2010 Volvo S80 revealed

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 25, 2010

Introduced back in 2006, the second generation Volvo S80 saloon has not experienced lots of major modifications except for the long-wheelbase variant introduced late last year intended for the Chinese market. With the announcement by Volvo for its intentions of a slightly refreshed variant set for sale in the near future, things could significantly change for the S80 saloon.

The car will be updated in time for the 2010 model year and the updates consist of visible modifications to the body, an enhanced interior and a stiffer chassis and updated powerplant lineup. From what can be observed, the new saloon appears to be lower, longer and broader due partly to a new grill and rocker panels.

In the interior, the high-end feel of the car has been further enhanced, featuring leather seats and leather trimmed door panels. A silk metal frame that matches the more modern models like the XC60 is the upgraded version of the floating center stack. A brand new 5-cylinder diesel powerplant, which is Euro 5 compliant, will join the range.

It generates about 205hp (152kW) and 310lb-ft (420Nm) of torque while maintaining a fuel consumption of 38mpg (6.2 liters/100km) and a C02 emissions rating of 164g/km. Furthermore, the 2010 S80 will also be offered with a second diesel unit capable of 175hp (130kW) and 310lb-ft (420Nm) of torque.

Volvo has also added a new chassis management system that is equipped with two settings: a "comfort" chassis will be available as standard and a "sport" chassis which is lowered as optional.

The sport variant comes with a 20mm lower ride at the front and 15mm at the rear, plus stiffer springs, enhanced shocks and tougher anti-roll braces. This refreshed Volvo S80 will be introduced next week at the Geneva even and will be available for sale by mid-year.

Press Release

Volvo S80

The Volvo S80 is a luxury car that offers distinctive Scandinavian design, innovative technology, a refined ride, spaciousness and comfort. This luxurious and modern Volvo is an elegant premium-badge alternative to big-selling German executive cars and reinforces Volvo's leadership in safety, quality and environmental care. Yet it's also a car that offers high levels of driving enjoyment, thanks to extensive development on UK roads, powerful new engines and advanced chassis dynamics.

Three new turbodiesels that reduce both fuel consumption and emissions are welcome additions to the model. These include two frugal five-cylinder, 2.4-litre turbodiesels - the 2.4D (175PS) and D5 (205PS). The 2.4D now offers 175PS, 420Nm of torque from 1500-2750rpm and 0-60mph in 8.4 seconds. The D5 has 205PS, 420Nm of torque from 1500-3250rpm and 0-60mph is possible in 7.5 seconds (8.5 Geartronic).

Both engines deliver excellent fuel economy with up to 60.1mpg and 47.9mpg for the 2.4D on the extra-urban and combined cycles, and 56.5 mpg and 45.6 mpg respectively for the D5.

Meanwhile, a new entry level 1.6D DRIVe engine delivers class-leading CO2 emissions of just 129g/km plus 57.7 mpg on the combined cycle.

Engine choice also includes a high-performance 315PS V8, used in a top-of-the-range All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) version and a 2.5T 231PS petrol unit.

The new Volvo S80 features a number of exterior design changes that have resulted in a lower, longer and wider stance, further increasing the car's appeal. Despite the new look however, the latest S80 is unmistakably Scandinavian in style and functionality.

"We're challenging the very best in the segment by offering refined Scandinavian luxury," says Stephen Odell, president and CEO of Volvo Cars. "The new Volvo S80 has clean and elegant lines combined with intelligent functionality."

Volvo expects that the new range of engines, advanced ride and handling, distinctive Scandinavian design and its latest advances in safety technology will boost the S80's UK sales, especially in the corporate sector. The new DRIVe models will hold particular appeal here thanks to low CO2 emissions and impressive fuel economy for such a large car.

The Volvo S80 is class leading in safety and personal security. Technical innovations include a Personal Car Communicator, which checks if the car is locked or unlocked, if the alarm has been activated, and can also sense if anyone is in the car uninvited. A Collision Warning with Auto Brake helps to avoid running into the car in front, while a Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) registers if another vehicle is in the blind spot, alongside the car.

