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Old 01-17-2020, 07:09 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by RedDevil View Post
The CVT maxes out quite tall though. 2000 RPM at 100 km/h (62 mph) or 1200 RPM at 60 km/h. It bottoms out at 1100 RPM.

Would be nice if it had a direct drive option to bypass the CVT at that ratio. Honda missed a golden opportunity.

I wonder how much gains there are to be made at the tall end.

Recent CVT innovations seem to be at the bottom end - like Toyota doing a fixed 1st gear for "conventional" feeling launches, and the JATCO CVT in the Mirage/Spark/Versa with the 2-speed sub-gearbox that shifts at low speed so the pulleys have 2 ranges.
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