Originally Posted by Sol
Some have those performance shift buttons to hit redline.
That'* something that I think Toyota started in the early-mid 80'* with their electronically controlled transmissions in the Cressida and Supra. My Cressida'* got one of those, and they do help... ECT (electronically controlled tranny, yeah), it'* called... hit the button, overdrive button (yeah, a switch, not a shifter position like our Bonnys) off, and floor it. Not only does it let you go to redline, it makes the shifts faster (albeit rougher), and kickdowns come sooner with less throttle application, at least, in Toyota'* case.
That function made its way to other cars too, 1991-ish Accords had it, my buddy'* Saturn sedan (SOHC) has it, and some new cars to day have it.
The little button beside the shifter would be it, and you can also see the OD button.