It’s the first Corvette since 1953 that won’t offer a manual transmission
The Save The Manuals club will shed a tear and pour a little out for the C8. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to row your own gears here. An eight-speed dual-clutch Tremec automatic transmission will handle getting the power down, pushed to the rear by a transaxle-mounted electronic limited-slip differential, and it’s been optimized for speed and performance. First gear is low, affording zippy launches, and second through sixth gears are close-ratio, optimal for track work. (The final two exist only to make highway miles more comfortable.)
The engine was moved to help the new Corvette compete with exotic supercars
From a marketing standpoint, it’s helpful to offer a car with a mid-engine to your consumers. From the driver’s seat, there’s a lot of practical enhancement that placement allows. You’re getting better weight distribution, which translates to better handling, especially with a rear weight bias as the C8 has. The driver’s seating position is now closer to the front axle, nearly atop the front wheels, meaning improved feedback and sense of control. And with a redesigned hood that slopes down deeply, and a lowered instrument panel and flat-topped steering wheel, the incredible sightlines will give the cockpit a race-car feel.