An inviting combination of aesthetics and functional technology came to life when Volvo Cars’ engineers and designers fused the new 210 kW 6-cylinder turbocharged engine with modern Swedish design features in the elegant and dynamic profile of the luxurious S80 3.0T.
The efficient delivery of the turbo-engines power – channeled through Volvo Cars All-Wheel Drive sytem for impressive road handling – adds to the luxury experienced in the flagship of Volvo’s sedan range to create one of the most satisfying drives in its segment.
With the addition of the turbocharged 3-litre petrol engine Volvo’s S80 range has been extended to four derivatives. They include the flagship V8 petrol powered derivative, the D5 with its 5-cylinder turbodiesel, the 3,2-litre 6-cylinder petrol engine from which the new turbo power plant was derived, and the 2.5T derivative with its powerful yet frugal turbocharged 5-cylinder petrol engine.
When the S80 was first penned down, it was approached by Volvo’s design department with the aim of integrating Swedish luxury features and technically advanced functions in a manner that would live up to the model’s premium segment flagship status. It was designed to express elegance, alertness and smooth movement.
The sweeping exterior design lines of the S80 is repeated in the elegant interior of the sedan. It is influenced by modern Scandinavian design – to create a special experience for the discerning customer. Now a new element of performance and excitement is added to the package with the 210 kW, 400 Nm turbocharged 6-cylinder in-line engine.
New, clever twin-scroll turbocharger technology used in the transversely mounted 6-cylinder engine has eliminated turbo-lag and delivers maximum torque from as low as 1 500 rpm (see separate release on engine).
On the road the excellent handling features of the All-Wheel Drive system interacts with the S80’s advanced interior safety systems to contribute to the high level of safety, both preventive and protective, in this car which was awarded with the “Top Safety Pick” award of the American Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in 2007. This award is given “for superior overall crash protections”.
New features, Volvo S80 model year 2009
Several new features have been added to the Volvo S80 for the 2009 model year (please note that some systems and functions are optional). They include:
A bolder exterior rear Volvo emblem with increased space between the letters;
A rear spoiler;
Savile Grey Pearl exterior colour;
Caper Green Pearl exterior colour;
Modified front head restraints;
Sun curtains for the rear doors; and
Modernised claret walnut wood inlay.
The Volvo S80’s 4 850 mm wheelbase and wide track creates added stance and dynamism in the car’s visual expression. To pronounce the bold new direction that Volvo’s designers have embarked on, the S80 now also boasts the new rear Volvo emblem with a bigger font and wider spaces between the letters. This was done to enhance visibility of the brand.
The new rear spoiler is a discreet colour-coordinated accessory. It enhances the car’s sporty appearance and helps improve the car’s handling characteristics – especially at high speeds. The spoiler is made of lightweight plastic.
The S80’s interior design is characterised by clean surfaces, harmonious lines, exciting contrasts and smooth function – expressions of Scandinavian design tradition that help forge a dynamic and harmonious interior atmosphere.
The Volvo S80 has a super-slim centre console similar to the one introduced earlier in Volvo’s medium-segment models. In the S80, the centre console has been modified to blend in seamlessly with the car’s more classic and exclusive design, and it extends all the way to the rear seat.
If the car is equipped with electically adjustable front seats, they can be optionally specified with upholstery in perforated and ventilated leather. Fans in the seat cushion quickly reduce cushion temperature to a pleasant level and contribute to high seating comfort. The rear seat splits and folds. The front passenger seat backrest can also be folded.
As of model year 2009, new front head restraints will be introduced due to legal demands. The new front head restraints have reduced width and 25 mm increased height. Buttons with the “Auto Closing” function now have side ridges in order to prevent window/sunroof buttons from being activated by mistake (e.g., by a child or a dog) – something that can easily happen.
Sun curtains for the rear doors are available as an option. The sun curtains are fully integrated into the rear door panels. The sun curtains are hung on the hook in the upper edge of the door. The window can be opened without lowering the sun curtain as it is not held up by the window.
A new modernised claret walnut wood inlay will be introduced as an option. The new inlay will give the interior a more elegant and dynamic design. A total of nine different surfaces will be offered.
Volvo Cars follows an holistic approach to safety, which encompasses both preventive and protective safety. Preventive safety – the avoidance of accidents – was one of the most important starting points when the S80 was being developed and it led to the creation of an entirely new generation of advanced driving and support systems.
Volvo’s aim is that no one should die or get injured in any of its cars by 2020 – that means no accidents. To achieve this a combination of multiplexed electronics with advanced software and hardware designs is used to create a new level of driver assisted technologies. Preventive safety systems transform surrounding environmental activities into usable data to help the S80 driver avoid dangerous situations.
New Collision Warning with Auto Brake helps prevent rear-end collisions. Volvo Cars continues to address the problem of rear-end collisions by introducing Collision Warning with Auto Brake – a refined warning system that makes the car brake by itself if the driver doesn’t act when a rear-end collision with a moving or stationary vehicle is imminent. This can mean the difference between a serious injury and minor consequences for the occupants of both vehicles.
Rear impacts represent a third of all reported accidents – and in more than 50% of these accidents, the driver doesn’t brake at all. The new Collision Warning with Auto Brake (CWAB) initially warns the driver and pre-charges the brakes. The brakes are automatically activated if the driver doesn’t act when a rear-end collision with a moving or stationary vehicle is imminent.
Collision Warning with Auto Brake has an elevated technology level compared to the Collision Warning with Brake Support that was introduced in 2006. While the original system, introduced in the Volvo S80, is radar-based, Collision Warning with Auto Brake uses both radar and a camera to detect vehicles in front of the car. The long-range radar reaches 150 m in front of the car while the camera range is 55 m. By using Data Fusion to combine information from the radar and the camera, the system becomes more efficient.
