Porsche Rev Match Technology Replaces Heel-Toe Downshifting

Porsche Rev Match Technology Replaces Heel-Toe Downshifting

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]

  • some time technology takes the fun out of driving engineered vehicles, another reason why i like older cars

  • to me, I don’t like older cars because it’s boring

  • Dmail

    Isn’t this old technology? Other manufacturers have been doing this for years.  I’m confused.

  • George

    Why all the whining about this tech? With the press of the button you can turn it off just like in the 370Z. I suspect those complaining care more about feeling superior about their heel-toe skill than enjoying driving the way they want to.

  • Jony

    Idiots whine about stupid crap. And most cannot even drive manual transmission all that well. Now they bitch about eliminating “heel to toe downshifts”? IDIOTS! Rev matching is great!