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Speedy new Volvo S60s

2010-08-30 06:41

Do you adore Volvo safety-centric design and ergonomic ingenuity, yet require a sedan with sporty undertones? Well, Heico Sportiv has the solution for you…

Volvo is a byword for safety.

The Swedish manufacturer (now owned by Geely) has an enviable record for innovation with regards to occupant safety.

Along the way Volvo’s managed to built some pretty swift cars too, mostly turbocharged sedans and estates.

In the 1990s the company’s vaunted 850 series had some ‘R’-design derivatives which were plenty quick.

These 850T-5Rs had racing heritage too, thanks to the anti-establishment success of Rickard Rydell in the highly competitive British Touring Car Championship, racing an estate 850T5, of all things.

Nowadays it is a bit more challenging to access hooligan performance from Gothenburg’s product portfolio.

Really sporty S60s

Fortunately, German Volvo performance specialist Heico Sportiv has a new go-faster kit for the company’s make-or-break second generation S60.

When Heico Sportiv first unveiled its S60 package last month it looked great, but the images were only renderings. Software designers can dress-up practically anything with imaging software and often the actual production packaging is a rather poor relation of the original design rendering.

Now the company has released a raft of production specification images to showcase its latest offering and truth be told, it looks rather good. The Heico Sportiv kit adds just the required touch of hooligan detailing to the S60’s sophisticated Swedish design language.

Heico’s style consultants have supplied a new front lip spoiler and neat rear diffuser (housing a set of dual exhausts) which radiate a subtle dynamism. Gunmetal Volution wheels round off the Heico exterior styling package, available in sizes from 18- to 20 inches in diameter.

Eagle-eyed Volvo fans may notice the slightly more aggressive stance too, courtesy of a new coil-spring set hiding behind the wheels.

These new coils reduce the S60’s median ride height by 30mm, aiding agility and quickening steering responses.

How much faster has Heico’s technicians made the S60 though?

S4 rivaling pace...

Working feverishly from their workshop in Rudolf Diesel street, Weiterstadt, the Heico engine tuning team has unfortunately failed to liberate an equally impressive amount of additional more power from both the 2.0T and T6 Volvo S60 engines.

Gains made to the 2.0T outputs are statistically impressive. Power is up 34 units to a new peak of 218kW, whilst torque swells from 300- to 330Nm.

The T6 engine is only mildly keener after the Heico plug-and-play ECU wizardry though. An extra 18kW takes power to 242kW and rotational force is up from 440- to 460Nm.

The T6’s Audi S4 rivalling outputs managed to get it from 0-100km/h in 5.8 seconds.

Heico’s design team have left the stylish S60 cabin architecture relatively untouched, adding only an aluminium pedal set, footrest and curiously oversized transmission shifter.

The German company’s tuned S60 will be a limited edition run, tallying only 100 units. They don’t come cheap either, with the S60 T6 model retailing for the equivalent of about R600 000.

HEICO SPORTIV - The all new Volvo S60.


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