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2009-03-18 07:10
Volvo’s facelifted S80, shown by Volvo at the Gene

Volvo’s facelifted S80, shown at the Geneva auto show recently. Imagine driving around in this with only 80kW on tap? If you are an environmental fetishist with a thing for underpowered large saloon, Volvo’s latest DRIVe cars are for you.

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Volvo
Model S80 DRIVe
Engine 1.6, in-line four, turbodiesel
Power 80kW
Torque 240Nm
Volvo is set to continue the minimising trend started with its C30 by powering larger DRIVe V70 and S80 cars with 1.6D power.

As part of the company’s DRIVe initiative, two of Volvo’s largest models – the V70 and S80 – will now find themselves the toast of environmentalists the world over, if they manage to arrive on time for the Greens party.

Considering these Volvos weigh around 1 500 kg a piece, expect the new DRIVe 1.6D engine, producing 80kW and 240Nm, to ensure rather leisurely performance when it becomes available during the second quarter this year in Europe.

As laudable as Volvo’s downsizing programme is, one has to wonder if the Swedes have perhaps fallen victim to their own diplomatic ambitions. These large DRIVe cars emit 129g/CO2 per km, only 10g/CO2 less than a comparable entry level Audi A6 2.0 TDI...

In a European market increasingly hostile towards customers not purchasing lower emission vehicles (by prohibitively taxing cars with considerable CO2 emissions) the DRIVe V70s and S80s make sense on some level.

Just don’t expect to drive one and be on time for all your appointments.


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