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Old 03-17-2020, 01:27 PM   #35 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by MeteorGray View Post
OK alcom, thanks for that.

Darn, I was hoping the Forester's CVT enabled the lower RPMs as earlier reported. I have always been a fan of slow-turning engines to reduce internal friction and increase longevity and efficiency, but I guess it was too much.

Oh well, c'est la vie.
There's a sweet spot in LOD for maximum efficiency, and Subaru's CVT has its eye on that. The engine has variable valve timing, but 1,800 RPM is still near the bottom of the torque curve.

I've been limiting my highway speed to 90 KPH whenever possible. We used to do that in the 70's, and it's time to have a good, hard look at it again. No matter what your rig, your fuel efficiency goes up by 30 percent compared to 120 KPH.
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