PHOTO CAPTION: Chevrolet Volt Z-Spec concept car.

Chevy Volt Gets Z-Spec Treatment

GM's extended range electric car sports customization features for SEMA show.

Published: 04-Nov-2010

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 concept combines the Volt's advanced electric propulsion technology with the flair of Z-Spec, because efficiency and high style needn't be mutually exclusive," said Paul Arnone, lead designer. "The Z-Spec enhancements give the vehicle a sportier look that doesn't affect its electric driving range or overall efficiency."

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.

* "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

* 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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