Advantages of paddble shifter and 5 fantastic sports cars using paddle shifters


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Paddle shifters are the new craze in autos. However, these nifty inventions are especially useful for sports cars. See sports cars that "sport" the best paddle-shifters. Read now!

The long days of sportsmen using cars with exclusively manual or auto transmissions will finally soon be over. This is because sportscars with paddle shifter transmission may soon take over completely.

Paddle shifter cars allow the driver to shift the car's transmission electrically instead of using the normal old clutch and gear shift manual transmission tech. Paddle shifters in cars allow you to circumvent automatic transmissions, and enjoy the benefits of manual gears.

Now, you get to see 5 fantastic sports cars using paddle shifters.


Paddle shifters are a really great innovation

Brief history about paddle shifters

Paddle shifters are also called flappy paddles. You can liken them to a form of an automatic clutch system.

Majorly for sports car developed especially for Ferrari Formula One racer cars in the 1980s, the paddle shifter switch was installed in cars. This means you don’t need to take your hands away from the steering to change gears when you drive a paddle shifter car.

You can easily manage and maintain your pace even at high speeds with no worries. Today not only sports cars or Ferraris have paddle shifts; even low-end vehicles like minivans and SUVs also have a paddle shifter install.

How does a paddle shifter work?

If you ever wondered how paddle shifters work, it is very simple: any car with a paddle shifter switch has two paddles on both sides of the steering wheel, the right paddle raises or increases the gears and the left paddle brings the gears down.

In paddle shifter use, the actual gear number will show on the dashboard, and the car will automatically switch to the selected gear. How to use a paddle shifter is very simple, just pull the right ‘+’ or left ‘–‘to gear the car up or down.

Advantages of paddle shifters

The advantages of paddle shifters are many, but just a few main ones of these advantages will be discussed.

Why do automatic cars need paddle shifters? The paddle shifter system enables your car to shift manual gears based on the driving conditions and even choice. You don’t even need to touch the automatic gear handle again. 

The moment your car is in drive, you can leave the gear alone until you are ready to park or reverse your car. A paddle shifter upshift or downshift helps you speed up or slow down the speed of your car quicker, especially when you need to turn your car into a corner.

Note that the system will not permit a shift up or down that will blow your engine. For instance, from too high a rev to a very slow gear, and vice versa.


Turn your automatic transmission into a semi-auto with paddle shifters

Paddle shifter problems can be quite daunting and you will need a professional who knows the system to fix them when they occur.

Sports cars with incredible paddle shifters

Now we can look at the best sportscars with paddle shifters:

1. 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C

The Alfa Romero 4C uses a substantial amount of Carbon fiber and has a mid-engine layout. The sports car uses an automatic transmission and also charts its course with the paddle shifter system. The Alfa Romero 4C is among the sports cars that have an incredible paddle shifter, which gives the car the easy advantage of flexibility while running smoothly and racing with astonishing speed. The Alfa Romero 4C* uses an aluminum paddle shifter, and sometimes OEM shift paddles.

The Alfa Romero 4C allows you to enjoy yourself when you hold the flat-bottom steering wheel and the column-mounted paddle shifters.

The sportscar runs at 237 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque and also has a very tiny rear-wheel-drive. It weighs 2465-pound, accelerates 0-60 MPH in 4.1 seconds, and it has a top speed of 160 MPH.

The race car has a twin dry clutch too. The Alfa Romero paddle shifters allow you to be in charge of the 6-speed twin automatic clutch.


The 2016 Alfa Romero 4C paddle shifters give it a keen edge over other sportscars with auto-transmission

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2. 2016 Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupe

The Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupe is an advanced sports car with a top speed of 186 MPH. The car nailed a 0-60 MPH sprint in just 4 seconds. The Jaguar F-TYPE R is one of those sports cars that convert time and space with its top-notch speed of 186MPH.

The Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe is maniacal even to its core. Just like a villain that can split his personality from good to bad, the car can switch from its docile mood to ferocious in a heartbeat.

The Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupe changes between comfortable GT cruisers to its all-out beast mode with just one dynamic Switch. The Jaguars F-TYPE R Coupe comes with an AWD system, and also with already equipped 8-speed paddle shifter system.


With a top speed of 186mph, the Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupe is indeed a speed machine

3. 2016 Porsche 911 GT3

Although we will not include the Lamborghini, Bugatti, and the Ferrari on this list of awesome sports cars that are equipped with paddle shifters, we will definitely include the 2016 Porsche 911 GT3.

The Porsche 911 GT3 has an awe-inspiring 500 horsepower of thrust. The Porsche covers an amazing 0-60 MPH in just 3.1 seconds and a top speed of 193 miles per hour.

The 7-speed Porsche Doppel kupplung” (PDK) automatic is controlled by steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.


There had to be a Porsche on this list now: Check out the 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 with flappies

4. 2016 Subaru WRX

Some people may think the 2016 Subaru WRX should not be on the list of 5 top sports cars with good paddle shifters because it has a steering wheel with paddle shifters that control a Sport Linear electronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) instead of a dual-clutch or conventional automatic. The WRX’s CVT comes with a 6 and 8-speed manual mode.

The 2016 Subaru WRX is powered by a 268-horsepower twin-scroll turbocharged 2.0-liter boxer four-cylinder engine. The sports car scored 0-60 MPH within 5.2 seconds; it also comes with a traction control system that can set the car to race mode. 


The 2016 Subaru WRX's CVT almost cost it a place in the top 5

5. 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro was built to provide a monstrous performance. This version of the Chevrolet Camaro is arguably the best and one of the most sophisticated driving sports cars for this model. It comes with a 6.2-liter V8 engine pumping out 640 horsepower. This advance car runs a 6-speed manual and brand-spanking-new 10-speed automatic, it is said that it produces a flashlight speed via the paddle shifters.

The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 runs like a mad cow and sticks to the ground like superglue. This is done via its raft technology that was copied from the Corvette Z06. The Chevrolet Camaro ZL 1 delivers an inspired performance that will stay longer than its predecessors.


One of the world's most popular sports cars only does better with Paddle shifters

How exactly do paddle shifters work? Watch the video below:

Video: PADDLE SHIFTERS: How They Work Explained!

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The awesome news about paddle shifters cars is that you do not need a sports car to have a paddle shifter on your steering wheel. Many vehicle manufacturers offer them now, although there are still manufacturers that offer cars with a semi-automatic transmission SAT (also known as automated manual or clutchless manual) instead of the latest automatic transmission. However, you will need to select vehicles with an automatic gearbox on your own to enjoy the paddle shifter.

There are alternatives to these 5 fantastic sports cars using paddle shifters. If you are interested in getting any affordable cars with paddle shifters there are various options for you like the Honda Jazz, Ford Focus, Audi A3, etc. Also, affordable sports cars like the Jaguar F-Type can be selected with paddle shifters. Naijauto's cars for sale section provides a good resource to buy some of these vehicles.

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Joshua-Philip Okeafor

Joshua-Philip Okeafor

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Joshua, or KK as friends call him, is a Filmmaker, Writer and Director. A Christian, Joshua is a product of Nigeria’s foremost film school, the National Film Institute, Jos, where he majored in Writing/Directing. Joshua began his writing career at age 18 when an older brother gave him a four page outline of a children novel. Joshua intends to keep writing and directing. His screen name is sometimes Joshua Kalu Ephraim (Writing), and sometimes Joshua KK (directing).

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