I strongly recommend the 6 speed. Once you get used to a standard,
you'll never go back (although I'd recommend the auto if you have
physical disabilities that would make it hard to drive a standard).
The 6 speed will give you:
o Much more control over the car!
o Much more *fun* when driving, and to me that's a big deal.
o Better fuel economy
o Better performance
o It will increase driver skill over a slushbox
Autos should be reserved for Toyota Corollas, not Corvettes, I think.
After having driven 6 speeds for years now, I wouldn't want an
automatic Corvette no matter what the price. It just isn't a proper
sports car that way. It's no coincidence that the high performance Z06
model is *only* available with a 6 speed.
Hope that helps you.
C5Z Vette & Audi S4 (got that one used, vette was bought new). The
audi shifter is like butter. The Vette's is not as smooth, but it is a
much higher performance car, and I still can't imagine wanting an
automatic in it.
Maybe in a mule, yeah, but I highly doubt they'll ever sell a "normal
automatic" (non-paddle shift) Z06. Dave Hill has said repeatedly there
would not be an automatic Z06, and I believe him. Of course with a new
guy stepping in that could conceivably change, but I won't want to bet
Paddle shifters are maybe some midway point. The high end (Ferrari
430's and such) couple paddle shifters to real dual clutch trannies.
The K-mart cheeseball route is to stick paddle shifters on an automatic
Both made by/designed by the Germans but it's smoother in the Audi, odd?
I highly doubt they have a "normal automatic" available now, just one of
those "cheeseball" paddle shift automatics. They will be in the Z06 not just
Dave Hill may have headed up some of it but doubt very much he made the
decisions on all of the options. His one claim to fame as I see it is he was
able to breath enough life into the product to keep it from going the way of
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