Seven gears huh? That’s a lot of shifting in my opinion, however that’s what we’re likely to see in the upcoming 2014 C7 Corvette. Now granted, the addition of a seventh gear would likely elevate the Corvette’s already amazing fuel economy (26 mpg), but from an enthusiast standpoint, I think it’s simply too much. How about this GM; instead of a 7-speed, give the enthusiasts a choice of a close ratio 5-speed manual or a dual-clutch flappy-paddle 6-speed. Then give the 7-speed automatic to the “look-at-me” crowd. Once that’s done combine the owners choice with a beefed-up LS7 that makes about 500 hp for the base Vette’ and PRESTO! You’ve just built the perfect sports car. Right now the idea of a 7-speed manual is still just a rumor, but according to InsideLine it comes from a very trust worthy source.