One of the sales guys I spoke with told me the S80 would get this option this year, because the brakes were bigger. Seems he was mistaken. With sales numbers being so low, I think it's more a case of they don't think they'd sell enough of these updates to justify offering it. I'd buy it..Maybe it has bigger brakes? If I remember correctly that's the quoted reason why the S80 in the US isn't getting it. Or maybe the brakes aren't really the issue and they simply don't think anyone will buy it.
I think we all agree that the heartbeat sensor is kind of gimmicky anyway, though. The V8 and 4C are a big deal. Can you get 4C as an OSD option anymore? I was looking at the OSD brochure for the S80 and I noticed they have a really unique blue leather interior available. I really liked that.The three that immediately come to mind are the V8, 4C and heartbeat sensor. I guess you could say that they got rid of Dynaudio but that was more of a replacement than a removal. They've also limited interior trim options but that has been for the entire generation. I've never understood why you can get so many options via OSD but not if you just order the car.
You're right. That does make complete sense. But why stop offering 4C on the flagship car? There's nothing about it that makes it special. You can't even get the Executive Package here anymore. They have the inscription thing, but that just gets you some extra leather and some tacky embroidery.I believe the V8 was taken out of the lineup for obvious reasons. The T6 engine now has 300 horsepower. What sense does it make to sell a V8 with 14 more horsepower (which is probably eaten up by the higher engine weight anyway) and worse fuel economy? Who would still buy the V8?
I do agree that the 325HP version would have been a better replacement for the V8, but ... oh well.
The brake issue has to be a completely bogus explanation. Here's a Q&A from the Polestar site:It is the brakes. The US spec (unlike Mexico and Sweden) cars have smaller brakes and that is the reason they will not permit it.