In some form or another SH-AWD will be used all the time. Reason being is everytime you accelerate it will transfer some percentage of power to the rear wheels. How much will depend on how hard you accelerate, but during any type of acceleration the AWD will move to a rear bias. Even during average spirited cornering it will be used. Remember, most of us will agree that with a 58/42 front weight bias and a transverse mounted engine, the RL technically should show signs of understee, plowing and torque steer from the uneven half shafts. That is one complaint about the 04 TL after all. It becomes obvious that since nearly every review thus far has shown the RL to be neutral and even being able to swing the rear around corners that the system is working to mask if you will the traits of a front heavy transverse mounted engine car. The question now becomes when will the system no longer be able to cover up these traits? I for one think that level is quite high for a 3800lb car and 99% of us will not reach it. I'm not saying SH-AWD will save every stupid move by a driver, but I do think it will save a lot of dumb moves by driver and also offer "Fun" traits to those of us willing to push the car a bit further than a normal buyer would.proe said:I think the biggest thing about having SHAWD on RL is I do not know how many people will actually use it. Not many, I assume.
On the other hand, I believe ATTESA ET-S was developed for track initially and has been used on track for almost 16 years.
So, until Honda will use SHWAD on its race cars if they do have one or they transfer it to other Japanses automakers, which in Japan all automakers share info quite often, not like here, I think it may be a shame.
Also, you bring up an interesting point about using SH-AWD in Honda race cars. Have you been following F1 this season? Remember when BAR/Honda wanted to use their torque transfer case up front to limmit brake lockup on the front wheels under heavy breaking? Now, I'm not saying this technology they wanted to use was SH-AWD as we know it, but it shared a very similar concept in that it would releave, or transfer torque to the other wheel when it sensed wheel lock on on that particular wheel. It was also electronicly controlled thus the FIA would not allow BAR/Honda to use it. Late in the season though they did use a fully mechanical version of it. Now I have no actual knowlege of exactly how this device worked, but my guess (And I could be totally wrong) is that the original electronically controlled version used electro mechanical clutches similar to SH-AWD.