Volvo S80 T6 R-Design Review
Swede Speed...

Story by David Khoo, pictures by Azfar Hashim
26 Apr 2008

The Volvo S80 T6 is capable of quite a deceptive turn of speed that belies its status as an executive limousine...

Technically speaking

The Volvo S80 found many fans among the discerning buyers who were happy to enjoy an executive limousine that offered good bang-for-buck in terms of performance and package. Available originally in 2.5T and 3.2 guises, the T6 is the third variant to join the S80 line-up and like its predecessor, offers gob-stopping levels of turbocharged punch for your dollar.

In fact, the T6 straddles the line between the urbane sophistication of the 3.2L V6 and the discreet 200bhp "shove" the 2.5T offers. At the heart of the T6 is a turbocharged 2953cc engine that produces a tarmac-shredding 285bhp and 400Nm that catapults the car to the 100km/h mark in less than 7 seconds. Twin-scroll turbocharger technology has led to better response and performance from the single turbocharger unit in the new car.

However, the wayward handling tendencies of its twin-turbocharged predecessor have been engineered out of this new model, since that earlier T6 proved to be more accomplished in the straight-line stakes than in the corners. Moreover, rather than the former car’s front-wheel drive set-up, the new T6 features all-wheel drive for better grip and poise under all kinds of driving conditions.

The all-wheel drive system features "Instant Traction", which transfers driven power using an electronically controlled hydraulic clutch from the front to the rear wheels when moving off from slippery or loose surfaces.

Apart from its sleekly muscular and well-formed aesthetics, the new car is broader and taller than its predecessor. At 4850mm, its overall length is identical to the earlier car’s dimensions, but both wheelbase and track are now longer and wider for greater cabin comfort and better occupant accommodation.


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