2008 Volvo HEICO Sportiv S80 T6 HPC

Heico Sportiv Volvo S80 T6 HPC review:
German Volvo tuner Heico Sportiv brought the goods to the 2007 SEMA Show with its S80 T6 HPC Concept. The car has been more than a year in the making and features a 7-layer “aluminum effect” paint job that looks absolutely stunning in person and pretty darn good in pics, too. This Swedish beauty also packs a serious punch, with a 350-horsepower inline-6 that has been tuned to run on E85 ethanol.

Because the original show car was based on the front-wheel-drive S80, Heico converted the car to Volvo’s AWD system so that it could put the power down more efficiently. Other hi-po parts include 13.9-inch big brake kit with 6-piston calipers, a sport-tuned suspension system that rides 1.5-inches lower than stock, and lightweight forged wheels wrapped with Continental tires.

The inside of the car looks just as good as the outside with a carbon fiber-look silver aluminum console and leather covering the headliner, instrument panel and door panels. The rear seats have been exchanged with separate bucket seats, and the front seats also have thicker side and thigh bolsters.

For more details, follow the jump for the press release and click on the gallery for more than 15 high resolution shots of the car.

The lights of Las Vegas reflect flawlessly in the gleaming aluminum paint of the Heico Sportiv S80 T6 High Performance Concept (HPC). Being shown for the first time in North America at the 2007 Specialty Equipment Market Association tradeshow in Las Vegas, NV, the S80 T6 HPC is a literal reflection of power, sophistication and athleticism as can be seen in its unique 7-layer “aluminum effect” body paint. But the S80 T6 HPC is more than just a pretty face. It`s a true example that a powerful luxury sedan can also be sensitive to the environment.

But getting that power to the ground required extensive work. As the standard S80 3.2 is a front-wheel-drive car it was determined that to truly explore the vehicle`s potential all-wheel drive was needed. Enter Volvo`s renowned Haldex All-Wheel-Drive system with Instant Traction. The system continuously routes power to whichever wheel has the most traction and Heico modified it with heartier gears to handle the enormous amount of torque.

Stopping power is provided via a 6-piston braking system with custom blue-painted calipers and high
performance brake pads. Volvo`s ABS and electronic brake distribution systems are fully functioning.
Large 13.9-inch disc brakes reside in custom forged alloy wheels measuring 9-inches wide and 20 inches
in diameter. The specially developed Volution X wheels are wrapped in aggressive 255/30R-20
Continental tires.

The Heico S80 T6 HPC rides on a chassis that is 1.5 inches lower than Volvo`s set ride height and the
sport-tuned suspension features firmer springs and struts at all four corners. “We aimed to tune all
the components to achieve a dynamic yet harmonious ride. In other words, a true sports car experience
without losing the luxurious and comfortable touch that is the hallmark of the Volvo S80,” noted
Hedtke.

Scribbled on August 2nd 2008 in Volvo, Volvo S80 Heico
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