Manual Transmission Paddle Shifters Enhance the Driving Experience for Novice Corvette Drivers

April 3rd, 2013 by

The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is a thrilling machine with raw power, a fierce design and the newest technology.  One not-so-new piece of technology that Chevrolet has been playing around with are the paddle shifters.  This may seem irrelevant to true Corvette fanatics who prefer the manual transmission, until you realize they are on both the manual and automatic transmission models.

Why does the Stingray have such an odd quirk?  The paddle shifters are used in the Stingray’s new rev-matching technology.  Usually, when driving a manual, you have to do a little heal-toeing to keep the ideal rpm’s when changing gears at faster speeds during cornering.  Basically, this means using one foot to push the brake and gas and the other foot to push the clutch. 

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The paddle shifters come into play for beginner Corvette drivers, who have not quite mastered the heel-toeing technique.   Grabbing the paddles will engage the rev-matching technology which “will automatically blip the throttle when downshifting,” according to Chevrolet.  “A big focus for the team was to offer technologies that improved the driving experience when you wanted them, and didn’t interfere when you don’t,” commented Monte Doran, a Chevy Corvette team member. 

So, if you are a new Corvette owner, go ahead and opt for the manual transmission.  In the beginning you will have a little help from their latest technology, but once you master the technique you don’t even have to use it.  The 2014 Corvette Stingray will be rolling into our dealership, Carter Chevrolet, sometime this summer, so keeping checking in for more updates.