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Holden Volt - 85K

posted Aug 29, 2012, 11:31 PM by ema-1 ema-1
"Plant the accelerator pedal and there's a good amount of push from the 111kW/370Nm electric motor. Selecting Sport mode - even the eco-conscious like to have fun - makes the throttle more sensitive and the drivetrain's 370Nm of instantaneous torque come on more quickly. It'll sprint from 0-100km/h in a little more than nine seconds, Holden says. For the first 60-odd kilometres of our drive loop we ran on electric power only – not too bad considering the claimed range is 87km. After that, the car used the 1.4-litre petrol engine to recharge the battery pack on the move. It whirrs away under the bonnet at up to 3500 rpm, but it is an odd sensation that the engines revs have nothing to do with the way you're driving, because the petrol engine doesn't provide drive to the wheels. Over 300km, our fuel consumption was 4.2 litres per 100km, just a fraction over the official average consumption for a Toyota Prius. If we'd travelled a shorter distance, the equation would have swung more in favour of the Volt. Had we gone longer, the Prius would have come into its own. With 200 kilograms of batteries under the floor of the car it has a low centre of gravity, and through a mix of corners the Volt surprised in how flat it sat when pushed. The ride was comfortable at most speeds, though it was sharp at lower speeds"

"The big question is whether they'll pay $85,000 for it"