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Old 09-27-2013, 12:12 PM   #1
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No-lift Shifting in the Camaro ZL1 (Automobile)

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No-lift shift isnít new to GM. The Chevrolet Cobalt SS and HHR SS had it, the Buick Regal GS and the Cadillac CTS-V have it, but the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 wears it best.

Imagine youíre at a drag strip. You put the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 stability system into Race mode, inch up to the starting line until you fully stage, then put your right foot flat onto the accelerator pedal to turn on launch control. After the engine figures out what rpm to launch at, you ease your foot off of the clutch to go. The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 charges forward, the tachometerís needle approaches redline, and itís time to shift. This is usually when youíd take your right foot off of the accelerator pedal, push the clutch pedal in with your left foot, shift into second gear, raise your left off of the clutch, and slam your right foot down onto the accelerator pedal againóbut thatís not whatís going to happen this time.

With your right foot firmly planted on the accelerator pedal, your left foot hovers just above the clutch pedal. Then you start to push down it. For a second, every muscle in your body tenses off as you imagine obliterating the supercharged V-8 engine or the 6-speed manual transmission by doing what youíre about to do. Then you remind yourself that this engine is tuned for no-lift shifts. If you donít use the feature, the supercharger wonít maintain boost between gears. So you ram your left foot down onto the clutch pedal, thereís a loud blat from the exhaust, your right hand yanks the transmission into second gear, and you get your left foot off of the accelerator as fast as you can. The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 surges forward, completely unscathed. Ditto for the next two shifts. As you cross the finish line in just over twelve seconds, you realize that the accelerator pedal has been on the floor since the start of your quarter-mile run.

Cool, right? Check out the video to see what no-lift shifting in a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 looks like.


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Old 09-27-2013, 12:37 PM   #2
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Man, that guy still shifts like a granny...
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Old 09-27-2013, 12:41 PM   #3
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Who's gonna be the first one to get that wrong!!
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Old 09-27-2013, 12:44 PM   #4
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How is this different than powershifting any other car?
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Old 09-27-2013, 12:51 PM   #5
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Old 09-27-2013, 12:56 PM   #6
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"...left foot off the accelerator as fast as you can." Don't you mean clutch?
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Old 09-27-2013, 01:14 PM   #7
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Man, that guy still shifts like a granny...
Yes he does. I can rip a mean second gear chirp with DR's.

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Who's gonna be the first one to get that wrong!!
The factory rev limiter still works with no lift shift.

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How is this different than powershifting any other car?
You don't lift off the gas pedal; just stab the clutch. It keeps the car in boost during the shift.

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"...left foot off the accelerator as fast as you can." Don't you mean clutch?
He meant clutch.
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Old 09-27-2013, 01:24 PM   #8
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Why does the back of the car have the 2014 ass and 2013 front end?
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Old 09-27-2013, 01:27 PM   #9
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Why does the back of the car have the 2014 ass and 2013 front end?
The ZL1 front end is still the same for 2014
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Old 09-27-2013, 01:46 PM   #10
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You don't lift off the gas pedal; just stab the clutch. It keeps the car in boost during the shift.
I use that technique all the time (keep the gas pedal on the floor, stab the clutch, and shift quickly), and have been doing so for decades, when I want to get the best times out of a car. What did they do to the ZL1 that's different?
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Old 09-27-2013, 01:53 PM   #11
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If you're quick, power shifting is something all M6 guys are used to at the track; I guess you have a bit more time to do that without it hitting the rev limiter with this system. Does it use the same setup of dropping fuel to cylinders to keep the rev's from rising as in the launch control?
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Old 09-27-2013, 02:00 PM   #12
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Is this only in the ZL1, or is this in the SS as well. My previous car had this feature and my 1LE SS won't be ready for delivery until the end of next month. I have been wondering if this works on the SS?


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I saw the previous post so I assume this is something specific with the M6 transmission which would mean it will work in the SS model???
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The ZL1 front end is still the same for 2014
They should have 2014 front end and 2013 rear
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How is this different than powershifting any other car?
With the no-lift shifting , the engine maintains it's rpms when you push in the clutch, preventing it from just climbing right up and hitting the rev limiter no matter how long it takes you to complete the shift.

With the conventional method of power-shifting, if you shift fast enough, all is good. If you miss a gear, the engine will continue to rev right on up.
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