Another Chuckles/haiku email exchange, part of the “shamelessly copied and pasted into a post, without ever asking their permission, they’ll see it soon enough” series:
Chuckles: Ah yes, just another 2.4 litre turbo diesel hybrid
Haiku: As a result I’m beginning to wonder who is the more confused re the definition of eco-friendly: moi, or Volvo ?
Chuckles: I suspect that for Volvo, being based in Sweden, and with a Swedish winter climate, the requirement to be able to extricate oneself from awkward situations at very low temperatures, coupled with the requirement to avoid getting into them in the first place, rather mandates a fair amount of available and applicable ‘grunt’ in the basic design?
Their designs always have huge amounts of torque and power, together with some very clever technology to make it available when critically needed. e.g. my elderly 850 estate push out 170 horsepower from its very sedate and untuned 2.5 litre engine, but still goes like the clappers when you lean on the loud pedal.
I literally drive the thing with by big toes gently touching the accelerator. (And even more so when you flip the economy/sport button to the ‘serious’ position, which remaps the auto change points and engine mapping).
Remember British Touring cars in the nineties? And don’t even mention the 850 T5 and similar, that turbo 2.5 of Volvos is a demon.
But, it also has a ‘winter’ setting, which (I seem to remember) locks the diff and pulls away in 3rd gear, for traction in really icy conditions. When we were snowed in in Manor House for 5 or 6 days, it was the only vehicle we had which could get going and out the gate to the shops and back.
It also gets about 32mpg in normal use, since the engine is essentially idling all the time – 70mph on the motorway is about 2400 rpm with the driver lifting foot all the time to avoid doing 95 or so.
That said, I quite like that hybrid… and believe me, that’s the first time I’ve EVER said that about a hybrid. Fast efficient, fuel saving, and 4WD when you need it. What’s not to like, other than it’s a diesel turbo?
Ian Hills [Britain Today and incidentally, check out the post on the IRA]: Beats me where you find the time to make so many posts. Or perhaps I’m just an idle blogger.
Ian, the above are two reasons I never run out of material and in fact get inundated. The news feeds are critical to this blog.