If you drive a high power gasoline sports or a muscle car with a manual transmission, will it do any damage if I shift gears at 10000 rpm?

  • Do you mean 1,000RPM (one thousand) not 10,000RPM (ten thousand)? Even if we're talking racing cars, 10,000RPM is usually not achievable.
    – Sam
    Jan 18, 2016 at 14:00

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Yes. Assuming the redline is 10000RPM+. E.g. a slightly modified Mazda RX8 should have a 10k+RPM redline.

  • Might have to make use of a quickshift to cut the engine momentarily or lift off the accelerator so you don't throw it over the red line. Certainly most sports motorbikes rev that high but not aware of many road cars that redline above 10,000rpm
    – Mauro
    Sep 22, 2015 at 10:37
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    The RX8 is one of few that can be reasonably cheaply modified to rev that high. It revs to 9000 standard (it's a rotary after all). Sep 22, 2015 at 10:39
  • Honda S2000 also has crazy high revs. 9k is the redline for s2000.
    – rana
    Sep 23, 2015 at 16:17

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