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The Elio Automatic Transmission

Discussion in 'Elio Drivetrain' started by Floyd, Dec 21, 2013.

  1. Floyd

    Floyd Elio Fan

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    Is there any info on the automatic transmission?

    I test drove a Smart Car a few years ago that has a CVT (continuously variable transmission). The Smart CVT is totally unacceptable because it produces a pronounced 'lurch' when it shifts. I actually felt a bit motion sick from just a short test drive.

    Pleeeeeease tell me the Elio will avoid that ?!?!
     
  2. dgruis

    dgruis Elio Addict

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    As the owner of two smart cars, no smarts have CVT transmissions. They have manual transmissions with an automatic clutch. My Jeep Patriot does have a CVT transmission which Jeep inherited after their temporary merger with Mercedes. The CVT behaves no differently than other automatic transmissions, possibly better.
     
  3. Paul Heitzman

    Paul Heitzman Elio Fan

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    I want to be engaged in the experience with this car, so I will get the 5 speed and have no worries....
     
  4. Robert McWhirter

    Robert McWhirter Elio Addict

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    I want a automatic , I shift gears for a living and that's the last thing I want to do when I get off work! Lol
     
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  5. LGilbert

    LGilbert Elio Aficionado

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    Elio indicated to me that a double clutch type automatic is proposed, similar to the type used in exotic cars and F1 racers. This is not to be confused with a CVT. It has gears, but automatically preselects for potential up or down shifts, having the odd numbered gears on one shaft with its own clutch and the even numbered on another with another clutch. Shifting occurs when the clutches shift engagement (very quickly) and the engine rev-matches.
     
  6. NRB

    NRB Elio Addict

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    An automatic that that has a 5 gear ratio set up is fine. The CVT trans might be ""scooter Like "" in the Elio and hopefully that's out!
     
  7. Lightning

    Lightning New Member

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    Double clutch automatic? That is starting to sound exotic (pricey)? I just hope they can save their price point of 6800. I am gonna opt for the 5 spd manual. That is more a proven technology.
     
  8. jrm_cr_fl

    jrm_cr_fl Elio Enthusiast

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    Unfortunately my wife doesn't drive stick and refuses to learn, which is a good thing because she doesn't drive my 6-speed Veloster. I will have to opt for the auto on the Elio to keep peace in the house. I see that P4 has an auto in it, but it still does not have the IAV engine. I'm sure the auto came with the donor engine. We'll have to wait for the first P4 clone I guess.
     
  9. jtmarten

    jtmarten Elio Addict

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    A CVT should have no lurch when shifting as there are no 'gears'. My wife has a '12 Nissan Rogue with the CVT and it is smooth from start to stop.
    Def a manual for me as I'll want to tow it behind the motorhome.
     
  10. NRB

    NRB Elio Addict

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    Have a 2013 Sentra with CVT (constant velocity trans.) and works very well. However would rather have a 5 or 6 speed auto trans in the ELIO. The CVT in a 3 wheeler reminds me of the centrifical clutches in an old Cushman scooter and am past that! As for this donor engine (Metro Geo) and its built in trans----why are they still using this set up? Where is the IAV engine? Why not install one now and see where the mileage estimates will be instead of guessing ? RB
     

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