DOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake- and exhaust-valve timing
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
94 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
89 @ 4,400
Pulley-regulated continuously variable transmission with console shifter
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
2.39 - 0.43; Final Drive = 5.40
Dramatic difference between "D" and "B" shift modes on drag strip. In B, revs climbed to 6,000 much sooner than in D. That said, it is loud and shrieky in B at wide-open throttle, and I'll just say it, slow. Why does this CVT insert faux gearchanges when it's not at WOT, but does not do so at WOT?
Medium-firm pedal action and good fade resistance. Little dive or wander.
Slalom: With ESC off, the iQ is a momentum car, meaning as fast as I can throw it in, it scrubs speed by the end so that even going to WOT does little to improve its exit speed... so you learn to conserve momentum. Turn-in is very quick, transitions are quick, steering is quick, and it doesn't feel threatening in any way (e.g., tippy or top-heavy). Really fun. Skid pad: Just like in the slalom, the iQ is playful and capable with its willingness to rotate off-throttle without feeling twitchy. With ESC on, it would merely close the throttle a little sooner than I did with it off. Still fun even with ESC on.