Drive train components (transmission, differential gears, etc.) can be made smaller and lighter if the excessive torque exerted on them can be reduced during the quick start of a vehicle. An orifice put in the hydraulic clutch piping path is an effective method. However, increased oil viscosity at low temperatures (0°C or below) makes the “pedal feel” worse. In order to increase the orifice diameter for better “pedal feel”, a shape memory alloy spring, for operation at low temperatures, was developed by adding cobalt to the nickel-titanium alloy. Consequently, a Variable-Orifice valve, using the shape memory alloy spring, is practical.