8 Graziano with 1.038 drop gears, but depending on the cost of this transaxle it might be pretty cool to actually try this new option and be different. I know the gated shifter with the Graz has such a great feel and is probably a bit lighter but an 8 speed paddleshift sure does sound nice, especially with all of the traffic I am always having to contend with on the road. What are everyone else's thoughts on this? Here is the patent and design layout of the transaxle. Looks like it might fit to me!
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