Gallery: Nissan SynchroRev Match

The stick shift lives

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For decades, the "heel and toe" maneuver--shifting to a lower gear while braking with the toes of your right foot and tapping the gas pedal with your heel, all to carry maximum speed through turns--separated serious stick-shifters from the rest of us. Nissan's SynchroRev Match may make this quaint two-step obsolete.

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Introduced on the new 370Z sports car, the computerized system constantly monitors the clutch pedal, shifter position, and vehicle and engine speed.

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In Nissan models like the 370Z Roadster pictured here, you just yank the shifter toward a new gear, and the SynchroRev Match automatically boosts the engine to the ideal speed for a precisely matched shift, preventing grinding gears and chassis jolts.

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A 3-D rendition of the SynchroRev Match system, including gear shift (right). This mechanism allows drivers to play Mario Andretti and perfect their technique, but comes equipped with a handy "off" switch--just in case.