The new model also features two new chassis for enhanced comfort and driveability. The Lowered Dynamic option delivers greater poise and athleticism on the road, while the Comfort chassis is tailored to suit a more gentle, relaxed driving style.

DESIGN CONCEPT

The Volvo S80 is a car that expresses a more dynamic evolution of Volvo's exterior design language. It's more sweeping, more elegant, tighter surfaced, and has a leaner and more agile look.

"The Volvo S80 should express elegance, alertness and smooth movement," says Peter Horbury, Design Director of Volvo Cars. "We aimed to achieve this with more rounded shapes, higher haunches and more sweeping lines."

The tapered shape with the gently rounded front, sloping glass, almost invisible transfer from rear window to boot panel and the abruptly vertical tail, all create a sensation of speed. This has been further emphasised by the parallel profiles on the bonnet and the sweeping roofline. The elegant flowing lines are also aided by the slimmer A- and C-posts. The narrower A-posts also have a primary safety benefit, reducing the visibility 'dead zone' in front of the driver. The entire side-glass panel is also framed by a chromed trim moulding, to give extra elegance.

"The S80 needs to be instantly recognisable as a Volvo," says Peter Horbury. "That is why we have emphasised many of those elements that help create the special Volvo character, such as the suggestion of strength and protection from the bodywork and the traditional Volvo front grille."

Like all the latest, modern Volvo designs, the Volvo S80 features pronounced curvature at the front corners to create a more compact and dynamic impression as well as reducing the risk of injuries to pedestrians. At the front, the new Volvo S80 features a new grille with the larger iron mark badge, which is part of the more extrovert DNA as seen on the new XC60 crossover. There is also new chrome detailing on the air intakes, lower part of the doors and under the tail lamps.

The shaped tail lamps echo the design of the other cars in today's Volvo range, but their profile has been refined to create a lower profile that follows the S80's broad, protective shoulder line. Those wide, curved shoulders gives real solidity to the body, and reinforce the image of the car having a robust safety cage, for excellent protection. LED lights at the top of the lamp units make it easy to identify the curved rear lights of the all-new Volvo S80 from a long way behind, especially in the dark.

DRIVING DYNAMICS: ENGINES

The Volvo S80 is the best handling, most agile, and best-performing big Volvo saloon ever. New versions of Volvo's renowned five-cylinder common-rail diesel engines produce excellent fuel economy and performance, while the arrival of the 1.6D DRIVe model delivers big car comfort with reduced fuel costs and lower CO2 emissions that cut road tax bills.

First V8 Volvo saloon

The S80 was the first Volvo saloon ever to use a V8 engine. Its compact design, with a close angle of just 60 degrees between the cylinder banks enables it to be installed transversely under the bonnet of the Volvo S80, conferring substantial safety advantages. It also improves packaging, and is one reason why the Volvo S80 is so roomy.

The left-hand bank of cylinders is also offset slightly relative to the right bank - the opposite of normal V8 design. This has enabled the unit to be designed exactly to match the front-end collision protection structure.

The counter-rotating balancer shaft between the banks makes this engine one of the world's smoothest running V8s.

The 4.4-litre V8 engine is immensely powerful, with a maximum of 315 PS and no less than 440 Nm of torque at 3950rpm. They jointly satisfy the needs of particularly enthusiastic driving or effortless motorway cruising. There's a massive 370 Nm of torque available around 2000 rpm - the most common rev range in everyday driving. Variable camshaft timing as well as a variable intake system improves both fuel economy and the spread of torque.

Top speed of the V8 AWD Volvo S80 is 155mph, and with the standard Geartronic transmission 0-60 mph acceleration takes just 6.0 seconds. It can achieve 34.0mpg and 23.7 mpg on the extra-urban and combined cycles respectively.

"This powerful V8 means we can reach out to the most discerning of customers," says Derek Crabb, Vice President of Powertrain at Volvo Cars. "In the prestige class, there are many buyers who would never consider any other engine alternative."

