Has this become some sort of Hollywood Mistique?
I got to thinking about this and was watching 1 of the "Bourne" series movies (with Matt Damon). In a car chase seen where he's driving a BMW the movie shows a lot of closeups of Matt rowing through the gears and clutching as he races through an urban setting.
Also in the movie "Eagle Eye" the gal driving is being held hostage, driving a Porsche Cayenne with a stick and being chased by the cops. Again a lot of closeups of her rowing through the gears and clutching. Of course this time the guy holding her hostage is, shall we say "critiquing" her shifting style.
They both kind of reminded me of the movie "Bullit" with Steve McQueen. Some similar scenes of Steve doing some aggresive shifting as well.