Its not a matter of it being distracting. Its about it taking a nonzero quantity of time. And during that time, the effective wheel torque is negative.vrouv06 said:anyone who knows how to drive stick shift is definatly not distracted with shifting.
You are a little late to the party. :lol: There have been CVTs in various automobiles over the last several decades. This is not something new to "catch on". There are new devlopments in the concept, such as toroidal units and so on.I personally dont like the sound of this CVT thing and dont think it will catch on.
Its a POS American [shizzle]box. Since when did anyone care about how quick they are? Have you ever driven a stock Neon, Cavalier, Cobalt, Escort, or Focus? They are all cheaply built, ugly, slow as death, and above all cheap. The people that are going to buy a base model Caliber don't give two [shizzle]s how fast it goes. Especially since a good portion of them will be rentals.I also dont think if the Dodge Caliper is as slow as dsr30 says it wont last very long.
I'll say it again: While I'd personally rather shift a simple synchronized single layshaft 5 speed box myself, there is no way in hell you are going to beat an autmobile equipped with a CVT or twin-input transmission like the VW group's DSG in any sort of race with an equivalent 5MT or 6MT equppied car. Period. More ratios are better, and eliminating shifts is better. Not only is it faster, it also has the potential to reduce fuel consumption and emissions.
40 years ago, there were probably a lot of car guys bemoaning idiot-proof synchronized transmissions and hoping they'd never catch on. Today, there are no series production automobiles sold without synchronizers in the transmissions.