Furthermore, this is one of the cleanest and most economical V8 engines on the market with CO2 emissions of 284 g/km.

Five-cylinder turbo petrol (2.5T)

Volvo's familiar and popular light-pressure turbo five-cylinder engine, the 2.5T has been re-engineered for 2010 to deliver more power - up 31PS to 231PS - and 340Nm of torque.

The 2.5T remains an extremely compact unit, partly because the turbocharger has been integrated into the exhaust manifold. Top speed is 130 mph for both manual and Geartronic versions, and 0-60 mph acceleration takes 6.9 seconds (man) and 7.1 seconds (Geartronic). Fuel economy improves to 44.8mpg (40.9mpg Geartronic) and 32.8mpg (29.4mpg Geartronic) on the extra-urban and combined fuel economy cycles and CO2 emissions drop to 206g/km (229g/km Geartronic).

Five-cylinder diesel engines - 2.4D and D5

There are two versions of Volvo's 2.4-litre, five-cylinder common-rail direct injection diesel engine available for the all-new Volvo S80. Both have been revised to deliver more power and torque to increase driveability - the 2.4D now offering 175PS, 420Nm of torque from 1500-2750rpm and 0-60mph in 8.4 seconds. The D5 has 205PS, 420Nm of torque from 1500-3250rpm and 0-60mph possible in 7.5 seconds (8.5 Geartronic).

Both engines deliver excellent fuel economy with up to 60.1mpg and 47.9mpg for the 2.4D on the extra-urban and combined cycles, and 56.5mpg and 45.6mpg respectively for the D5.

CO2 figures

With CO2 emissions of 155g/km, the 2.4D powerplant also slots in beneath the all-important 160g/km threshold governing new Writing Down Allowances for company cars that were introduced in April 2009.

"This is yet another step in our determination to reduce the combustion engine's environmental impact, at the same time as we give customers even more refined and sophisticated engines with excellent performance," says Derek Crabb, Vice President, Powertrain Engineering at Volvo Cars.

New high-performance D5 engine

The performance and drivability requirements in the high-performance D5-engine have been solved with twin turbochargers of different sizes that operate in sequence to provide added power over a broader rev range. The result is an engine that delivers an immediate response from the lowest engine revs without any perceptible turbo lag. It also offers rapid acceleration at all speeds, with smooth power delivery between the power bands of both turbo-charger ranges.

This twin-turbo technology in the D5 has also made it possible to introduce higher levels of exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) across a wider rev range. This harnesses the two turbochargers' different properties to deliver a combination of high performance and low fuel consumption.

The advanced fuel injection technology uses piezoelectric fuel injectors. This provides precise distribution of the atomised fuel in the combustion chamber, resulting in efficient combustion and low emissions.

New single-turbo 2.4D

The main focus for the new 2.4D engine was to reduce fuel consumption and consequent emissions. The injection system features a different type of piezoelectric fuel injectors to the D5, which aims to cut fuel consumption through extremely rapid and precise injection sequences. The high injection pressure results in an effective combustion. To promote the driveability, the single turbocharger has been optimised to produce high torque from low revs.

Mutual technology

The two new diesel engines share a number of technology solutions. The engines have lower compression, more efficient combustion and the latest generation of engine management. Volvo Cars' powertrain experts have reduced internal friction and pump losses in the diesel engines. The pressure drop in the intake and exhaust system has also been reduced.

The new turbo diesels have also been equipped with ceramic glow plugs, a high-tech solution that delivers improved starting properties owing to very quick warming up. They reach a temperature of 1,000 degrees Celsius in just two seconds, making the engine easy to start and helping to cut emissions. In certain driving conditions, such as at really low engine revs, the ceramic glow-plugs can also be used to increase the temperature in the cylinders, further improving combustion efficiency.

DRIVe

The new Volvo S80 range will also be offered with a DRIVe option for the first time. Power will come from a 109PS four-cylinder 1.6D turbodiesel engine to deliver a car with the comfort and luxury expected of a large saloon, but with the emissions of a much smaller vehicle. The S80 DRIVe will return up to 57.7 mpg on the combined cycle while emitting just 129 g/km CO2.

