The following context comes from an episode of "Cowboy Bebop". It's a very popular 90's animation that takes place in the future. The following exchange is between an older mechanic and his young apprentice while repairing a spaceship.
Miles: You know, nowadays, a 3/8 pneumatic tube isn't in style anymore. What do you say we go with a 5/0 and update this relic?
Mechanic: Enough, Miles.
Miles: We can even kick it into freestyle with full auto-navigation!
Mechanic: Ow! Now listen up. You either work for this machine, or it works for you.
The only definition I found for "kick" that could have anything at all to with this example is: "kick it" 2. Informal To become operative or take effect: "His pituitary kicked in, and his growth was suddenly vertical" (Kenneth Browser).(source:freedictionary.com)