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I realize with the CVT2 trans, the rpms are meant to stay the same all the time (for the most part), but at what speed do they actually start to rise? I'm trying to figure out at what cruising speed the highway mpg numbers will surely drop.
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Dunno lol. Sil or one of the other Caliber owners should be able to help you out. :D
 

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the one I test drove, the RPMs were all over the place depending on how hard I was puching the pedal, but you never felt any difference in the pull of the car (no shifting of any sort is felt). and the car is faster than it feels
 

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Throttle response determines RPM setting for the CVT. At full throttle, the RPMs hover aroun 5,500 until 50 then they move to 6,500 and remain until it tops out.
 

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Silverfox said:
Throttle response determines RPM setting for the CVT. At full throttle, the RPMs hover aroun 5,500 until 50 then they move to 6,500 and remain until it tops out.
Yeah, what Silverfox and Ramsport47 say. That's mainly because we're driving in cities. I'm sure if we were on the Bonneville Salt Flats that the rpms would be more steady... ?

When I drive on the freeway (60-70mph) the rpms are around 2-3k. When I step-on-it to pass someone the rpms jump up past 4-5k then settle back down to between 2-3k. It's really quite a neat thing the CVT is.
 

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Yeah, what Silverfox and Ramsport47 say. That's mainly because we're driving in cities. I'm sure if we were on the Bonneville Salt Flats that the rpms would be more steady... ?

When I drive on the freeway (60-70mph) the rpms are around 2-3k. When I step-on-it to pass someone the rpms jump up past 4-5k then settle back down to between 2-3k. It's really quite a neat thing the CVT is.
Ok, 2-3k. Anybody know if they can stay that low up to like 80MPH?
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Hi, at around 120kph the car feels like it is barely labouring.. I would say rpm sit around 2300-2500 at this speed. As someone said earlier due to the lack of shifting the car doesn't feel as fast as it really is. The car drives very smoothly due to the cvt and I find I have to really watch the speed in the city as you just don't realize how fast you are going.

I have the SXT so its the 2.0L engine I am referring to.
 

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The revs will slowly drop as you remain at a certain speed as the CVT opens itself. It will lower the RPMs to the least possible level to maintain the speed. At 80 with cruise control on, I've seen it getto about 2,750. :)
 

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The revs will slowly drop as you remain at a certain speed as the CVT opens itself. It will lower the RPMs to the least possible level to maintain the speed. At 80 with cruise control on, I've seen it getto about 2,750. :)
Great info, Silverfox!! So.... in the old snowmobiling days we used to play around with clutch (engine side) springs and weights, for engagement RPM and "rate" of cone closing........someone no doubt will start playing with this JatcoII........:eek::)The specs for this global engine put peak torque at 5200rpm or 4400rpm from the DCM press kit.....which I guess for a 4 banger is relatively normal these days.:eek:
 

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That's Sil for you..always knowing everything...psshh :D:D:D
 
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