The overall system output for the T6 Twin Engine is 340 horsepower and 435 pound-feet, while the T8 makes 390 horsepower and 472 pound-feet. Remember how often you have to charge up your power-hungry smartphone? The result is a smorgasbord of propulsion: electric rear-drive to get you motoring or maintain motorway cruising, front-drive five-pot if the batteries are depleted, or both in all-wheel drive maximum attack. The V60 itself is a fantastic car. Taken together, the V60 Plug-In Hybrid will have 285 horsepower and 471 pound-feet of torque. In Europe, where 50 percent of all new cars are clean diesels, and many new cars are wagons, a plug-in hybrid wagon makes more sense. Earlier this year, , which it claimed would be up to 200 pounds lighter, more powerful than its current six-cylinder engines, and consume up to 35 percent less than its current four-cylinder engines.
So why examine a car which isn't even coming to the U. Plug it in, plug it in. The pre-conditioning function can also cool the batteries. The first Volvo with the D6 badge On the car's tailgate there is a D6 badge. I feel like giving him a gesture of solidarity, but wonder how a Londoner will take a raised fist from a random bloke in a white Volvo.
The most discerning customers have many exclusive cars to choose between. Pure Hybrid Power The driver selects the required driving mode via three buttons that give the car three entirely different temperaments: Pure, Hybrid or Power. The V60 also includes Run-off Road Mitigation, Oncoming Lane Mitigation and other steering assistance systems. The following symbols mean: Different parts are pointed out in the overview images. Kick down and you unleash the diesel-electric full monty. The City Safety with Autobrake technology uses automatic braking and detection systems to assist the driver in avoiding potential collisions, and is the only system on the market to recognize pedestrians, cyclists and large animals.
This corresponds to fuel consumption of 155. Technician Karl Richards arrives, reckoning the 12v battery that unlocks and helps start the car is flatter than a McLaren F1 team meeting. It elevates hybrid technology to an entirely new level. The development project was financed jointly by the two companies. Store setting: Hold the button depressed to store settings while depressing one of the memory buttons. The diesel engine and electric motor cooperate to ensure optimal balance between driving pleasure and environmental footprint. Gone too is the display informing you of which powertrain you're using and in its place a linear tachometer.
This corresponds to fuel consumption of just 1. In its last few days here, the hybrid system stopped taking any charge. Drive hard, and you can feel the heavy rear batteries having a pendulous effect on chassis balance, though the front wheels hang on tenaciously. The optional Cross Traffic Alert with autobrake further improves safety for people inside and outside the car. Volvo says this combination allows the V60 to sprint to 62 miles per hour in a respectable 5. In Pure mode, the V60 Plug-in Hybrid accelerates more slowly, but Volvo insists that its performance is still on par with other plug-in cars on the market.
You also suffer a pronounced wind whistle, and plentiful tyre roar on scored surfaces. Empty stretches of motorway and parked cars around town have triggered more than a dozen false alarms of red flashing lights and deafening beeps. Gear selection is also reassuringly simple and free from gimmicks. The ideal operating temperature for the battery pack is 20-30°C. In this all-electric mode we found the V60 capable of providing more than adequate acceleration and performance for an average commute, although for freeway commuting we recommend using one of the two hybrid drive modes for increased acceleration at higher speeds. And when the five-pot diesel does cut in, it does so as gently as it can.
Diesel front-drive, electric rear-drive or both united for all-wheel drive, this is a sophisticated system. One lap is about 10 miles, so that should be enough, congestion permitting… The first 1. The decent brakes are more linear than the snatchy hybrid norm, with the e-motor gently slowing and charging before the friction brakes act. About 30 per cent of total volume will go to Sweden and the other Nordic countries. Time to fill in the paperwork, and wait for the site visit to assess my suitability.
In central London, the plug-in V60 has found the place it can excel without compromise. Volvo claims there isn't enough interest yet in diesels in the U. An added benefit to the T8 Twin Engine powertrain is the ability to run on electric power for short amounts of time. Reach for the Peltors to avoid the raucous grumble on start-up, and perhaps a gas mask: I notice an acrid diesel smell as the fiddly sat-nav accepted the Marylebone Road destination. The judgments and opinions of Roadshow's editorial team are our own and we do not accept paid editorial content.