The S60 R is a limited production sedan that has high performance provided by the technology and performance of the famous Volvo Performance Concept Car. Premiered in the world at the 2002 Paris Auto Show.
Apart from inheriting the dramatic looks of the Performance Concept Car (PCC), the S60 R also adopts most technologies, including one of the most sophisticated active suspension systems in the world, 300-horsepower, turbocharged engine, 6-speed manual gearbox and all-wheel-system electronically controlled drive.
Volvo calls the S60 R a true performance car, designed for the best driving experience without sacrificing intelligent functions that are typical of Volvo.
The breakthrough technology of the Volvo S60 R is the most advanced active performance chassis in the automotive world with Four-C Technology (Continuous Controlled Chassis Concept). The Four-C allows Volvo R cars to offer uncompromising road grip from extreme sports cars with important comfort in a family car.
The Four-C differs from other chassis concepts in its ability to process large amounts of information from sensors throughout the chassis. The sensor sends a signal to the microprocessor at Four-C, which calculates the movement of the car and adjusts the stiffness of the shock absorbers so that the car is always parallel to the road surface.
Shock absorbers are updated with new information 500 times per second. This is made possible by truly new technology, the first in the automotive world, which was developed in conjunction with Öhlins Racing AB, one of the world’s leading developers in high-tech shock absorbing systems, and a Monroe shock absorber manufacturer.
Drivers also have considerable control over how the R car will handle. Only with the touch of a finger, the driver has three chassis setting options available through three control buttons in the center of the instrument panel – Comfort, Sport, and Advanced Sport.
In Sport mode, which is also a standard setting, the chassis is optimized for ordinary driving on winding roads and at high speeds. In this arrangement, the R-chassis will offer the driver a balanced mix between driving pleasure, body control and travel comfort.
Pressing the Comfort button increases the softness of the chassis and protects the body from irregularities on the road. This is an ideal setting for urban traffic and family vacations. Especially good at handling slippery surfaces, where “softer” cars are easier to drive and more obedient.
When the driver presses the Advanced Sport button, the Volvo S60 R is converted into a pure sports car. The chassis is optimized to hold maximum road in all situations, including races.
The electronically controlled all-wheel drive (AWD) system works in conjunction with the Four-C suspension to optimize road retention and stability. With very short engagement and release times, the AWD system can directly react to throttle position and engine torque.
Under the hood is the most powerful engine in the Volvo range. A five-cylinder, 2.5-liter, in-line turbocharged engine pumps 300 horsepower (220 kW) at 5,200 rpm and 295 feet-lbs. torque at 1950 rpm. The highest speed is electronically limited to 250 km / h and the Volvo S60 R accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in 5.7 seconds with a manual gearbox (V70 R 5.9 seconds). Regarding emissions, R-engines meet American LEV I requirements and meet European Euro 4 standards.
A new six-speed manual gearbox was developed to handle the high torque produced by the engine. Short gear shifts, make quick and positive changes.
Geartronic’s five-speed automatic transmission offers the best of both worlds: the gearbox handles all gear changes automatically; or the driver can change the gear manually, but without the clutch. Automatic transmission is also adaptive. In other words, it monitors the driver’s driving style and adjusts the tooth replacement pattern. It also has a “Sport” mode selector where automatic transmissions change gears at higher speeds and gearshift drops faster.
Brakes from the Volvo S60 R use Brembo four-piston aluminum brake calipers on 330 mm discs, stopping the car from 100 km / h in a distance of 36 meters.
R cars display the front which is aerodynamically adjusted. The grille has a satin silver frame, spoilers have been extended and lower air intake is greater to provide increased airflow and more efficient cooling.
On the back, the Volvo S60 R has a thin spoiler, stating very clearly that the philosophy of the R concept is all about optimization.
Additional Spoilers on the S60 R are the right size to provide the rear lift that is minimized in this car. By adding large pieces of plastic just to signal that you can make a fast car.
The interior is designed to emit exclusive sportiness – and the driver focuses strongly. Sports chairs have improved side support. They are available in three colors: Dark Blue, Beige Gold and Aniline Leather, all with unique stitches. Leather brings a strong visual connection with Scandinavian furniture design.
Scheduled to start production in early 2003, the S60 R will be built at the Volvo Car plant in Ghent, Belgium. Volume will be limited. V70 R will be built at the Torslanda plant in Sweden.
Volvo expects to sell 7,000 R cars per year, and the five largest markets are the United States, Britain, Germany, Japan and Sweden.
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