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.