New Volvo S80 ready to take on S-Class and 7 Series
The all-new Volvo S80 is to be unveiled at the international motor show in Geneva on 28 February and European sales will start in June 2006. The new S80 is expected to arrive in South Africa towards the end of 2006.
The second-generation S80 is the first sedan model to become available with Volvo's compact, transversely fitted V8 with a power output of 232 kW and 440 Nm of torque.
With four catalytic converters and advanced electronics, this engine, which was first introduced in the Volvo XC90, is one of the cleanest V8s on the market.
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-cylinder engine has a displacement of 3.2 litres and produces 176 kW. The maximum torque of 320 Nm provides rapid acceleration.
The engine range also includes a five-cylinder 2.5 litre turbo with 147 kW and 300 Nm of torque, as well as the latest generation of Volvo's five-cylinder turbodiesel with 136 kW and 400 Nm of torque.
The V8 model also comes with all-wheel drive.
DSTC (Dynamic Stability and Traction Control) is fitted as standard equipment on all models.
According to Volvo the S80's 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.