"More buyers than ever are focusing on fuel economy and it's important to give them more choice," says Chris Wailes, Product Manager at Volvo Car UK. "The 1.6D DRIVe model enables customers to enjoy the benefits of a large saloon with the reduced fuel consumption and lower emissions, and therefore lower running costs, that are made possible with the DRIVe technology."

2.0D diesel engine

The transverse mounted four-cylinder 2.0D diesel engine features a lively 136PS and 320Nm of torque. This high-technology, eco-friendly engine uses second-generation common-rail diesel technology and is fitted with a maintenance-free, regenerating diesel particulate filter. Top speed is 124mph, 0-60mph acceleration takes 10.4 seconds and, most pleasingly of all, combined fuel consumption is a frugal 49.6mpg.

Six-speed automatic or manual gearboxes

The five-cylinder diesel and petrol engines are offered with a choice of six-speed manual or six-speed Geartronic gearboxes. Geartronic allows a driver to change gear manually, as well as enjoy full automatic transmission. Geartronic automatic transmissions are standard on the V8 and an option on the 2.5T, 2.4D and D5.

The new DRIVe models come with a 5-speed manual gearbox, while the 2.0D, 2.5T, 2.4D and D5 are available with a six-speed manual.

The V8 gets all-wheel drive with Instant Traction as standard, while all other models in the Volvo S80 range are front-wheel drive.

Two new chassis - Lowered Dynamic and Comfort

The driving dynamics and ride of the new Volvo S80 have been updated and improved by the introduction of two new chassis - the Lowered Dynamic Chassis and the Comfort Chassis.

The Lowered Dynamic Chassis will be offered as standard on the SE and SE Lux models. The Comfort Chassis will be the only chassis available on the Executive trim level.

The Lowered Dynamic Chassis has been developed to offer drivers enhanced sporting driving characteristics and more responsive handling, while the Comfort Chassis offers a compliant and smooth ride. The introduction of these new chassis' gives customers the opportunity to tailor their S80 to suit their driving style - for inspired and enthusiastic driving or relaxed comfort.

"For some customers, the driving experience is most important, while others prioritise ride comfort," says Stefan Sällqvist, section manager for vehicle dynamics at Volvo Cars. "We analysed the different requirements and designed two alternative chassis with entirely different natures."

Lowered Dynamic Chassis gives a sporty profile

In order to meet the demands of Volvo S80 customers who are more interested in driving dynamics, Volvo has made the Lowered Dynamic Chassis far more taught and rigid. The car has been lowered by 20 millimetres at the front and 15 millimetres at the rear. This results in a lower centre of gravity enhancing the driving characteristics as well as visually lowering the profile of the car.

In detail, the Lowered Dynamic Chassis benefits from shortened coil springs and higher spring rates, while the shock absorbers have been given greater damping ability on both compression and extension strokes. All the mountings on the sub-frame have harder bushings and the anti-roll bars have also been strengthened to give increased side stability in corners. All of these changes result in a more direct steering feel and increased control, particularly during dynamic driving. This is further aided by the steering gear which has been tailored to provide a quicker response, all adding up to more direct contact between the tyres and road surface.

To provide additional stability, the Lowered Dynamic Chassis is fitted with automatic levelling to keep the car's body perfectly positioned with the road surface whatever the driving conditions, both when fully loaded and with only the driver on board.

"The new Lowered Dynamic Chassis provides the highest levels of sporting driving in a Volvo," says Stefan Sällqvist. "The car has a completely new character and it feels far more compact and agile on the road. For those interested solely in a smoother ride, we have the Comfort Chassis dedicated entirely to providing luxurious ride comfort."

Comfort Chassis offers a smooth ride

In parallel with the development of the new Lowered Dynamic Chassis, the standard chassis has been re-engineered with the highest levels of comfort as its goal. It now offers an uncompromisingly comfort-orientated ride with softer springs and more subtle damping to deliver a ride comfort of complete luxury for all occupants.

