Chevrolet Volt Z-Spec Concept unveiled at the 2010 SEMA Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 3, 2010

If you are a fan of the new 2011 Chevy Volt, then you should definitely check this out: behold the new Volt Z-Spec Concept. Yes, the bad news is that it is just a concept, but the good news is that the car actually previews the things that are about to come.

As you can see from the photos, the new car comes with new features such as lower rocker panels and lower front fascia, grille, taillamps, 19-inch wheels and exterior graphics.

Furthermore, the car comes with the so-called Icy White Metallic paint, black chrome satin finish on the grille, belt moldings and outside rearview mirrors and a billet aluminum Chevy "brand bar".

Inside, the car features custom Z-Spec graphic door inserts, a new set of racing-style pedals, custom leather-wrapped, flat-bottom steering wheel with Z-Spec logo, a new set of Recaro leather-trimmed front seats with orange accent stitch and new custom Z-Spec floor mats.

The ground-breaking Voltec propulsion system is what drives the Volt Z-Spec. This system has a lithium-ion battery pack which gives 16 kWh of power and electric drive unit capable of reaching 25 and 50 miles under moderate conditions and which is dependent on different factors like battery age, driving method, temperature, and terrain.

The mileage has been based on results from GM' tests though estimates from the EPA have yet to be made available. It has a low-speed torque at around 273 lb-ft., or about 368 Nm. The instantaneous torque also means that driving an electric motor can in fact be spirited. Top speed is 100 mph with acceleration from 0 to 60 mph just below 9.0 seconds.

It can also reach a quarter of a mile in just 17.0 seconds or even less. When the charge of the battery goes down to a certain level, the 1.4-liter engine of the Volt gives the needed power to the electric motors. In certain conditions, the power can be supplemented using the engine's power.

Under this mode, the Volt is able to get excellent performance; thus it is able to run for hundreds of miles on a full battery charge and a single tank of fuel. Thus, this means that the Volt can be used anywhere and anytime.

Press Release

Chevrolet Volt Z-Spec Concept

Chevrolet's all-new, 2011 Volt electric vehicle with extended range is establishing an entirely new segment in the global automotive market. The five-door, four-passenger Volt is designed to provide the benefits of an electric vehicle without limitations.

Along with its groundbreaking electric drive system, the Volt is also a stylish sedan filled with high-tech features. The Volt Z-Spec concept is a natural extension of the style of the production version.

The Z-Spec concept demonstrates a cohesive design with a family of factory-engineered accessories and the best of the aftermarket under a single theme. On the Volt Z-Spec concept, the unique features include unique lower rocker panels and lower front fascia, grille, taillamps, 19-inch wheels and exterior graphics. Although the Z-Spec parts are only concepts at the moment, they're being considered for production.

The Volt Z-Spec is driven by the revolutionary Voltec propulsion system, which consists of a 16-kWh lithium-ion battery pack and electric drive unit that provide pure electric range between 25 and 50 miles in moderate conditions, depending on terrain, driving techniques, temperature and battery age. (Mileage based on GM testing. EPA estimates not yet available.)

The Volt's instantaneous torque proves electric driving can be spirited. Not only does the Volt reach a top speed of 100 mph, the electric drive unit's excellent low-speed torque of 273 lb.-ft. (368 Nm) takes it from 0 to 60 mph in less than 9.0 seconds and the quarter mile in less than 17.0 seconds.

Once the battery charge drops below a certain level, the Volt's extended-range 1.4L engine kicks in to provide power to the Volt's electric motors, which under some conditions can be supplemented with power from the engine itself. This mode provides excellent performance and allows the Volt to travel hundreds of miles on a single tank of fuel and a full battery. This freedom allows the Volt to be driven anytime and anywhere.

VEHICLE HIGHLIGHTS

Exterior:

  • "Icy White" Metallic paint
  • Lower rocker panels and lower front fascia
  • Black chrome satin finish on the grille, belt moldings and outside rearview mirrors
  • Billet aluminum Chevy "brand bar"
  • Rear fascia
  • Rear tail lamps
  • Graphics package
  • 19-inch GM Accessory wheels

Interior:

  • Custom Z-Spec graphic door inserts
  • Racing-style pedals
  • Custom leather-wrapped, flat-bottom steering wheel with Z-Spec logo
  • Recaro leather-trimmed front seats with orange accent stitch
  • Custom Z-Spec floor mats

The 2011 Chevrolet Volt will be available in CA, TX, MI, NY, NJ, CT and Washington, DC at the end of 2010.

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