Model Overview: 2008 Volvo S80
Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price
S80 3.2: $38,705
S80 T6 AWD: $42,045
S80 V8 AWD: $49,210
All new last year, the acclaimed Volvo S80 gains an exciting new dimension in performance for 2008 with the introduction of the turbocharged T6 AWD. This revolutionary new model fits perfectly between the normally aspirated S80 3.2 and the flagship S80 V8 AWD.
Based on the S80's compact 3.2-liter 235-horsepower inline-6 cylinder engine, the T6 version has a displacement of 3.0 liters, producing 281 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. Maximum torque is on tap from just 1,500 rpm and remains available all the way up the rev range, resulting in remarkably quick acceleration and smooth drivability.
The somewhat smaller cylinder displacement of the T6, owing to slightly narrower cylinder bore and shorter stroke, is compensated by a single turbocharger with twin-scroll technology. This takes in exhaust gases in two stages with inflow divided into lots of three cylinders each. Thus, the T6 permits the use of a more compact and simplified turbo that provides extremely swift response with the lowest possible fuel consumption and exhaust emissions.
Like the S80 V8, the T6 is fitted with Volvo's All Wheel Drive with Instant Traction. Using an electronically controlled hydraulic clutch, the system distributes drive between the front and rear wheels to ensure the best possible road grip in all situations. All S80s feature a standard six-speed "Geartronic" transmission.
Volvo's first V8-powered sedan continues to put out 311 horsepower and 325 lb.-ft. of torque. Changes to the S80 V8 include more standard premium features with bright taillight trim, brushed aluminum lower door side moldings, Classic Wood inlay center console and soft leather seating surfaces. The world first Personal Car Communicator (PCC) is now standard on the S80 V8 and remains optional on other variants.
In nearly every area of occupant protection the S80 expands Volvo's leadership in both preventative and protective safety. Innovations include a side airbag with dual chamber construction for enhanced hip and chest protection. Clever structural design employs four different grades of steel for predictable crash energy absorption. The S80 also features the next generation of WHIPS rear impact protection and new approaches to pedestrian safety.
Adaptive cruise control, optional on all S80s, uses a radar sensor to measure the distance to vehicles ahead and automatically adjust vehicle speed. Collision warning with brake support works in concert with the system, alerting the driver and applying the brakes if needed. The Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) is another high-tech option. Cameras near the outside mirrors detect vehicles that might be in a blind spot and relay the information to the driver.
On the inside, the S80's cabin is fitted with a super-slim center console, premium leather seating surfaces and real wood inlays. A power driver's seat with memory, power font passenger seat and power sunroof is among the list of standard amenities. Also included is a high performance sound system with 6-disc CD changer, auxiliary input, MP3 capability, a 160-watt amplifier and eight speakers.
All models can be enhanced with the optional Dynaudio Package that adds a 650-watt amplifier, Dolby Pro-Logic II Surround Sound and 12 Dynaudio® speakers. Rear seat headphone jacks and audio controls are new this year. SiriusTM Satellite Radio is also included. Other options include the Volvo Navigation System with HDD, DVD map data and remote control and a dual screen rear seat entertainment system.