Nissan's SynchroRev Match: Driver Friend or Foe?

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Rev-matching is vital during downshifting to make even the harshest charging sports car shift smoothly. On the Nissan 370Z, the optional SynchroRev Match automatically blips the throttle between downshifts, which matches engine and transmission speed. The results are smooth downshifts and happy, whiplash-free passengers.

When the feature is activated via S-mode button, the 370Z will rev the engine with no input from your right foot as soon as your hand moves the gear selector into a lower numeric gear. The gear you choose and vehicle speed will determine the rpm jump. Carefully engage the clutch and the reward is a buttery smooth engagement. It takes a little getting used to, but once the 370Z revved the engine and matched gear changes perfectly and consistently every time, I found it second nature to let the feature do its job.


This technique is also used for performance driving to maintain vehicle balance and reduce drivetrain shock. For 370Z owners who want to experience the track, drivers have one less thing to worry about while finding braking zones and trying to hit an apex on top of rev-matching during braking.  

SynchroRev Match is part of the $3,000 Sports Package on the 370Z. The package also includes a limited-slip differential, beefier brakes and lightweight wheels. If it’s keeping you from opting for the other drive-fast goodies, don’t worry, you could learn to love it.

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Managing Editor Joe Bruzek’s 22 years of automotive experience doesn’t count the lifelong obsession that started as a kid admiring his dad’s 1964 Chevrolet Corvette — and continues to this day. Joe’s been an automotive journalist with for 16 years, writing shopper-focused car reviews, news and research content. As Managing Editor, one of his favorite areas of focus is helping shoppers understand electric cars and how to determine whether going electric is right for them. In his free time, Joe maintains a love-hate relationship with his 1998 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am that he wishes would fix itself. LinkedIn: Email Joe Bruzek

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