2007 Volvo S80

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The S80 also boasts of three firsts for passenger cars. The first was the use of a built-in, fully integrated GSM phone, complete with both a hands free function and a lift-up hand-set. The second was the fitment of the straight six engine in a transverse mounting. Volvo claims to be the first manufacturer to succeed in mass producing this configuration. No existing manual gearbox would fit in the engine bay with the six cylinder engine, so Volvo had to develop their own, claimed to be the world’s smallest manual gearbox, the M65. The previous record holder was also a Volvo gearbox, the M56 developed to fit the wide 5 cylinder transverse engine first used in the 850 series cars. Thirdly, the S80 was the world’s first car with an environmental specification, covering aspects such as those directly relating to the car such as allergens from textiles and fuel economy and the life cycle of the car from production to dismantling.

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For Volvo, the S80 was a major step forward into the age of modern car design, particularly with the use of multiplex wiring.

The S80 was initially available with four different engines. Starting the range was a detuned 2.4-litre 140 hp 5-cylinder. This was also available as a CNG and as an LPG version. The fully tuned version produced 170 PS (125 kW). Next up was a 2.9 L 196 PS (144 kw) 6-cylinder, then 272 PS (200 kW) T6 and finally, the 140 PS (102 kW) 2.5 L TDI (diesel). The 2.9 has a Straight-6 engine while the T6 was powered by a destroked twin-turbocharged version. In 2000 there was the addition of the 200 hp (149 kw) 2.5T, available with standard all-wheel drive. The 2.5T model featured a light-pressure turbocharger. Late 2001 introduced the 163 PS (120 kW) 5 cylinder common rail diesel D5, detuned to 130 PS (96 kW) and sold as 2.4D in some markets.
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On January 31, 2006, Volvo unveiled the first pictures of the second generation S80. Generally all features of the car were upgraded substantially. The new S80 will feature a new 3.2 L straight-6 or 4.4 L V8 engine in combination with available four-wheel drive. The second-generation S80 is the first Volvo sedan model to become available with Volvo’s compact, transversely fitted V8 with a power output of 316 PS (232 kw) and 440 N•m of torque. With four catalytic converters and advanced electronics, this engine, which was first introduced in the Volvo XC90, is one of the cleanest V8s on the market. The exterior is similar to that of the first generation but is greatly improved with more high strength boron steel in the body for safety. The interior is seen as one of the most comfortable in the automotive industry. The layout of all items is well placed and the HVAC control panel on the waterfall center console is superb. This second generation S80 is no exception to Volvo’s on going improvements and inventions of safety. The second generation S80 has been give the IIHS 2007 Top Safety Pick Award in overall safety protection. Also again in November the IIHS awarded the 2008 Volvo S80 with Top Safety Award. This S80 performed outstanding above its German and Japanese rivals. Score perfect scores for frontal, side, and rear impacts. The car was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show on February 28, and sales began on June 2006. The new S80 is based on the Volvo P24- platform which was mainly developed by Volvo itself, also used for vehicles including Ford’s S-MAX and Galaxy large MPVs.[9] Even although some of these other Ford vehicles ride on this platform, the majority of the cars’ parts was made by Volvo alone and not found in the Ford.

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Volvo’s Personal Car Communicator (PCC) remote control will also be an optional feature with the new S80. This feature is fairly new to the automotive industry. Before a driver gets to their car, they are able to review the security level and know whether they have set the alarm and if the car is locked. Additionally, there is a heartbeat sensor that warns if someone is hiding inside the car.

The all new S80 is the first Volvo model to feature Adaptive cruise control (ACC) with Collision Warning and Brake Support (CWBS). Adaptive cruise control helps ensure comfort and relaxed driving by letting the driver select the desired speed and the minimum time gap to the vehicle in front of them. When a radar sensor detects a slower vehicle in front of them, Adaptive Cruise Control adapts to that vehicle by applying the brakes as necessary. As the Collision Warning System senses an impending collision, it alerts with a flashing light on the windshield and an audible alarm. Meanwhile Brake Support offers additional assistance by preparing the braking system so that the car can begin stopping faster and avoid a potentially dangerous situation before it happens. Volvo S80 is also available with a new safety innovation called Blind Spot Information System (BLIS, first seen in Volvo S40) which senses when a person enters the drivers blind spot and Active Bi-Xenon Lights (ABL) to illuminate around curves in the dark. Volvo is known for making historic strides in the production of intuitive new safety systems. BLIS system has been recently introduced at Mercedes-Benz higher specifications cars,nearly two years after Volvo.[10] The second generation Volvo S80 is much more luxurious than the previous generation, and it flaunts its “Scandinavian Luxury” design language. It competes directly against the Saab 9-5, Lexus GS, BMW 5 Series, Mercedes Benz E-Class, Audi A6, and Acura RL. The second generation S80 has already won awards in best mid size luxury sedan interior.

Year Model Displacement Engine Fuel Power Torque
1998 – 2006 2.4 2435 cc I5 Petrol 140–170 hp (103–125 kW) 220–225 N·m (162–166 ft·lbf)
2000 – 2006 2.0T 1984 cc LPT I5 Petrol 180 hp (132 kW) 280 N·m (207 ft·lbf)
2004 – 2006 2.5T 2521 cc LPT I5 Petrol 210 hp (155 kW) 320 N·m (236 ft·lbf)
1998 – 2004 2.9 2922 cc I6 Petrol 196–204 hp (144–150 kW) 280 N·m (207 ft·lbf)
1998 – 2001 T6 2783 cc twin-turbo I6 Petrol 268 hp (200 kW) 380 N·m (280 ft·lbf)
2001 – 2006 T6 2922 cc twin-turbo I6 Petrol 268 hp (200 kW) 380 N·m (280 ft·lbf)
1998 – 2001 TDI 2460 cc turbocharged I5 Diesel 140 hp (102 kW) 280 N·m (206 ft·lbf)
2001 – 2006 2.4D and D5 2401 cc turbocharged common rail I5 Diesel 130-163 hp (96-120 kW) 280-340 N·m (206-250 ft·lbf)

Volvo S80
Production 2006–present
Platform Volvo P24- platform
Engine(s) 2.0L (4cyl), 2.0L (Flexifuel, 4-cyl), 2.5 L I5 LPT
3.2 L I6
4.4 L Volvo Yamaha V8
2.4 L I5 turbodiesel
Transmission(s) 6-speed automatic
6-speed manual
Wheelbase 2835 mm (111.6 in)
Length 4849 mm (190.9 in)
Width 1861 mm (73.2 in)
Height 1490 mm (58.6 in)
Fuel capacity 70 L (15.4 Imp. gallons)
(18.4 U.S. gal)
Related Volvo V70
Land Rover Freelander
Ford Mondeo
Ford S-MAX
Ford Galaxy
Designer Sylvia Gullsdorf

Scribbled on March 8th 2008 in Volvo, Volvo S80
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