Overall, I like much about newer cars but one thing I don’t like is electronic throttle control. I hate the lag time between tromping the gas and the computer deciding that the engine and transmission have permission to launch in situations when I need immediate fast response. My 2007 Impala had especially slow response. My current 2014 Camry is much better but still has that momentary hesitation while the computer thinks. All cars I test drove with electronic throttle had that same “I’m thinking about it” computer delay.
Both my earlier cars, 1973 Corolla and 1987 Olds, had mechanical throttle linkage (if I have the correct term) which gave immediate response. As did my parents’ cars. Granted, the four anemic hamsters powering the '73 Corolla were s.l.o.w. to gain speed but the throttle response was immediate. Oh and how the impressive low end torque of the '87 Olds 3.8 L engine paired with mechanical throttle linkage made for very satisfactory rabbit leaps when needed.
So why does computer controlled electronic throttle have that brief hesitation when there is need for sudden maximum response?
In this particular instance, computer electronic control of systems seems less effective than old-fashioned mechanical linkage. Am I missing something in the bigger picture that is truly better with the electronic throttle?