2014 Chevrolet Corvette: Rev-Matched Downshifts
November 20, 2013
Among the long list of tech features in our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Corvette is rev-matched downshifting. Basically, when you activate the system, the throttle is automatically blipped during downshifts. The idea is smooth, no-lurch, perfectly rev-matched downshifts. Great for when you want to make fast time on a good road, and especially useful to avoid upsetting the chassis in braking zones on a track.
It's a technique first seen on the Nissan 370Z as SynchroRev Match. In that car, the system worked flawlessly. Lightning-fast rev matching. It's brilliant.
In the C7, the rev-matching feature is not quite as effective. The system is slower to bring the revs up than Nissan's system, so often you find the revs not really matched by the time you engage the clutch for the next gear. Lurch.
What I find is that in order for the C7's rev-matching system to work seamlessly, I have to slow down my gear changes. This makes the system workable for when you want to be lazy, like around town, but ill-suited for fast driving. Irony.
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor