Volvo Goes Death Metal With Triple-Turbo Two-Liter Four

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon

Channelling its inner Viking death metal chef spirit, Volvo has unleashed a concept 2-liter turbo-four delivering 450 horsepower with the help of three turbochargers.

Automotive News reports the concept Drive-E engine — developed with help from Volvo Polestar Racing — would deliver more punch per liter than other engines — such as the Bugatti Veyron’s 1,200-horsepower 8-liter quad-turbo — were it to go into production; Volvo says the engine is only a concept, and hasn’t said if it will build the engine.

Unlike old-school turbocharged engines that use exhaust to create power, the Drive-E “triple-boost” engine uses an electric turbo to drive compressed air into the other two turbos, quickly spooling up the power while eliminating lag.

Cameron Aubernon
Cameron Aubernon

Seattle-based writer, blogger, and photographer for many a publication. Born in Louisville. Raised in Kansas. Where I lay my head is home.

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  • Corey Lewis Corey Lewis on Oct 14, 2014

    2025 Craigslist Ad: 4Sale 2018 Volvo S60 TTT4 (that's the good triple-turbo one). Silver on black, 89K miles, has turbo problem. BLIS, pw, pl, pm, heated seats work great. Needs tires 2. EZ Fix. $9400 OBO.

    • 319583076 319583076 on Oct 14, 2014

      I would amend that from "EZ fix." To "Mechanic friend says ez fix, only needs $10 part."

  • Heavy handle Heavy handle on Oct 14, 2014

    This article confirms the rumor that Volvo hired a bunch of ex-Saab engineers. Let's hope they got some chassis engineers as well. The recent (Ford-era) Volvos I've driven all had appallingly bad ride and handling. No feel, no feedback, and a stomach-raising front-back float (as opposed to up-down).

  • Redav Redav on Oct 15, 2014

    "Channeling its inner Viking death metal chef spirit" So many places to go with this. Is there something we don't know about the Swedish Chef? Is "Bork, bork, bork!" actually a battle song (he sings while wielding his cleaver)? The last time I was in Norway, the taxi from the airport was driven by a little southeast Asian woman who was playing a Viking war metal CD. Breaking down stereotypes while simultaneously reinforcing them--well played.

  • JimC2 JimC2 on Oct 18, 2014

    Maybe this engine will be featured in a Swedish remake of the movie, "The Wraith."