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
(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
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
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
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
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.
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.
materials blend smoothly with smart,
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.
Bi-Xenon headlights turn the beam in the
direction of the road.
This system encompasses two
- The adaptive cruise control
automatically maintains a selected distance to the vehicle
- 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
The advanced PCC
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.
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
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.