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      02-26-2013, 12:23 AM   #256
jdong
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Oh you can certainly change the gears to force the car into lower RPMs if you'd like. Another tip is after aggressive acceleration if the car is holding high RPMs, just slightly depress the accelerator pedal and hold it there for a second or two.
Thanks. Yeah, I thought that holding RPMs high was an artifact of the torque converter, and since there is no longer a torque converter, we essentially had more direct control? But it seems your that advice would apply to any automatic transmission.
It's actually not an artifact of the torque converter, it's the shift program of the automatic. After driving aggressively, the car assumes you aren't finished aggressively accelerating yet. Hence, it holds the engine at the optimal gear for the fastest acceleration possible until it is convinced you're done having fun. The fastest way to do that is to either to back to Comfort / D or to lightly and steadily apply throttle.
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