Volvo unveils new 2.0L 444bhp powertrain
Snapshot: The 444 bhp High Performance Drive-E Powertrain Concept is based on a set of technologies not usually found in a four cylinder engine.
Volvo has introduced a High Performance Drive-E Powertrain Concept - a triple boost 2-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine power of 444 bhp. The 444 bhp High Performance Drive-E Powertrain Concept is based on a set of technologies not usually found in a four cylinder engine. The engine utilises two parallel turbochargers, which are fed by an electrically powered turbo-compressor. The earlier range-topping engine in Volvo artillery used to deliver 245bhp.
With this kind of power density, this triple boost installation and unique fuel system enables a very dynamic drivability without any turbo lag, compared to a mono-turbo. Dr. Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President for Research and Development at Volvo Car Group, said “When we launched the Drive-E powertrain family, our aim was to deliver the most advanced 4-cylinder engines in the industry based on emissions and fuel consumption relative to performance and drivability. We knew that 320 hp in our petrol configuration was just a starting point. The 450 hp High Performance Drive-E Powertrain Concept demonstrates this ambition and the versatility of the Drive-E Powertrains.”
The High Performance Drive-E Powertrain Concept attracted the attention and involvement of Volvo Cars suppliers AVL, Denso and Volvo Polestar Racing at an early stage, which allowed theories and technologies from racing applications to be infused in the development process. “It may sound odd, but this 450 hp powertrain concept is an important part of the Drive-E development program. Down-sizing must offer customers attractive and usable power for broad scale emissions reduction to work. Compact powertrains free up space and weight in the structure of the car, which can be used for electrification and even further emissions reduction. And that is our ultimate ambition,” concludes Dr. Mertens.
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