Originally posted by beonedge
@Jan 11 2004, 01:53 AM
the phaeton was only 64k. the 500 will be 25k and is ONLY 200HP. even with the CVT option.
WTF is CVT anyway? the top model will cost 28k
CVT is an acronym for Continuously Variable Transmission.
A conventional CVT has an infinite (or a very large number) of gear ratios. It selects a ratio that can deliver to the wheels the power being demanded by the driver, but keeps the engine spin rate low within this constraint to improve economy and engine life. You can imagine that as the car picks up speed, the transmission continually shifts into a slightly higher gear. The result is that the pitch of the engine tone stays fairly constant and the acceleration falls off smoothly, instead of in steps, as the higher gear ratios have a smaller multiplying effect on the engine torque.
The advantages of a CVT (selection of the best gear ratio at all times to balance performance and economy) are considerably offset by efficiency and reliability problems. Efficient and durable toothed gears, the mainstay of step transmissions, cannot be used. Instead, an arrangement of belts and pulleys is necessary with a mechanism to vary the effective diameter at which the belt passes around the pulley.
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By the way...loving this:
The Stang and GT look totally vicious