Originally posted by InDy:
Check out the April issue of CAR Magazine on page 51, here is what it says...
Rumors are that this V8 engine has been develped by Yamaha specifically for the S80. Some of you folks might remember that the first generation Taurus SHO had a Yamaha V6 engine that was very highly praised, one of the best V6 engines to have been produced. Yamaha has an excellent reputation, so I guess we will have to see what happens.
the Yamaha story has been circulating in Goteborg a few years, now...I hope they settle on something although, IMO, I would think that the priority would be to make this car even more luxurious, a bit more powerful (in both ends but especially the 2.9) and offer AWD. They should not spend too much brain matter in how to be able to fit a V8 or a V10. Sure, such an achievement would elevate the car but not nearly enough to justify the R&D costs.
Or even better...develop the engine but launch a 7-series/S-class fighter, a VERY luxurious S80 or S100. Something that will make people look at such car and say "wow, I did not expect this from Volvo!". Heck, even the Volvo Wannabes, a.k.a. VW, are entering the fray!