Turbocharged, supercharged and electric motor combo to produce 406 PS
The upcoming 2015 Volvo XC90 will be highlighted by a new T8 variant - a hybrid plug-in that utilizes Volvo’s new Drive-E technology that will be both environmentally sound and powerful.
The T8 hybrid uses a 2.0 liter four cylinder gasoline engine that is both turbocharged and supercharged, producing 324 PS to power the front wheels.
The added 81 PS it gets comes from the electric motor at the rear axle that powers the rear wheels, thus achieving the 406 PS and a torque pull of 640 Nm.
In hybrid mode, both the systems work together; the supercharger governs the low-end range while the turbo kicks in at higher revs. The electric motor helps by immediately providing torque to the car. The driver can also switch to pure electric power, which has a full range of up to 40 kilometers.
Other variants of the Drive-E engine can be found on other models like the D5, which houses a twin-turbo diesel engine rated at 228 PS with 470 Nm of torque and a claimed 6L/100 km.
The D4 now uses a turbo diesel engine that is rated at 193 PS with 400 Nm of torque and a diesel mileage of 5L/100km.
Another gasoline variant that is in the T5 is rated at 258 PS and 350 Nm of torque.
Two gasoline engines are also made for the T5 and T6. The T5’s powerplant is rated at 258 PS with 320 Nm of torque while the T6 is derived from the T8 hybrid but runs without the electric motor.