Take the 2-minute tour ×
Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for mechanics and DIY enthusiast owners of cars, trucks, and motorcycles. It's 100% free, no registration required.

The 2013 Honda Accord has both 4 cylinder and 6 cylinder cars, however, only the 4 cylinder cars have a continuously variable transmission (CVT). I was wondering... is there any particular reason for this?

share|improve this question
add comment

1 Answer 1

up vote 2 down vote accepted

There's no fundamental reason you can't have a CVT with a 6-cylinder engine. The simplest explanations I can think of are:

  1. The market for CVT is people who want modern efficient vehicles, the opposite demographic of people who want 6- and 8-cylinder engines, and

  2. The CVT helps deliver the right amount of torque at a wide range of speeds, reducing the need for an over-powered engine.

share|improve this answer
4  
I also suspect that a CVT isn't strong enough to handle 200+ BHP/140+ kW. –  Juann Strauss Sep 25 '13 at 9:21
    
I hadn't thought of that but I suppose it's also a possibility. –  R.. Sep 28 '13 at 23:27
    
I make my living as a software developer. Don't take my word as gospel. –  Juann Strauss Sep 29 '13 at 8:16
    
I'm willing to bet that's it. It's probably a long-term reliability thing. All these new CVTs have yet to prove themselves with lots of power. Otherwise racers would be all over it (sanctioning body rules excepted). –  Nick Oct 7 '13 at 18:49
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.