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Swedespeed S60 T6 March 2012 Update

Chris Stewart

Mar 15, 2012 - 10:16:34 PM

The warm winter of 2012 has provided less than ideal conditions to test the S60’s Yokohama W.drive tires but Yokohama has developed an impressive tire that handles normal driving conditions much like an all-season tire. The 3.0-liter, 325hp T6 continues to demonstrate how the S60 combined with Haldex AWD, and a myriad of safety systems provide an entertaining commute around Washington D.C. The S60 adds a sense of security to the driving experience, which is especially comforting on the curvy countryside outside of Leesburg, VA where deer and farm equipment are known for suddenly appearing.

The FOUR-C (Continuously Controlled Chassis Concept) suspension transforms the ride of a firm, sports sedan into a comfortable family cruiser. The sensors on the chassis measure the longitudinal, lateral and vertical acceleration of the car relative to driving conditions. While suspensions adjusts in milliseconds and I would like to see the range of collaboration is adequate for the majority of S60 drivers, I would like to see the “Advanced” mode elevated to offer additional support for enthusiast driving.

I have always enjoyed Volvo interiors and the S60 balances sculpted and supportive seats designed for maximum comfort during long drives with sufficient lateral support for more spirited adventures. The chestnut colored leather offers just the right contrast to the sparkling Ember Black exterior paint. The entire T6 passenger compartment presents luxury and tasteful Scandinavian design.

The Premium Sound System produces 650 watts powering 12 speakers. The traditional speaker locations include a 1-inch tweeter, 2.5-inch mid-range and 6.5” woofer in the front doors and 1-inch tweeter and 6.5” woofer in the rear doors. A 1-inch tweeter and 3-inch speaker are housed in the upper center of the dash. The sound quality is good for a factory system and I would like to see Volvo offer an integrated subwoofer solution to enhance lower frequencies. My Apple iPod and iPhone integrated seamlessly with the Sensus interface. My iPhone 4S required several attempts before a successful Bluetooth connection. Once paired the sound quality sent and received was suitable. Voice commands have been hit or miss but I do not use this system enough to know the proper words for accurate responses. The head-unit offers a single-CD/DVD, Sirius satellite, FM and AM radio. An improved satellite buffer would help eliminate the two to three second loss of signal when driving under a bridge or overpass at highway speeds.

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The T6 responses best in Sport mode and I hope Volvo offers this software programming in the XC60 and XC70, especially when equipped with the Polestar tune. Living with the S60 for a few thousand miles it continues to excite and this is what an enthusiast wants from his or her vehicle. More S60 feedback to follow in the coming months and as someone recently mentioned to me, keep the shiny side up.