Thank you for this, very interesting indeed! I was just about to post a thread about the throttle mapping because I felt there may be something wrong with my CVT! Moving away from rest with very light and gentle throttle input, all is fine, but as you say, if you press the accelerator just slightly further, it suddenly launches off with the revs going immediately up to 3,000 and you're pinned back in your seat and heading very quickly towards the car in front. I guess then that there isn't anything wrong with mine, that's just the way they are. That's the thing with a CVT you really have to get to know it and learn how to drive it. Yesterday I felt I was getting to know mine a bit better and I was managing to avoid suddenly racing off, you just need really light throttle inputs and let it kind of "catch up" with itself, then if you apply a little more acceleration you can make smooth progress without a screaming engine. It does take practice though, and I can understand people who say they hate CVTs! However, once you've learned how to master them and got to know your car and how it responds, I think they are really good transmissions.
Try and activate the Eco mode (IIRC it affects the climate control so that it "hovers" around the set temperature (so the car occupants are less comfortable) and changes the DBW throttle sensitivity so you have to press harder than if you were not in Eco mode) and see if it softens the throttle inputs during stop/start traffic. I think it helped to soften the lurch forward for me but I could be imagining things. I'd say if you were to lend your car to someone else who is unfamilar with the sudden lurching that could really catch someone unawares. When I get the chance I want to test drive a 1.8L NA engined Civic with CVT to see if it exhibits the same behaviour.
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