Honda Legend Review

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Honda Legend

Honda Legend

Review

Where the Honda Legend may lack a little in the performance stakes, it certainly makes up it with the Ride and Handling.

20 February 2007 MAC

How It Drove – Ride and Handling

Where the Honda Legend may lack a little in the performance stakes, it certainly makes up it with the Ride and Handling.

Honda’s four wheel drive system – Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) which is standard on the Legend is class leading. And it turns what might have been a mediocre executive car into something rather interesting.

While some All Wheel Drive (AWD) systems can distribute torque between the front and rear using a centre differential, or between left and right rear wheels using a rear differential, the Honda Legend is able to simultaneously control torque from front to back and regulate lateral torque to the rear wheels. In normal driving and mild cornering, the system can deliver up to 70 per cent of the available torque to the front wheels, and 30 per cent to the rear. But during heavy throttle use or more engaging driving, up to 70 per cent of torque is directed to the rear wheels for increased acceleration and enhanced cornering ability.

At the heart of the system is a clever Rear Drive Unit, which uses twin, direct electromagnetic clutches to distribute torque across the rear wheels. Firstly, the Legend’s ECU calculates where the torque should go for optimum performance, based on input from engine speed, wheel speed, steering angle and lateral G sensors.

The feed of torque is then controlled by the Rear Drive Unit, which varies the magnetic forces to either clutch, pushing the available torque to one side or the other.

Honda Legend

Up to 70 per cent of the available torque can be fed to the outer rear wheel, significantly improving stability and reducing the effects of understeer. Conversely, if the Legend is decelerating during cornering, which might normally upset the balance of the car, the torque distribution is adjusted accordingly to help keep the car stable.

Because the outer rear wheel follows a path that’s wider than the average path of the front wheels, the Rear Drive Unit also includes an acceleration device, that ‘overdrives’ the rear wheel by up to five per cent. This means the extra torque given to that wheel can be transmitted efficiently to the road.

That’s the theory and in practice Honda’s SH-AWD system works very well, even on the snow covered roads (there is even a snow mode) we met in Wales it took a lot to upset the Legend. On dry and even damp roads the car remains very neutral through even the most demanding bends, only when your enthusiasm gets the better of you is there a slight hint of oversteer before the Legend kicks you back in line.

The steering is not perfect and can lack a little precision at times but the ride is very good although not class leading.

If you ran the Legend back to back with a BMW 5 Series, I very much doubt that the 5 Series would follow you around the bends with such enthusiasm and safe predicable handling.

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