The /Drive Channel on YouTube usually showcases fantastic displays of horsepower, burnouts, exotic road tests, and a fair amount of motorsport analysis. So it caught us off guard a little bit when host Chris Harris — the same Chris Harris that has driven vehicles like the Porsche 918 and Pagani Huayra — is testing a humble Chevrolet Volt. Chris Harris, the critic, calls it “one of the most controversial cars of modern times.” It is a hybrid car with a petrol 1.4L gasoline engine, which works as a range extender. Through a clutch and CBD gearbox, it is able to connect directly to the wheels itself.
Harris said the car is all about context.
“If you have a 200 mile commute that involves going fast on a freeway or a motorway every single day, then the Volt is not for you,” Harris said. However, according to Harris, if you live in an urban area or suburban area and your commute to work and back is 25-30 miles, then you need to look at this thing.
The NVH (Noise Vibration and Harshness of the car) is uncanny, Harris said. He thinks it is better than a Rolls Royce Phantom, and he can speak normally, not needing to scream, all because there is no engine noise. He believes the silence and serenity will cause people to have better day and be calmer, in better moods because they are utilizing the Volt. We’ll have to ask resident Volt owner Manoli Katakis if that checks out.
Harris said not only do you get great lease deals but in its sport mode, you get roughly double the torque as normal, but naturally the battery juice is drained faster.
“This thing is adequately brisk, it really is,” Harris said.
You can watch the review in its entirety below: