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2006 Corvette C6 to offer paddle shifters

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  1. 348 Turbo

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  3. scycle2020

    scycle2020 F1 Rookie

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    they look more like the mountain bike thumb shifters than paddles..given that the c6 manual is so notchy and not smooth, this may sell very well...i still perfer manuals to f1 type trannys...just more engaging on the street....
     
  4. bretm

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    It's still an automatic, no really, it is. Unless I'm confused here, it's a tiptronic system a la Porsche, not an F1 system like Ferrari or BMWs SMG. So now you can "paddle" shift all you want through the slushbox. They have the same option for the GTO, although I think that is a 4spd auto and the Vette is a 6spd auto.
     
  5. 348 Turbo

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    agreed, or disagreed. I'm not exactly sure. Some type of a hybrid between the two? Whatever, it sounds cool.
    Here's what it says:

    6-Speed Paddle Shift automatic details

    The new electronically controlled 6-Speed Paddle Shift automatic transmission is one of the most technologically advanced transmissions in the industry, featuring clutch to clutch operation, manual control shift operation and an integrated 32-bit electronic controller. A wide, 6.04:1 overall ratio helps deliver exciting acceleration performance along with excellent fuel economy.

    The six forward gears have smaller “steps” between them, which enhances the feeling of performance and smoothness. The smaller steps also enable a steep, 4.02:1 first gear, which provides an improved-performance launch feel when compared with the previous four-speed automatic’s 3.06:1 first gear. There are two overdrive gears: a 0.85:1 ratio in fifth gear and a 0.67:1 ratio in sixth. The final drive ratio of Corvette models equipped with the new transmission is 2.56:1.

    Technological sophistication is exemplified by two electronically controlled automatic modes, Drive and Sport; plus manual Paddle Shift. The Drive mode follows a specific shift schedule of predetermined shift points, while the Sport mode enables Performance Algorithm Shifting (PAS). PAS modifies shift patterns when performance driving is recognized by the controller. The Drive mode optimizes shifts for smoothness, while the Sport mode enables firmer shifts for better performance. With the Paddle Shift mode, gear changes are made with manual control paddles located on the steering wheel.

    The performance and functions of the six-speed paddle shift transmission with automatic modes are guided by an integrated controller. The controller is located inside the transmission, reducing complexity. A new 300-mm torque converter, new rear bell housing, new driveline support and revised-length driveshaft also support the transmission’s integration into the Corvette.
     
  6. TestaRoasta

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    Compared with the Ferrari systems, that looks unfun, if they're on the steering wheel, have fun hitting them when you're in a turn!
     
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  8. tfazio

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    I wonder if the new paddle shifter will still force you to shift from 1st to fourth at slow speeds-(kidding of course). I thought the paddle shifters were going to be similar to a tiptronic or auto stick tranny too.

    this line confuses me: "specifically the clutch to clutch operation"-

    "The new electronically controlled 6-Speed Paddle Shift automatic transmission is one of the most technologically advanced transmissions in the industry, featuring clutch to clutch operation, manual control shift operation and an integrated 32-bit electronic controller.
     
  9. writerguy

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    if it works anything like the same system in the Grand Prix GXP it might be the second worst one ever (the Grand Prix was JUST AWFFFUL )
     
  10. TimN88

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    Haha, at least you CAN hit them when you are in a turn unlike in a ferrari(which is a bad idea anyway unless you either drive slow or feel like crashing).
     
  11. 348 Turbo

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    from the one pic shown, they look odd. They appear more like small buttons than paddles.
    Has anyone seen a clearer pic?
     
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  13. Dr JonboyG

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    Hey, at least the steering wheel looks like an improvement on the normal boat tiller GM sees fit to equip the car with. :D
     
  14. Koby

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    I'm reading this as being a auto slushbox tranny with paddles. Which is not to say it is a bad thing.

    The line between manual and auto is becoming increasingly blurred. Many of the paddle-shifting autos are very good-- they hold gears, and blip the throttle on downshifts. Others are incredibly fast, such as Mercedes speed shift, it actually gets faster acceleration times than the standard tranny. As powerful as most of these cars are, a torque converter is not that big a deal. And finally the F1/SMG have a questionable future in the face of Audi's twin clutch DSG tranny.
     
  15. bretm

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    Lol on the skip shift.

    Autos have clutch packs too, I don't know why they threw that line in though because it just confuses 99.99% of readers.
    I missed this when I skimmed the article, but seeing it now, it's definitely an auto.

    Autos are getting really nice. I don't like them for a Ferrari, Vette, etc. but for my jeep a modern 5spd auto would be really nice, one with tiptronic like this so you could still engine brake when off-roading. My sister's MB (5spd auto) definitely shifts faster than I can shift the jeep (real long throws).
     
  16. Koby

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    They are trying to make it sound like something more than it is. The to non-enthusiast it will pass for the same thing as F1/SMG.
     
  17. LetsJet

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    Looks like the + / - are on different sides then ferrari, MB, etc.

    That's not a great idea IMO
     
  18. PatrickShim

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    I believe you press the (+) buttons on the top on either side to upshift, and press the paddles on either side to downshift. So it's thumb-shift for upshift, and paddle-shift for downshift.
     
  19. NY550

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    ..yea thats what i was thinking about, there not paddles there more like buttones you press.
     
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