When the 2013 Porsche Carrera 4 and 4S models were revealed ahead of their Paris Motor Show debut, the German automaker tossed in a little bit of info that its Sport Chrono package will include technology to automatically double-declutch during downshifts.
Though it’ll make its debut on the 2013 Carrera 4 and 4S models, the rev-matching system will also make its way onto the manual-transmission Carreras for 2013. The rev matching will automatically blip the throttle during downshifts to match the lower gear’s speed and will always be on in the Sport Plus mode. It will be switched off if the driver sets the vehicle in regular and Sport modes.
The German automaker elaborated that the system will make its way to future models of the Boxster and Cayman, essentially eliminating the need to ever heel-toe downshift. According to a Porsche spokesman, the technology is similar to the SynchroRev Match system that’s currently found in the Nissan 370Z.
With how quickly transmission technologies are progressing, it’s hard to imagine there will be any fun left in driving a manual.
[Source: Car and Driver]