AWD with Instant Traction for S80 V8

To handle the impressive power and torque of its new V8 engine, the flagship Volvo S80 V8 is equipped with All Wheel Drive (AWD) as standard. It offers better handling on slippery surfaces, such as snow or icy roads, and also avoids the torque steer that's sometimes found in very powerful front-drive cars, so it always offers maximum traction and optimal handling.

Instant Traction, a Volvo patented system, switches power instantly from front to rear (or vice versa) to help start from very slippery or loose surfaces. The AWD system operates independently of driver input, distributing torque automatically between the front and rear wheels for the best possible grip in all conditions.

A 'pre-charged' function uses a non-return valve within the coupling, making 80Nm of torque instantly available to the rear wheels if the sensors detect any slippage. It feeds more power to the rear wheels as the car pulls away to improve acceleration. Once moving, power is balanced between front and rear, reducing drive to the rear wheels when not needed, and reducing fuel consumption.

The intelligent AWD system uses a variety of sensors to monitor the road surface and the steering wheel, brake and accelerator pedal positions. In normal driving conditions on dry roads, almost all the power is distributed to the front wheels. However, for off-road work, or if the sensors detect slippage, torque is diverted to the rear wheels to maximise traction.

The Volvo S80 V8 AWD further benefits from Volvo's TRACS anti-spin system. TRACS prevents wheel spin by transferring power across the axle if it detects a wheel is losing grip on one side.

Other S80 models use front wheel drive, which offers predictable and safe handling, plus better traction, than rear-wheel drive.

DRIVING DYNAMICS: STEERING, BRAKES and TRANSMISSION

The five-cylinder petrol and diesel engines (2.5T, 2.4D and D5) have a six-speed manual gearbox which can be upgraded to the six-speed Geartronic transmission which is standard on the V8 engine. Volvo's Geartronic automatically adjusts its shift points to reflect the driver's style and also offers a manual, sequential-shift facility where the driver is able to choose gears individually by tipping the lever forwards to change up and backwards to change down. The four cylinder DRIVe engine comes with a five-speed manual gearbox.

Steering is by direct rack and pinion steering, and power assistance is standard. Speed-dependent power steering is available (and fitted as standard on V8 models). It provides extra power assistance at low speeds, for instance to make parking easier. The power assistance gradually declines as road speed increases, disappearing entirely at high cruising speeds.

To give all drivers their own optimum road feel, the level of steering servo assistance can now be adjusted via the car's information and set-up system. Power steering assistance can be set at one of three levels.

The DSTC (Dynamic Stability and Traction Control) system (standard on all Volvos) increases driving safety on twisty roads and in slippery conditions by using sensors to detect if one of the driven wheels shows any sign of losing traction and cutting the power to it at lightning speed so it can quickly regain grip. And if the car shows any tendency to skid, the system automatically brakes the relevant wheels to help maintain smooth control.

Braking is by four big disc brakes. Front brakes are ventilated, for improved cooling, and the latest-generation ABS brakes are standard. An electric parking brake is standard, which automatically releases as the car moves off.

All S80 models have Volvo's latest advanced braking system with new functions, including:

FBS (Fading Brake Support) - uses hydraulics to gradually build up braking pressure during constant braking to help reduce the risk of wear and retain pedal feel.
HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist) updates Volvo's EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution) and EBA (Emergency Brake Assist) by using hydraulics to increase braking pressure when the driver brakes hard.
RAB (Ready Alert Brakes) recognises when the accelerator is released quickly or if the adaptive cruise control registers an obstacle in front of the car and places the brake pads against the brake discs even before the driver hits the brake pedal.
OHB (Optimised Hydraulic Brakes) reinforces the braking capacity in conjunction with hard braking to compensate for low vacuum pressure in the brake servo.
Volvo's research shows that many rear-end accidents happen because the driver is distracted or fails to react in time, which is why Volvo has introduced a (optional) new ACC (adaptive Cruise Control) with Distance Alert and Collision Warning with Auto Brake technology to help avoid such incidents, or at least minimise their effects.

