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found these photoshops of the 08 s40. I think it's an improvement- cleaner and simpler. hopefully this is the real direction that Volvo will take with the mid-cycle refreshing. wanted to see what others thought. <p><A HREF="http://s2.supload.com/free/08_s40_f.jpg/view/" TARGET="_blank"><IMG SRC="http://s2.supload.com/thumbs/default/08_s40_f.jpg" BORDER="0"></A><br><A HREF="http://s2.supload.com/free/08_s40_r.jpg/view/" TARGET="_blank"><IMG SRC="http://s2.supload.com/thumbs/default/08_s40_r.jpg" BORDER="0"></A><p><A HREF="http://s2.supload.com/free/08_s40_f.jpg/view" TARGET="_blank">http://s2.supload.com/free/08_s40_f.jpg/view</A>/<br><A HREF="http://s2.supload.com/free/08_s40_r.jpg/view" TARGET="_blank">http://s2.supload.com/free/08_s40_r.jpg/view</A>/<br>
 

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Re: 2008 S40 Pics (855turbo95)

I'm not a big fan of those photoshops. I think the grill is way too big, but the lower valence is an ok idea. As for the rear, I prefer the trunk to be all one color, rather than that chrome strip. However, the chrome suits the S80 well. The tail lights are too generic now. I like them with the little circles in them.<p>I think the current one looks <i>much</i> better. Nothing I would really change about it.
 

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Re: 2008 S40 Pics (agc525)

I thought Volvo really did a good job with the 04.5... I agree, I can't think of anything tha really needs to be changed.....<p>When the 60 and 80 were freshened, you could really tell they needed it... Color matching the moldings, updating the interior, bumpers and adding clear lenses to the headlights and taillights were all things that needed to be done to make the cars look better...<p>I don't think anything is needed yet on the 40...
 

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Re: 2008 S40 Pics (dugums)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>dugums</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>I don't think anything is needed yet on the 40...</TD></TR></TABLE><p>More powerfull engine but leave the styling alone.
 

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I agree on the styling. I love the way the car flows now. It's got its individual style, as opposed to just being a scaled down 60 or 80.
 

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Re: 2008 S40 Pics (dugums)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>dugums</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">not digging the bigger grille...</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Roger that.<p>It changes the S40 from a guppy to a wide mouth bass. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: 2008 S40 Pics (855turbo95)

Nothing tickles me with the "new" look that IMO is a return to the plain looks of yesteryear. The good lines of even the basic package on the 04.5 and 05's give distinction with a touch of class and hint of sportiness. <p>Agree they need to upgrade the powerplant. Our babies are underpowered by todays sport compact standard. 240-300hp is the rule and most the makers are trodding the road. Volvo is not known for performance or reliability as of late and "looks" are what we have left. My car and surely hundreds others do not start on the first crank in the morning...$30K, 10 mos and 11K miles...what the? Those words should not be in the same sentence.<p>Hopefully the sport package will dress this up a bit. Good distinct looks is the one strong point we have, everyone turns and looks when we cruiz through a stoplight. That appeal does not show through in this model, notably with the grille. And if the Volvo SSS continues to be prevelent, woe unto them. Hope they're listening...<p>Any pics of the interior?
 

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Re: 2008 S40 Pics (Ride S40T)

I like mine better ! and wouldn't go for that .. it looks a bit more family-ish looking
 

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Re: 2008 S40 Pics (al820)

Looks like a crappy photoshop, and it is. Current model looks much better. With a car as seemgingly rare as S40(and especially V50), I don't think Volvo needs to freshen it up at all, especially not by 08.<p>If Volvo wanted to do something cool, bring us an S40/V50 R models. 280ish hp, 18" wheels, lower suspension on AWD, sport seats, etc. THAT would be a great freshen up for 08.<p>Just a note though, I think the 218hp is MORE than enough for most drivers. Despite being slightly down in hp, the added torque of the T5 makes up for it, and I know my 6 speed AWD V50 has very little trouble handling Japanese cars with more hp.<p> Al
 

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Re: 2008 S40 Pics (Al Canuck)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Al Canuck</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Looks like a crappy photoshop, and it is. Current model looks much better. With a car as seemgingly rare as S40(and especially V50), I don't think Volvo needs to freshen it up at all, especially not by 08.<p>If Volvo wanted to do something cool, bring us an S40/V50 R models. 280ish hp, 18" wheels, lower suspension on AWD, sport seats, etc. THAT would be a great freshen up for 08.<p>Just a note though, I think the 218hp is MORE than enough for most drivers. Despite being slightly down in hp, the added torque of the T5 makes up for it, and I know my 6 speed AWD V50 has very little trouble handling Japanese cars with more hp.<p> Al</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Have to agree with you Al, 218hp is more than enough (for most people). However, if a V50R were available, that's what I would be driving.<br>The front end of the 08 looks like its headed in Audi's direction, big ugly shnoz!<br> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthdown.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: 2008 S40 Pics (Al Canuck)

I don't think Volvo is facelifting the S40- it just looks like some photoshop that somebody did.<p>They should work on reliability.<p>I don't think a drastic increase in hp is necessary. If they can tweak out a few more hp and torque with an ECU upgrade, then that's fine. But there's no need to boost hp to 280hp or 300hp or add a twin-turbo.<p>They should work on the suspension and ride. And for the AWD, tweak it so there is a more RWD-biased.<p>And they should improve geartronic and give it paddle shifters. I know the paddle shifters are totally useless, but I think they're cool. <p>Give it more exteral/internal color options and throw in some more wheel options next year.<p><br>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Token</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Clear lights at the rear</TD></TR></TABLE><p>What do you think the current lights are? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/confused.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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These pictures are ridiculous. The entire care is in focus but the obvious photoshopped grill is pixilated and blury. The perspective on the lower grill with fogs is not exactly the right perspective or angle (it's close) and there is a small grey smudge on the right where the healing tool blended with some of the top of the front bumper during their poor touch up session. Fake on so many levels. You have failed and go back to school or buy a photoshop tutorial book if you think these will pass for anything more than a classroom exercise (and I would give them a C+ at best for that).
 

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Re: 2008 S40 Pics (855turbo95)

The current S40 was Volvo's best fresh out of the box design effort since the original 850.<br>Not alot to complain about in the looks dept.<br>I would add LED tailights, get rid of the faux wood, and have a nicer selection of wheels.<p>The car isn't going to get any more powerful, certainly not 300hp.<br>Not unless you want to spend $40,000 for an S40, and none of you do.<br>The 218 hp IS more than enough for 99% of the S40's market.
 

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Re: 2008 S40 Pics (VolvoMax)

<IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Those all sound like good changes!!!
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>BenES</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>What do you think the current lights are? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/confused.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Clear lights like in the facelifted tail-lights on the S60 2005+<br>
 

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Yep, these are clearly mockups, but whether they reflect actual Volvo thinking or not, everyone might as well get used to the idea that the cars are going to change eventually. It's not as if they are massively popular looking as they do. And MY 2008 will be the fifth official model year for the S40 -- around mid-life is typically when you see nose and tail freshening done on most cars (and some people). The S40 and V50 have really just finally hit their stride from a content perspective (aux-in, satellite radio, more standard features, etc.) so upcoming changes are certain to include cosmetic ones eventually.
 
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