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Dynamic D5 power for S80 facelift

2009-02-27 07:54
Volvo’s headline S80 sedan benefits from a styling upgrade and new 2.4l turbo power in time for the Geneva auto show next week.

Under the tutelage of Steve Mattin’s design team the S80 now features a new grille with the larger Volvo emblem - first seen on the XC60 SUV. Chrome trim on the lower front fascia, rocker panels and framing the bottom of the rear light clusters, adds some visual tension to the exterior styling.

New steering wheel a notable improvement with aluminium inserts - a metal theme repeated elsewhere in the subtle cabin restyling.

Interior styling cues from the XC60, with key functionality and controls angled towards the driver. Aluminium gauge rings and matte metal-effect trim embellish the shifter and starter button, whilst a new dual tone steering wheel – with stylish aluminium lower frame insets – is a huge improvement.

Driving dynamics on option - finally

Beyond finally resurfacing the S80’s styling to be more in harmony with its proportions, another area calling for improvement (driving dynamics) has been addressed too.

Potential S80 customers can now order a sport suspension pack which lowers S80 15mm on the rear axle and 20mm up front. It also sports firmer anti-roll bars and new shock absorbers, rendering a more responsive drive than the standard, comfort orientated damping set-up.

Horizontal chrome trim insets around the rear neaten styling up considerably. New 2.4l D5 engine is worth 153kW and returns 6.2l/100km.
New high-output D5 power

Beyond the enhanced chassis dynamics, a new engine slots in behind the S80’s restyled front grille.

Displacing 2.4l, the D5 twin-turbo five-cylinder diesel produces 153kW and 420Nm. Diesel biased buyers can opt for the lower output 130kW 2.4l version too, which produces an identical torque peak.

If you’re not keen on compression ignition engines, there’s always smooth in-line six power in either turbocharged 3l (210kW) or naturally aspirated 3.2l (175kW) trim. Topping off the revised S80 range is Volvo’s 4.4l V8 producing 232kW.


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