Honda Fit Prototype Review: "dual - Clutch Transmission Could Still Use Some Refining"


Update : Honda reveals next-gen Fit HybridThere are a lot of pros to dual-clutch transmissions, but I still haven't met a car that lives up to my clutch control expectations.

With all the starting and stopping that's required in a short amount of time, and the angling that's needed to get a vehicle into a tight parking spot, I've always had the feeling that DCTs are really suited to the driving style in Japan.

 

Here, Honda came up with the idea of having the electric motor handle the areas that the DCT is at a disadvantage. They developed a hybrid system pairing an electric motor with a DCT. This would eliminate shift shock at low speeds and provide better control and durability. All this information made me eager to get behind the wheel.

While keeping in mind that the vehicle was a prototype, I have to admit that it wasn't the smoothest ride. It may have been to provide increased efficiency, but the front and back gears would frequently and suddenly switch up when I let it coast, & the idling time after releasing off the accelerator felt very unnatural. It also felt like I was stepping on a wall when I pushed down on the brake pedal.

Although the system is highly developed, the driving experience left something to be desired and I probably wouldn't recommend it at this point. However, I'm expecting these issues to be resolved by the time it goes on sale.

On the other hand, the gasoline RS was quite impressive. The 2nd generation model released in 2010 had been greatly improved with just a few minor changes and, at the time, I felt that the engine had been overlooked. The issue was resolved in the prototype and I was very impressed by its great handling.

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