Originally Posted by subiTWO
There is NO lag when using the paddles. The ratio starts changing immediately. Of course, it will take a split second to get all the way to the new ratio, but not more than a tenth or two of a second, for a large gap like 1st to 2nd.
And I covered launches before. They're called brake-stands.
It's called torquing the drive train. It's not a good thing to do regularly as I'm sure you know. The ratio changing is noticeable, and extremely annoying as it's slower than a good manual shift if the driver knows what they are doing. As I said, the CVT does it's job and it does it well, but if a responsive and enjoyable driving experience is what you are after, then that's not its place. In theory a CVT should be able to accelerate faster and better than a manual, and the Forester XT is a good example of this, where it's actually tuned to do so. In reality though, there is just less you are controlling on the car, you are simply sending commands to a computer, and that is just not as fun, nor as fast (unless your car cost over 70k).