The 1990 CERV-III Concept, which is what I hope this thing will look like, blade wheels and pop-up headlights and all.

It seems this long-awaited mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette really will be designed to run with high-end European exotics. And by that, I mean you’ll more than likely be shifting the gears with paddles, not three pedals and a stick.

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Car and Driver, thus far the leader in rumors and reports about this car which is really happening for sure we promise you guys, says the upcoming car will use a Tremec seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. It can handle a ton of torque and promises lightning-fast gear changes, presumably much quicker than the ones offered even by General Motors’ eight-speed automatic.

Tremec engineering documents show a 9000-rpm maximum input speed and a 664-lb-ft torque capacity, both of which should cover C8 Corvette needs quite nicely. The TR-9007’s die-cast aluminum housing contains seven forward gears, three of which are overdrive ratios, and a 5.6:1 ratio spread. Tremec describes the twin engagement devices as “virtually dry wet clutches.”

But! They predict, probably correctly, that this supercar is being developed with no room for a traditional stick shift.

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Our suspicion is that General Motors will not follow our suggestion to Save the Manuals due to the cost and complexity of offering two transmissions. In other words, Tremec’s TR-9007 seven-speed DCT will be the one and only transmission available when the 2019 Corvette arrives in less than two years.

A huge blow to manual enthusiasts everywhere! But not really. It’s not like any of this car’s intended mid-engined competitors use stick shifts anymore, and in this day and age when customer take rate, technology and lap times rule everything, the manual is hard to justify.

Boo-hoo.