2009 Nissan 370Z Long-Term Road Test

2009 Nissan 370Z: SynchroRev Match Makes Editor Lazy

October 07, 2009


Ever since I drove our Nissan 370Z extensively back in August, the following thought pops into my head when I get into a different manual-transmission car: "Wait, you mean I have to heel-toe downshift to match revs? Well that sucks."

I didn't think this was going to be the case when I first drove our Z. "SynchroRev Match is just a novelty," I figured, and I even turned it off and matched revs the old-timey way.

But whether due to laziness or appreciation on how well it works (or both), SRM is now on all the time when I drive the Z. It matches engine rpm to wheel speed perfectly for every downshift (can't say that about my own heel-toe downshifts) and I still get the tactile pleasure of working the clutch and shifter, which is something I don't get from the GT-R's automated dual-clutch manual gearbox.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

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