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New Volvo S80 with V8 and new inline-six

New Volvo S80.

The new Volvo S80 to be unveiled at the 76th Geneva motor show.

1st February 2006.

Volvo has just unveiled the first official pictures of the all new Volvo S80, which will make its world première at the 76th Geneva Motor Show (2-12 March 2006) before sales start in June 2006

The E-segment sedan (known as the Executive category as well) of the Swedish manufacturer aims to challenge the class leaders such as the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, BMW 5-Series, Audi A6, Lexus GS and others similar models, not only with technology, since all have it anyway, but with its intrinsic... Scandinavian luxury.

Since a V8 availability is a must in this segment, preferably with rear-wheel drive, a V8 engine will be offered in combination with four-wheel drive (the basic model is front-wheel drive), besides an entirely new in-line six-cylinder engine and other advanced technologies in the bid to attract the most demanding car buyers.

According to the Ford-owned Swedish luxury brand, Scandinavian luxury radiates a different, more human prestige (read: less Teutonic?) by combining aesthetics and technology in an inviting and intelligent way. It differs from traditional luxury, which bases its appeal, according to Volvo, on being elitist, expensive and "excluding".

In the all new S80, Volvo Scandinavian luxury is expressed in a design that is elegantly simple, technology is practical and enjoyable in every detail – with responsibility in terms of safety and environmental care.

Volvo S80 - rear view.

New Volvo S80 with V8, inline-6 or 5 cylinders, front- or all-wheel drive.

“The new S80 is about evolutionary design. All the shapes and materials represent a continuous development of our design language. On the outside we have given the S80 a more compact, youthful and dynamic stance. Inside we have created an even more inviting atmosphere with refined materials and colours that blend smoothly with smart, user-friendly technology,” explains Volvo Cars’ design director Steve Mattin.

The second-generation S80 will be available with Volvo’s compact, transversely fitted V8 with a power output of 315 horsepower and 440 Nm of torque (sourced from Yamaha and was first introduced in the Volvo XC90), four catalytic converters and advanced electronics to make it one of the cleanest V8s on the market.

Volvo S80: Scandinavian luxury.

The all new S80 also showcases the introduction of an entirely new naturally aspirated six-cylinder engine, a unit so compact that it is about the same size as Volvo’s five-cylinder engines. It can be mated to a six-speed automatic transmission since the camshaft drive mechanism and the ancillaries have been relocated and partially integrated into the engine block itself. 

The new in-line six has a displacement of 3.2 litres and it produces 238 horsepower. The maximum torque of 320 Nm provides rapid acceleration. 

The engine range also includes a five-cylinder 2.5 litre turbo with 200 horsepower and 300 Nm of torque, as well as the latest generation of Volvo’s in-house developed five-cylinder turbodiesel with 185 horsepower and 400 Nm of torque.

New Volvo S80 - interior

Refined materials blend smoothly with smart, user-friendly technology.

Volvo’s largest sedan model is available with All-Wheel Drive, initially in combination with the V8 engine.

The all new S80 could also come with the active Four-C chassis, which automatically adjusts chassis settings to better suit the current driving conditions. DSTC (Dynamic Stability and Traction Control) is fitted as standard.

The safety level is world-class. Among the features are a further developed and patented structure and new active safety systems.

The all new S80 will be the first Volvo model to feature Adaptive Cruise Control with Collision Warning and Brake Support.

Volvo new S80 - front view.

Active Bi-Xenon headlights turn the beam in the direction of the road.

This system encompasses two functions:

- The adaptive cruise control automatically maintains a selected distance to the vehicle in front.

- If the adaptive cruise control is not being used and the gap to the vehicle in front closes so fast that a collision is likely, the system alerts the driver by activating a buzzer and warning lights. At the same time, the braking system is prepared for the situation to make braking more effective.

The new S80 has active Bi-Xenon headlights that turn the beam of light in the direction of the bending road to provide the best possible visibility.

The advanced PCC (Personal Car Communicator) remote control unit is a world first. PCC features a number of intelligent functions. Even before the driver gets to the car, he or she can check the security level, for example if the car is locked or whether the alarm has been activated.

A heartbeat sensor warns if someone is hiding inside the car.

The new S80 can be equipped with Volvo’s Premium Sound audio system. A Digital ICE Power amplifier from Alpine, Dolby Pro Logic II Surround and loudspeakers from Dynaudio of Denmark interact to create an audio experience of high quality.

Volvo hopes to achieve a high conquest rate amongst premium sedan customers. From an average volume of 50,000 units a year, it expects up to 70 percent of the S80 units to be sold to customers who do not drive a Volvo today, with the main markets being the USA, Germany, Spain, Sweden and China.

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