Hugh Fanism wrote: ↑
Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:34 pm
Sport mode just raises the revs a couple of notches to make it a little bit punchier. Nissan have simulated gear changes with their Xtronic CVT and even added in manual "gear" changes. It apparently works well but I'm not sure why they're pretending it's something it isn't. The Murano, now there's a car I'd have liked.
Honda, & At least Subaru if not others have inserted 'stops' in the CVT system. which gives the impression of gears. Basically it just moves the belt in increments, rather than simply 'sliding' up and down the pulleys.
Any CVT fitted car with flappy paddles and that is most of them, have predetermined 'gears' even SWMBO's 2012 Honda Jazz, whose CVT works brilliantly, does not scream it's nuts off on hard acceleration. There is an awful lot of cr@p written by people who have not driven a CVT since the original DAF. The modern CVT is a brilliant piece of kit. Subaru's latest Forester has received plaudits from reviewers for being the best gearbox for the car that it could have.
The ignorati (mainly magazine reviewers) who trash the CVT obviously don't have the brains to realise that if the so-called 'screaming engine' syndrome really bothers you, all you have to do is use the paddles and go up a gear or two.
I tried this on SWMBO's Jazz this morning and it works a treat, although her Jazz, at least, is not a screamer.
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