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13 December 2011

This is the version of Volvo s new range-topping V60 which will go on sale in 2012 priced at about

The V60 PHEV (plug-in hybrid vehicle) will be able to on two sources of power: a 215bhp diesel engine in the nose, the front wheels, plus a electric motor at the back, the rear wheels. The combination the V60 can run in a variety of modes: as a rear-wheel-drive car, a front-wheel drive car, or as a four-wheel-drive hybrid. can call up the various options on using a row of buttons on the centre or leave the car to make up its own mind as conditions dictate.

The electric including an 11.2kWh lithium-ion under the boot floor, a noticeable 300kg about the as a family of four. The result is an weight nudging uncomfortably to 2,000kg. Volvo spokespeople vaguely about still to put the car on some scales when I for the exact kerb weight, so I it may currently be the wrong side of two

Despite its heft, the power on tap is to sling Volvo s hybrid rest to 62mph in just 6.2 quicker than the early of 6.9 seconds. Mind you, will only be able to hit sports-car heights as long as is some juice left in the which will disappear all too with too much foot-to-the-floor

As a plug-in hybrid, this V60 be able to top up its batteries while needing 3.5 hours connected to a 240V socket to fully from flat or about an hour longer from a 13A Like other hybrids, the V60 can recoup energy while down, using the rear as a generator to top up the batteries while or descending hills. Volvo an electric-only range of 50km or 30 miles, and there s a button to the driver to preserve charge for during a long trip.

The front-to-rear split between and electric drive is still unusual most hybrids two sources of power to drive a axle. But Volvo is not alone in the through the road hybrid where the asphalt under the provides the link between and rear propulsion. Peugeot s system uses a similar although with a much powerful rear motor.

has needed to develop fiendishly software to seamlessly meld the of its hybrid into a safe and whole. The split powertrain interesting options: the rear can continue to drive while the automatic gearbox is busy ratios at the front, and four-wheel-drive is on slippery surfaces or while But equally, the split setup challenges the rear-biased braking of regeneration is potentially dangerous on a bend, so Volvo has written new control software specifically for car.

It will use the front discs to a safe braking balance at all according to Volvo s engineers.

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I ve a prototype V60 PHEV and can confirm Volvo has done a superb job in the joins. The car feels surprisingly agile, stable and responsive.

As well as various plug-in badges, the V60 PHEV will wear a new D6 label on its rump. signifies the increased power the current beefiest diesel on s menu, the D5, which offers the 2.4-litre engine but without the electric power. The new D6 badge is not for hybrids and could appear on diesels with close to in the future.

Volvo hopes to 4,000 to 6,000 examples of the V60 hybrid per year, once production starts in May 2013. The 1,000 cars, which be built starting in November will be sold in a special Limited specification, much the preview example in the pictures. in bright metallic silver gloss black accessories white-stitched black leather and wood inside, 17-inch and lots of toys.

Volvo insiders did let slip the limited-edition s colour scheme t exactly their first Suppliers working on a special for the V60 hybrid were hit by the devastating earthquake and tsunami back in delaying work by months. than press ahead a new paint of unknown durability, elected for an off-the-shelf silver.

It s a the silk white and pale finish of the V60 PHEV prototypes is to shiny silver and black, in my although the white paint probably be hell to keep

Volvo hopes to sell 130 of the initial batch in the UK. Once production commences in 2013, should fall a little but probably remain at the top of Volvo s list, unless lithium ion undergo an unexpected drop in Commercial project leader Rasmusson wouldn t give me a for the V60 s battery pack, but said my guess was at the low end of likely figures. We are not the decline in lithium ion battery predicted a couple of years he added. Those savings simply not materialised.

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