rt2esq: -- It's a dual mode shifter used in many automatic transmission performance cars. Chrysler has it in the 300M and the Sebring, Lincoln uses it in the LS, Mitsubishi in the Spyder, Porche, Audi, BMW etc. It's either a side to side motion or a seperate gate in the shifter for forward/back movement of the lever to shift gears. Some are using paddles on the steering wheel to shift the transmission. All it does is allow the driver more control over the automatic. IMHO, it's an inexcusable ommission from the T-Bird.
I had a 300M. Shifter was fun and worked great. I used it mostly for downshifting butI worked through the gears quite often. It makes for a car that stays new longer. I had it for 3 years and loved it as much the day I turned it in (lease ended) as the day I brought it home. Ordered T-Bird in July and had it delivered by Santa. Shifter would have been nice on the T-Bird