Training Wheels For Rev-Matchers - 2009 Nissan 370Z Long-Term Road Test

2009 Nissan 370Z Long-Term Road Test

2009 Nissan 370Z: Training Wheels For Rev-Matchers

July 10, 2009

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There have been some concerns expressed in this space that the 2009 Nissan 370Z's Synchro RevMatch feature is going to make our already lazy driving public even lazier. Maybe so. For one thing, it seems Nissan wants to discourage people from turning it off -- deactivation requires holding the button for a few seconds, while activation is instantaneous.

But if you want to learn how to match revs on downshifts, the Z's driver seat is the best place in the world to be.

Synchro RevMatch, you'll recall, is Nissan's trick new automatic rev-matching technology. Bang down a gear without touching the accelerator and it'll reward your clumsiness with a perfectly timed throttle blip, making what should have been a concussive transition as smooth as a (Copy Editor Extraordinaire) Doug Lloyd piano riff.

In the process, it teaches you exactly what you need to do to match revs: jab the throttle while changing gears before letting out the clutch. Synchro RevMatch will model this for you without fail until you're ready to go it alone. If you get confused, just turn the feature back on for a minute. Yes, that's what's supposed to happen. Now turn it off and try again.

I prefer to match my own revs in the Z, but as a training aid, Synchro RevMatch is fantastic.

Josh Sadlier, Associate Editor, @ 9,235 miles

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