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How to Use the Paddle Shifters on Your New Nissan 370z Coupe

How to Use the Paddle Shifters on Your New Nissan 370z Coupe
December 18, 2017 Nissan Cars

How to Use the Paddle Shifters on Your New Nissan 370z Coupe

The new Nissan 370z Coupe has a fantastic reputation as a sports model that won’t break the bank. However, if you are new to sports models, you may be a little thrown off by the paddle shifters. Paddle shifters have become a more common feature in recent years, with manual modes being offered on some automatic models. This racing car style feature allows you to change the gears on demand but can take a little getting used to. So, here we will explore how to use the paddle shifters on your new 370z.

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The Paddle Shifter Basics:

Paddle shifters were introduced to mimic the race car experience, but they are now seen on automatics that have a manual mode. This allows for drivers to change the gears without a delay while the gearbox does its own thing. Depending on the vehicle, the manual shifting is done using paddle shifters or a gear lever. It doesn’t require a clutch, as there is no mechanical link between the paddle shifters and transmission. Instead, the paddle works as a switch and sends an electronic signal to change gears.
This type of manual mode allows for a more hands on drive experience, but there are practical applications to obtain more power from a lower gear if you need to climb a hill or overtake. Since an automatic transmission can’t anticipate a bend in the road or an upcoming hill, paddle shifters allow you to get control of the gearing for a smoother drive.

How to Use the Paddle Shifters:

The paddle shifters are designed to allow you to move the gear up or down using the “+” or “-.” As you pull a shifter, you will get an indicator on the dash to display the gear that’s currently engaged. In the same way as driving a standard manual, you can shift the gears between 1500 and 2500 rpm. However, if you want to harness the full power, you can still take it to the red line before shifting if the rev limiter permits.

When you do move up or down a gear, you shouldn’t expect an immediate engine respond. You need to allow a similar response time to selecting a gear in a standard manual vehicle.

Paddle shifters can take a little getting used to, but in a model like the Nissan 370z Coupe, you will find that it can enhance your driving experience. This feature adds to the race feel, but just be sure not to get too carried away, or you could end up with a ticket.

Before you buy a Nissan 370z Coupe for sale, you should call in and see us. At Perth City Nissan, we have an unrivalled stock of models including the Nissan 370z Coupe 2017 range. Our sales team members are also on hand to answer any queries about the Nissan 370z Coupe, Australia spec, and current deals. We would also be delighted to arrange your test drive and discuss your vehicle finance options.