How Fast Can Supercars Shift Gears?

A comparison of driving a manual transmission versus one of today's fastest cars.

2y ago

How fast do supercars actually shift? I've seen estimates ranging from 8 milliseconds to 150 milliseconds, and anywhere in that region is seriously fast. To find out if the estimates are true, I sat inside a McLaren 720S and used a data logger to find the shift speed.

As an example, I spent some time measuring the shift speed in my manual transmission Honda S2000, and generally was shifting in about 250-300 milliseconds (0.25-0.30 seconds). Will the supercar shift faster than a human? Likely, but how fast? Check out the video to find out!!

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Comments (20)

  • Faster, maybe, but not as much fun. I’ll keep the manual.

      2 years ago
  • Flappy pedal gearboxes may be cool (and convenient for racing), but they are usually absolutely horrid for city driving and take out a lot of the driving pleasure

      2 years ago
  • Agreed, Cars are meant to be driven,controlled. I don’t want a computer deciding what is right. You can’t heel/toe an automatic. How do you keep the engine at full song coming into Big Ben at Lime Rock

      2 years ago
  • Difference between a fun road car and a track car. I get DCTs in “track mode” but when the car is being driven for the pleasure and involvement of driving and where it has to perform real world duties, I’ll take a manual or, if i must have a self-shifter, a proper torque converter auto which does a better and more durable job as an “auto”. I completely understand why hypercars have adopted DCTs but i’d leave them for hypercars.

      2 years ago
  • If the test were done at higher speeds, 4th, 5th and 6th gear, the graph would have been easier to follow and would have started to show the acceleration slowing in each gear.

      2 years ago