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By: Dan Strong
May 27, 2002


V8 Power for Bigger S80

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Swedish car maker Volvo has been checking its math to make sure that eight goes into 80 - and it does. It's turning up the heat on luxury rivals BMW and Mercedes with its facelifted S80, the flagship version of which will be powered by an all-new V8 engine. Not only that, but the revised model will also be longer than before.

Our spies say the car will debut at next year's Detroit Motor Show, sporting new lights inspired by the forthcoming XC90, as well as a reworked bodykit which includes fuller bumpers and new wing mirrors. Inside, it will build on many of the ideas seen on the XC90.

Under the skin, changes will be even more dramatic. Rather than use an existing V8 from sister firm Jaguar, Volvo has fine-tuned a new unit with the help of Yamaha, which also worked on the Ford Puma's 1.7-litre engine.

It's expected to produce at least 320 bhp and 295 lb.ft of torque, propelling the flagship Volvo to an electronically limited 155 mph top speed. Front-wheel drive will be replaced by the Haldex AWD system developed for the new S60R, and the model could use that machine's active suspension and dynamic stability control, too.

Prices have yet to be confirmed, but Volvo is said to be aiming for around $55,000 USD undercutting rivals such as the BMW 540i and Mercedes E500. The firm will then start work on a V8 edition of the XC90.
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It might look something like this, when it is shown in Detroit next year:

XC90 Type Headlights
XC90 Type Door Handles
XC90 Type Interior
Longer Overall Length
Mirrors with Turn Signals
Cleaner Bumper Designs
New Wheel Designs



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Originally posted by InDy:
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By: Dan Strong
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V8 Power for Bigger S80

-Drew
Yes, that will be interesting. But unless they completely reform the model with the V8 (like have gizmos such as more advanced Nav system, voice recognition telephone, infared sensors for night vision, quieter, etc.) people are not going to pay mid 50K. They should develop an even larger platform car and then stuff a V8 in it...Oh well!

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Originally posted by GrecianVolvo:
Yes, that will be interesting. But unless they completely reform the model with the V8 (like have gizmos such as more advanced Nav system, voice recognition telephone, infared sensors for night vision, quieter, etc.) people are not going to pay mid 50K. They should develop an even larger platform car and then stuff a V8 in it...Oh well!

Yannis

Since when do they listen to us?????
 
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