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I was searching around and all I get are the specs for the SRT-4. But until it comes out I was thinking of getting an RT. Does anyone have the performance specs like 0-60 or braking distance for the se, sxt and RT? Consumer guide stated 10.8 - 11.2 depending on the model. Seems a little on the high side, I would think that thr RT could at least out run my wifes 2001 PT Cruiser limited which comes in at around 8.9 sec to 60 when it was stock :confused: .
 

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I'm willing to bet that it gets better than 10 seconds.....
 

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Oh, good..I was beginning to worry..:D
 

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I have the R/T model and it really only has the advantage in the Mid Range power band. The off the line may be slightly slower than the non-R/T model. I drove a bunch of non-R/Ts and a friend has one that I have driven and feel his is quicker on take off, Well until I get done with adding my options to the R/T heh heh heh!!!
 

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OrangeRT said:
I have the R/T model and it really only has the advantage in the Mid Range power band. The off the line may be slightly slower than the non-R/T model. I drove a bunch of non-R/Ts and a friend has one that I have driven and feel his is quicker on take off, Well until I get done with adding my options to the R/T heh heh heh!!!


Does the AWD CVT just "feel funny" when you want to drive aggressively? Like you're waiting for a shift that never happens - so it just feels slow?
 

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Nah! It really is just a touch slower in my opinion. I believe Dodge rates it a bit slower too! I work on cars for a living and drag race. I have a good butt-o-meter. Mid range is better though and WOW the handling is great.

The CVT is pretty cool though. But I really hated rebuilding Subaru Justy CVT trannys from 1990 though, the 1997 hondas are not that much of treat either!

Most of the time if I want to drive spirited, I Auto stick through the 6 "GEARS" and love doing it.
 

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OrangeRT said:
Nah! It really is just a touch slower in my opinion. I believe Dodge rates it a bit slower too! I work on cars for a living and drag race. I have a good butt-o-meter. Mid range is better though and WOW the handling is great.

The CVT is pretty cool though. But I really hated rebuilding Subaru Justy CVT trannys from 1990 though, the 1997 hondas are not that much of treat either!

Most of the time if I want to drive spirited, I Auto stick through the 6 "GEARS" and love doing it.


I can only imagine how hard it'd be to work on that Jatco JF011E
http://www.jatco.co.jp/ENGLISH/PRODUCTS/CVT_IMAGES/DL/JF011E_H.jpg
 

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All you'd be doing is screwing up the torque converter if you N-bombed the CVT. ;)
 

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Not related to the CVT but...

One fine day my sister was doing about 35mph in my 89 Golf and threw the manual into reverse (I have no idea what she was thinking). Can you say, "dropped transmission"? VW replaced the whole thing free of charge no questions asked!
 

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dommo_g said:
What would that CVT do if you did a neutral drop at like 5k RPM? $5 paypal to anyone that does it and posts video.
LOL that would be worth more then $5 LOL, well it is under warranty if anyone does do it!;)

I wouldn't though, I could not see doing that to a Caliber:mad::(
 

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I'd pay money to see that...:D
 

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Amandyke said:
You mean a brake stand? There's no clutch that you can control, so you can't really do that.
Neutral --> Rev --> Drive = Neutral drop.
And does the CVT even have a torque converter?
 

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IMO, if that CVT has an internal mechanical clutch.... I'd like to learn how it works :) I thought only the DSG trannies did that fancy clutching for the driver in a full-sized car...

 

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dommo_g said:
Most CVTs eliminate the need for a torque converter, because the transmission itself is taking on that task, but I don't know about the Caliber CVT.
I don't know a ton about auto mechanics, but, I thought the CVT *is* the transmission...?
 
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