Re: Earth Dreams Engine and Transmission Production Began on Thursday
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Where is this article published ? Is it internal circulation only ? Can I put it into TOVA/Honda-Fan ?
BTW, like Daniel correctly pointed out, modern CVT/MMT are set such that there is more drive to the wheels in response to opening the throttle, unlike older MMTs which tends to change the gear ratio to let the engine rev go up first, without changing speed. This is the cause for the rubber band feeling many comments about. There is also another aspect to the use of CVT which many are not used to and that is, the aural experience of hearing the engine revving constant, even at a relatively high rpm like 6000rpm, gives the impression that the car is not moving. This is because many drivers are accustomed to an engine 'lagging', where it does not have the torque/power to pull the car so what you get is the engine's constant drone at WOT. In those cases, the car is hardly moving.
In the case of a CVT car, the car is actually accelerating at its max, but if one'e eyes is not on the speedo, then for all the current Hondas with a CVT, because the acceleration is not very high, the mind just ties it sub-conciously to the experience of 'the engine is lagging'. This is something which will be difficult to overcome with the CVT.
Maybe things will change with this new Accord if Honda uses it with the larger 2.4l engines and above because then the acceleration will be better and if we have a slight 'push against the seat' sensation, then hearing the engine revving at a constant 6000-7000rpm might no longer give that feeling of 'engine lagging'.
Would appreciate your answer to my questions at the start of this post. Thanks.