In just four years after the first GM introduced the Chevrolet Volt concept as an exotic technology, which will be sold as a real production machine. We drove the 2011 Chevrolet Volt in a variety of circumstances, and the report that the Volt is actually a real car.
GM, the Volt has become attractive concept presented at the Detroit Auto Show in 2007, but says that many signs from striking concept version. closed grill is a visible sign was made in the production version, while the conic curves in the front and clean lines in the rear (including a small spoiler), are in style to manage the Volt aerodynamics.
The Volt concept a few years ago, a radical vision in a radical way of thinking of the game. We hope that the Volt by 2011, a little ‘more distinctive, and revolutionary in the way of, for example, the Toyota Prius, Honda Insight original, or even the GM EV1.
In profile, we feel not only personally, as the cars that are more similar to the Volt, the hybrid Toyota Prius in 2010 and 2011 Nissan electric sheet. Like the Volt, each of them is a five-door sedan with a low coefficient of drag. And is immediately recognizable for 100 steps. We are not confident that the Volt is distinctive.
In a sense, this is a sin. We are all predictable and not to discourage consumers who may be discouraged by the idea of new technologies. But we wonder if the Chevy a bit ‘may have erred on the side of conservatism.
But not a prudent pilot to enjoy the Volt. It accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in about nine seconds, with its declining performance stenosis of 0 to 40. Top speed is limited to 100 kmh.
So what is 2011 volts as mixed use, that run on electricity from the battery at 16 kilowatts per hour and the engine power from 111 kW to 80 hp 1.4 liter 55 kW generator? After 40 kilometers or more, when the engine becomes imperceptible to the driver, but, curiously, barely visible in the passenger does not change the performance. While the Volt may be two very different ways, their response or driving feel is different once you start to burn gasoline.
The acceleration is quick from a standing start, we are relieved to see that they were still capable of an inside front wheel when accelerating hard from a corner and the steering, handling and brakes are not as disconnected as you might expect the spin .