Volvo S80 gets new high-performance six and five-cylinder turbodieselEnlarge Photo
Volvo has given its S80 saloon an engine upgrade with the addition of a 285hp turbo-six lifted from its recently revealed V70 wagon. Also joining the lineup is a new turbodiesel five-cylinder variant and both the new models are equipped with AWD running gear. This latest AWD system features an electronically controlled hydraulic clutch, distributing drive between the front and rear axles.
The high-performance inline-six is based on Volvo’s existing 3.2L mill, which was introduced back in March last year. The latest version displaces just 3.0L, is constructed from aluminum and also gets a turbocharger for extra huff. The end result is 285hp (210kW) and 400Nm of torque coming on from a lowly 1,500rpm. Expect the 0-100km/h dash to take 7.2 seconds. Volvo’s turbocharger design takes in exhaust gases in two stages, with the inflow divided into two lots of three cylinders each, a system known as twin-scroll technology. Twin-scroll technology allows Volvo to use a more compact and less complicated turbocharger.
The new D5 oil-burner offers 185hp (136kW) and the same 400Nm of torque as the gasoline variant. It features an electronically controlled turbocharger, advanced multi-point injection technology and a complex engine management system. To keep emissions in check, Volvo has added a particle filter as standard, which requires no servicing.