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New drivelines in the Volvo S80. T6 turbo and D5 diesel with AWD
8 May 2007
The Volvo S80 is now available with the six-cylinder, 285 hp T6 performance engine with All Wheel Drive that was first introduced in the all-new Volvo V70 in March 2007. Another new power train combination for the S80 is the 185 D5 turbo diesel with AWD.
"The T6 engine adds an extra dimension to the S80 engine range," says Hans Wikman, Vice President Vehicle Line Large Cars at Volvo Cars. "The engine has been programmed to provide the highest possible performance with the lowest possible fuel consumption and exhaust emissions." The T6 petrol engine is based on the compact 3.2-litre in-line aluminium engine that has been part of the S80 engine range since the introduction in March 2006. The turbo version has a displacement of 3.0 litres, producing 210 kW (285 hp) and no less than 400 Nm of torque. Maximum torque is on tap from just 1,500 rpm and remains available all the way up the rev range, resulting in remarkably quick acceleration and smooth driveability (0-100 km/h in 7.2 seconds - preliminary figure). The somewhat smaller cylinder displacement of the turbo version, owing to the slightly narrower cylinder bore and shorter stroke, is compensated by the turbocharger which in this engine takes in exhaust gases in two stages, with the inflow divided into two lots of three cylinders each, a system known as twin-scroll technology. Twin-scroll technology permits use of a more compact and uncomplicated turbocharger and provides extremely swift response, fully on a par with that from twin turbochargers.
All Wheel Drive with Instant Traction
The T6 model in the Volvo S80 is equipped with Volvo's All Wheel Drive. Using an electronically controlled hydraulic clutch, the AWD system distributes drive between the front and rear wheels to ensure the best possible road grip in all situations. The system features Instant Traction, which shifts drive at lightning speed from the front to the rear wheels when starting on a slippery or loose surface.
Energy-efficient turbodiesel from second-generation diesel range
The five-cylinder D5 turbo diesel can also be combined with All Wheel Drive in the the Volvo S80. The powerful and easy to drive D5 offers 136 kW (185 hp) and no less than 400 Nm of torque - and it does so across a particularly wide rev range. The new D5 engine features an electronically controlled turbocharger, advanced multi-point injection technology and a particularly powerful engine management system. The driving experience provides far high performance and the driveability and traction are now further enhanced by the All Wheel Drive system with Instant Traction. A service-free particle filter is standard, making the D5 a highly eco-efficient alternative.