One of the main advantages of the camera is the possibility of detecting stationary vehicles and warning the driver while maintaining a low false-alarm level.
“Statistics show that 50% of all rear-end collisions involve a stationary object, which means that Collision Warning with Auto Brake covers twice as many situations as with the present system,” says Jonas Tisell, technical project manager for Collision Warning with Auto Brake at Volvo Cars.
To adapt the warning system to different conditions and individual driving styles, its sensitivity can be regulated in the car settings menu. There are three alternative sensitivity positions.
Blind Spot Identification System (BLIS) registers if another vehicle is in the offset rear blind spot along either side of the car and the driver is alerted via a visual signal.
Active bi-Xenon lights – moving headlight beams that follow the curvature of the road – help maintain the best possible visibility in the dark on twisting roads.
Personal Car Communicator (PCC) is an advanced control center in pocket format. At the touch of a button, the car owner can instantly find out whether …
the car is locked or unlocked
the alarm has been activated
the alarm has been set off and someone is inside the car.
The information is stored so that it is possible to check if the car really was locked when it was parked, at any time and from anywhere.
Adaptive Cruise Control and Distance Alert helps the driver to keep a proper distance to the vehicle in front. It uses a radar sensor to continuously measure the distance to the vehicles in front and the system automatically adapts the speed of the car to ensure that the distance is maintained. The driver activates the cruise control, sets the desired maximum speed between 30 and 200 km/h and chooses a time interval to the car in front. There is a choice of five different time intervals between 1 and 2,6 seconds.
When the radar sensor detects a slower vehicle in front of the car, the speed is automatically adapted to that vehicle even when it changes speed.
Adaptive Cruise Control should primarily be seen as a comfort-enhancing function, but it contributes at the same time to more controlled driving when the traffic rhythm is uneven.
Protective safety in the Volvo S80
The protective safety measures in the S80 are structured in the form of a network of exterior and interior systems that interact to reduce the risk of occupant injury in the event of a collision. The exterior systems have the task of distributing and absorbing incoming collision forces so that the passenger space is preserved as intact as possible.
The body is therefore built in the form of a box-section structure using varying grades of steel, with all the components interacting to provide controlled deformation.
Like the rest of the Volvo range, the Volvo S80 features a transversely installed engine and front-wheel drive. Transverse engine installation provides more deformation space in the engine compartment and helps reduce the risk of engine intrusion into the passenger compartment in a frontal collision. The larger six- and eight-cylinder engines have also been able to be installed transversely in the S80 model thanks to their extremely compact dimensions and effective packaging.
The purpose of the interior safety systems is to keep the passengers securely in place and to minimise the risk of serious injuries. In order to provide the most effective protection possible, Volvo Cars has developed a number of unique systems. They include the:
Side Impact Protection System (SIPS) with the airbag curtain which makes it even more effective. The side-impact airbags feature two separate inflation chambers – one at hip height and one at chest height.
Since the hips can withstand greater impact than the chest, the lower chamber is inflated at five times higher pressure than the upper section. The side-impact airbags interact with the inflatable curtains (IC) and the body’s network of beams to protect as effectively as possible; and
Volvo’s Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS) for avoiding neck injuries – one of the most effective on the market. In the event of a severe impact from the rear, the front seat backrest and head restraint move together with the occupant’s body, thus damping its movement much like the way the arms move rearward when catching a ball. In the latest generation of WHIPS, the system’s function has been further developed to provide an even smoother “catching” motion.
All five seats are equipped with three-point inertia reel safety belts, belt pre-tensioners and head restraints. The highest possible safety requires that all occupants always use their safety belts. Front airbags for the driver and front passenger also offers protection in an impact from the front.
Driveline and chassis
The 3.0T engine, as it is designated, is combined with All-Wheel Drive in the Volvo S80. The 3.0T uses twin-scroll technology and is optimised for a very sporty driving experience.
The chassis with MacPherson struts at the front and Multilink axle at the rear is designed to ensure predictable driving manners and alert steering response. The Multilink rear axle is an independent suspension system with a number of links that are set up to provide a combination of controlled wheel movements and high level of riding comfort. Some of the links have the task of providing a certain degree of anti-skid steering effect. A long wheelbase and wide track together with an extremely torsionally rigid body contribute to the well-controlled driving manners.
Volvo’s advanced DSTC (Dynamic Stability and Traction Control) system is fitted as standard. DSTC steps in and helps the driver bring the car back in line if there is any tendency to skid.
The environment and air quality
The Volvo S80 is built and equipped to impact as little as possible on the global environment and to provide a clean and healthy in-car environment. The low internal friction, efficient combustion and advanced exhaust filtration techniques of the 3.0T enginge all help produce low emission levels. The energy-efficient diesel engine in die S80 range also produce low emissions of carbon dioxide and particulates.
Volvo IAQS (Interior Air Quality System) effectively reduces the amount of particles, pollen, gases and certain unpleasant odours in the air that enters the passenger compartment. In addition, all textiles and leather are certified under ÖKO-TEX 100. This is an international standard, which ensures that fabrics and hides have been thoroughly tested to check for certain allergy-inducing substances and emissions.
The climate unit can also be supplemented with the Clean Zone Interior Package, an advanced system that provides healthier air quality inside the passenger compartment (approved by the Swedish Association against Asthma and Allergy). When the car is unlocked using the remote control, the passenger compartment is automatically ventilated for about a minute if the outdoor temperature exceeds 10 degrees Celsius.
The prices of the Volvo S80 range are:
S80 2.5T Geartronic R399 000
S80 3.2 Geartronic R437 500
S80 D5 Geartronic R437 500
S80 3.0T Geartronic R516 000
S80 V8 Geartronic R581 500