Reviewing the new S80 spec, which was named the second generation of the large Volvo prestige sedan, was launched at the Geneva Motor Show 2006. The new S80 model is a luxury car with an elegant and dynamic look that is influenced by modern Scandinavian designs.
Equipped with a powerful V8 engine and a newly developed six-cylinder inline engine, specifically compact provides absolute top-class driving performance and comfort. The V8 engine features an Volvo-controlled All-Wheel Drive. Active chassis is available as an option, contributing to very dynamic driving characteristics. The new generation of drive and support systems along with enhanced body structures and sophisticated interior safety systems all interact to contribute to a high level of safety, both preventive and protective.
Review the design
All the new Volvo S80 has the same overall length as its predecessor (4850 mm), but 27 mm wider and 34 mm higher. The wheelbase is longer and the track is wider. All of this creates totally different proportions, with the attitudes and dynamics added to the visual expression of the car. To give the car a solid and compact image, the contour has been rounded and the hood has a raised profile. The headlamps, which are positioned lower than the previous S80 model, follow the curvature of the front and have been extended along the sides and up the hood, creating a soft smile on the front.
The door is more convex and shaped more clearly. They now also include the rear side window. The shoulders are both taller and wider than before, and the sills have a clearer profile, creating a center of gravity that is visually lower and provides a more stable and stable appearance.
To give the Volvo S80 all the aura of the right elegance and make the image in constant motion, the car has more sweeping lines than before, with a comet-shaped profile, an almost invisible transition between the rear window and the window. the boot and the tail are suddenly cut.
A slightly larger vertical grille marks the legacy of Volvo cars. The characteristics of the V-shaped hood have been extended to spoilers. And the typical Volvo tail light now has a slimmer profile that blends seamlessly with broad shoulders. LED lights at the top enhance Volvo’s legacy clearly even in the dark.
To further highlight the luxurious image of the Volvo S80 V8, the front has been given a chrome edge at a lower air intake (also found on the Executive model).
Interior design is characterized by clean surfaces, harmonious lines, attractive contrasts and subtle functions – expressions of Scandinavian design traditions that help form a dynamic and harmonious interior atmosphere.
The theme of repetitive design is sweeping parallel lines that mark the edges of instrument panels and door panels, and rectangular shapes with rounded corners that characterize freestanding functions such as ignition keys and air vents.
The new Volvo S80 has a super-slim center console similar to the one previously introduced in the Volvo mid-segment model. On the S80, the center console has been modified to blend seamlessly with a more classic and exclusive car design, and extends to the rear seat.
If the car is equipped with a power front seat, they can be determined optionally with seats on hollow and ventilated leather. The fan in the seat cushion quickly reduces the temperature of the pillow to a pleasant level and contributes to the comfort of a high seat. The back seat is split and folded. The front passenger seat backrest can also be folded.
Quarts Accent is a new combination of interiors, featuring Anthracite Black as an interior color, and a seat on Quarts Gray leather. The door insert is gray too.
The top model in this lineup is the exclusive Volvo S80 Executive, featuring extremely high level of equipment and comfort.
Volvo Cars has a holistic approach to safety, which includes preventive and protective safety. Preventive safety – avoiding accidents – is one of the most important starting points when a new S80 is being developed. This leads to the creation of an entirely new generation of sophisticated driving and support systems.
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) uses a radar sensor to help the driver keep the distance to the vehicle in front. ACC must be seen primarily as a comfort enhancing function, but at the same time contributes to more controlled driving when the traffic rhythm is uneven.
Collision Warning with Brake Support (CW) helps avoid the impact of the rear end, minimizing the risk of the collision. If the car approaches another vehicle from behind and the driver does not react, the system will notify the driver with sound and visual signals. If the risk of a collision continues to increase despite a warning, the brake support system is activated. Brake pads are applied to the disc and the brake pressure is hydraulically reinforced.
