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2010-07-28 07:17

This is German tuner Heico Sportiv’s interpretation of what a really quick Volvo S60 should represent. Can it evoke the erstwhile 850T-5R hooligan heritage though?

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Volvo
Model Heico Sportiv S60
Engine 3l in-line six, turbo
Power 246kW
Volvo’s second generation S60 is a make-or-break car for the (newly) Chinese owned manufacturer.

Stylish in terms of design, Volvo hopes the latest S60 can recapture the same brand value that made its 850 range so popular in the 1990s.

One thing the 850 series had going for it was a range of pretty swift ‘R’ design performance derivatives.

To ensure Volvo customers seeking S60 style with critical pace are not left unsatisfied, renowned German Volvo tuner Heico Sportiv’s technicians have been working overtime.

If you are into quick Volvo’s, Heico Sportiv is the badge embellishment of choice.

Based in Weiterstadt (at – we kid you not - Rudolf Diesel street), Heico Sportiv’s been making Volvo products more dynamically able since 1989.

The company’s road car tuning expertise soon germinated into a legendary touring car racing venture – Volvo’s curiously successful 850 T5 estate, campaigned in the mid 1990s.

Heico’s latest Volvo tuning kit is set to refine the S60’s surfacing with a revised front fascia, neat aft diffuser (framing quad exhausts) and trendy model specific alloy wheels.

Dynamically, Heico’s powertrain engineers have coaxed an additional 22 units of peak power from the S60's 3l in-line six turbo - to render an S4 rivalling 246kW.  

The company’s chassis experts are still finalising calibration on a 30mm median ride height reduction courtesy of new coils and dampers. Potential customers can expect a more secure brake system too, sporting six-piston callipers up front and four-pot grabbers at the rear.

Heico is expected to finalise the specification and pricing of its latest Volvo performance package in time for the second generation S60’s North American market debut towards the end of this year. 

Do you miss the old 850T-5R?

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