Rev-Matching Downshifts - 2008 Cadillac CTS Long-Term Road Test

2008 Cadillac CTS Long Term Road Test

2008 Cadillac CTS: Rev-Matching Downshifts

May 02, 2008

2008 Cadillac CTS --

The 2008 Cadillac CTS is available with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Our test car has the latter. While most of us around here prefer manual transmissions for the more precise control they provide, the CTS' automatic does earn extra points thanks to its rev-matching downshift ability.

If you place the transmission in manual-shift mode and select a downshift, the transmission's controller will automatically raise engine speed (rpm) to match wheel speed for the lower gear. The result is a smooth downshift, just like a heel-and-toe downshift on a car with a manual transmission.

I've been playing around with the manual-shift mode. Its shifts are reasonably quick and the rev-matching feature is very cool. Of course, rev-matching for an automatic isn't new – some cars from Infiniti, BMW and Mercedes-Benz's AMG come to mind – but having it on the CTS certainly buffs the car's sporting credentials.

A (very) amateur video demonstrating our Cadillac CTS doing it's rev-matching 'thang follows after the jump.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

Here's the video:

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