The all-new Volvo S80 is also equipped with BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) and IDIS (Intelligent Driver Information System), two innovations that help drivers maintain better control over traffic situations. BLIS registers if there is another vehicle at the blind spot behind the offset next to the car and notifies the driver via a visual signal.
IDIS helps stop drivers who are distracted by information that is not important in urgent situations, for example by delaying phone calls or incoming SMS.
Active Bending headlights – movable headlamp beams that follow the curvature of the road – help maintain the best visibility in the dark on turn roads.
Personal Car Communicator (PCC) is an advanced control center in pocket format. At the touch of a button, the car owner can immediately find out whether:
locked or unlocked car the alarm has been activated the alarm has been turned off and someone in the car.
This information is stored so that it is possible to check whether the car is completely locked when parked, anytime and from anywhere.
Safety protection in the new Volvo S80 is arranged in the form of a network of exterior and interior safety systems that interact to reduce the risk of passenger injuries during a collision. The exterior system has the task of distributing and absorbing the incoming collision force so that passenger space is maintained as much as possible. Therefore, the body is constructed in the form of a box section structure using various levels of steel, with all components interacting to provide controlled deformation.
Like the rest of the Volvo range, the new Volvo S80 has a transversely mounted engine and front wheel drive. Transverse engine mounting provides more deformation space in the engine compartment and helps reduce the risk of engine intrusion into the passenger compartment in a frontal collision. Larger six and eight-cylinder engines can also be installed transversely in the new S80 model thanks to its very compact dimensions and effective packaging.
The purpose of an interior security system is to keep passengers in place and to minimize the risk of serious injury. To provide the most effective protection possible, Volvo Cars has developed a number of unique systems. A new type of side impact airbags makes Volvo’s patented SIPS (Side Impact Protection System) more effective. The new side impact airbag displays two separate inflation chambers – one at hip height and one at chest height. Because the hips can withstand greater impact than the chest can do, the lower chamber increases at a pressure five times higher than the top. The side impact airbags interact with the rubber curtain (IC) and the body beam network to protect as effectively as possible. The Volvo system to avoid neck injuries – WHIPS (Whiplash Protection System) – is one of the most effective on the market. If there is a hard impact from the back, the back of the front seat and headrest move together with the body of the occupants, thus reducing their movements like the way the arm moves back when catching the ball. In the latest generation of WHIPS, system functions have been further developed to provide smoother “capture” movements.
The five seats are equipped with three-point inertia seat belts, pre-tensioner belts and head restraints. Security as high as possible requires all occupants to always use their seat belts.
Driveline and chassis review
The new Volvo S80 has a transverse driveline and front wheel drive, or as an alternative All Wheel Drive (AWD). Transverse engine installation allows effective use of space for deformation in the engine compartment and also makes it possible to make wider passenger compartments.
When the new Volvo S80 was launched in spring 2006, an in-line super-compact six-cylinder six-cylinder aluminum engine was also introduced. Now it comes in a newly developed turbo version with a capacity of 3.0 liters, output 210 kW (285 bhp), and torque figures exceeding 400 Nm. Maximum torque is achieved at engine speeds as low as 1,500 rpm and remains high to high rpm, with excellent acceleration and driving ability as a result. The T6 engine, as determined, is combined with the All Wheel Drive on the Volvo S80.
A slightly lower turbo engine capacity, due to the somewhat smaller cylinder diameter and shorter strokes, is compensated by turbo technology, which in this engine uses exhaust gas on two separate occasions, with flow divided into three cylinders simultaneously. time, which is called twin scroll technology. Double scroll allows the use of a turbo compressor that is more compact and uncomplicated and responds very quickly, fully comparable to the effects of a dual turbo compressor.
The T6 engine is optimized for a very sporty driving experience. At the same time, it is programmed to provide the highest possible performance with fuel consumption and the lowest possible level of exhaust emissions. With four-wheel drive – All Wheel Drive – the engine is used optimally by transferring maximum power to the road surface.
The T6 engine is combined with a six-speed automatic gearbox with Geartronic and Sport modes. The Sport mode is activated by moving the gear lever to the right when in position D, where the gear box selects gear that is lower than usual, and at the same time, gear changes take place rather quickly.
The new Volvo S80 is the first of the Volvo sedan models equipped with a compact and transverse V8 engine that was first launched on the Volvo XC90. The unique design with a 60 degree angle between the two cylindrical edges makes the V8 very compact.
The new Volvo S80 is also available with a highly efficient six-cylinder in-line engine made of aluminum. This new in-line engine features an advanced valve train with two lift heights and a variable intake system that contributes both to good performance and considerable fuel efficiency. Some innovative solutions also make it possible to build new machines in a compact overall dimension. There are five-cylinder engines on offer, including the second generation D5 Volvo turbo-diesel which is very energy efficient and a gasoline engine with light pressure turbocharger.
The D5 is now available in Volvo S80 AWD four-wheel drive. The combination of the All Wheel Drive and the high torque of the diesel engine results in exceptional accessibility and driving capability in all road conditions and in all situations, and also results in excellent fuel economy. The Volvo S80 D5 AWD will be offered with an automatic or manual gearbox, both with six speeds.
Starting in 2008, the Volvo S80 can be equipped with a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder Flexifuel (2.0F) engine. Flexifuel is a driveline design that allows the engine to run on E85 gasoline and / or bioethanol. Bioethanol is a renewable fuel that contributes to a significant reduction in carbon dioxide. The engine produces 145 hp / 185 Nm. The 2.5-liter, five-cylinder Flexifuel engine will be introduced in the first half of 2008. This engine is equipped with a turbocharger and produces 200 hp.
The MacPherson support chassis at the front and the Multilink axle at the rear are designed to ensure predictable driving behavior and alert steering response. The Multilink rear axle is an independent suspension system with a number of links arranged to provide a combination of controlled wheel movement and high level driving comfort. Some links have the task of giving a certain level of anti-skid steering effect. Long wheelbase and wide lane together with the body are very torsionally contributing to well-controlled driving behavior.
The new Volvo S80 with a V8 or six cylinder engine can be optionally determined with an active chassis based on Volvo Four-C technology. With this system, the chassis settings are automatically adjusted to suit the current driving situation, thus increasing comfort in handling and driving. Three alternative chassis settings allow the driver to change the behavior of driving a car to suit his personal taste at the touch of a button. The V8 version of the new Volvo S80 is equipped with a Volvo All-Wheel Drive. The AWD system uses electronically controlled hydraulic couplings to distribute power between the front and rear wheels to provide the best road grip in all situations.
The advanced Volvo DSTC (Dynamic Stability and Traction Control) system is equipped as standard. DSTC steps in and helps the driver bring the car back in line if there is a tendency to slip.
Review exhaust emissions
The new S80 Volvo is built and equipped to have as little impact as possible on the global environment and to provide a clean and healthy car environment. Gasoline engines with low internal friction, efficient combustion, and sophisticated exhaust filtering techniques all help produce low emission levels. Energy-efficient diesel engines produce low carbon dioxide and particle emissions.
The Volvo IAQS (Interior Air Quality System) effectively reduces the number of particles, pollen, gas, and certain odors in the air entering the passenger compartment. All interior fabrics and leather used in the seats are certified according to the ÖKO-TEX 100, an international standard that ensures that the interior is free from allergy and dangerous substances.
The climate unit can also be equipped with the Clean Zone Interior Package, a sophisticated system that provides healthier air quality in the passenger compartment (approved by the Swedish Association for Asthma and Allergies). When the car is not locked using the remote control, the passenger compartment is automatically ventilated for about one minute if the outside temperature exceeds 10 degrees Celsius.
Gallery of 2006 Volvo S80 Specs and Review
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