The system uses a radar system to continuously monitor the area in front of the car so that if it approaches another moving car and the driver does not react it triggers an audible signal and a red warning light flashes on the windscreen.

INTERIOR DESIGN

Scandinavia is famous for its innovative interior designs, and the Volvo S80 epitomises elegant Scandinavian luxury.

The interior of the car has a clear focus on exclusivity and comfort. The soft, cosseting leather seats with matching stitching are accompanied by door panels echoing the same trim. The super-slim floating centre stack is upgraded with a Silk Metal frame that enhances its luxury feel, while simultaneously creating a design link to the Volvo XC60.

The instruments in the new Volvo S80 feature aluminum dials and Volvo is also launching a new generation of steering wheel. The décor trim with Silk Matte metal-effect finish on the four-spoke steering wheel is also found in the gear selector and around the starter button.

"The new S80 should not just be seen, it has to be experienced. The atmosphere inside is both more comfortable and luxurious. We've also made the interior more driver-oriented, with a new steering wheel and upgraded instruments," says Volvo Cars President and CEO Stephen Odell.

One of the most elegant pieces of interior design is the modern, ultra-slim centre console, similar to the revolutionary design first introduced in its compact Volvo S40 saloon. The handsome console, which appears to float, contains most of the important switches and controls and contributes to the understated, simple interior design, without a plethora of confusing switchgear. The console stretches back to the rear seat and hosts a number of smart functions for storing and connecting accessories, such as an iPod.

"Customers in this segment are often very brand-loyal. In order to appear on the radar of customers currently driving competitor cars, we have to offer something that is extra. We do this by offering exclusiveness and comfort of the absolute top level. In combination with world-leading safety, this makes the new S80 very hard to beat," added Stephen Odell.

Comfort is a priority in Volvo's most luxurious car, which is why the S80 offers a spacious cabin with impressive head, leg and shoulder room both in the front and the rear. The result is one of the most spacious vehicles in the luxury car class.

Volvo has an excellent reputation for seating comfort and the Volvo S80 maintains that tradition. Electrically operated front seats can be upholstered in perforated, heated and ventilated leather. Front seat ventilation is supplied by the car's air conditioning system, and the air flows through the upholstery and seat cushion, reducing any stickiness caused by warm weather. The system also heats the front seats, for chilly days. Heated rear seats are also now available.

QUALITY AND EQUIPMENT

In line with Volvo's commitment to quality and the environment, all interior trim materials conform to the internationally recognised, ecological Oeko-Tex standard, and are emission-free to reduce allergic reactions and skin conditions. The Volvo S80 goes one step further by offering an optional Clean Zone Interior Package (CZIP) that provides clean cabin air to standards approved by the Swedish Asthma and Allergy Association. Volvo's Clean Zone Interior Package (CZIP) features an automatic air purging system. When the car is unlocked by the remote control, the passenger compartment is automatically ventilated for about one minute if the outside air temperature is above 10 degrees Celsius. Carefully selected trim materials, which minimise emissions of harmful substances, further helps to provide cabin air to a standard that is approved by the Swedish Asthma and Allergy Association.

Trim levels - SE, SE Lux and Executive

Volvos typically come much better equipped than rival German prestige cars and have their own distinctive Scandinavian design, and the Volvo S80 is no exception.

SE

The SE has Sundby Textile/T-Tec upholstery, electrically controlled driver's seat, 17in alloy wheels (16" on 1.6D DRIVe model), a High Performance eight-speaker audio system with 160-watt output and 1xCD, plus automatic sensing wipers, Cruise Control and autodimming rear view mirror. It is also distinguished by colour co-ordinated front spoiler and side mouldings.

SE Lux

The SE Lux model has leather-faced upholstery, heated and powered front seats, rear park assist, Active Bending headlamps with cleaning system, and cross brushed aluminium cabin trim.

Executive

On the range-topping Executive model, the seats and door panels are offered in exclusive soft Executive ventilated leather upholstery with massage function and door inserts including extra padded front armrests with four unique colour combinations. The ultimate Dynaudio Premium Sound Audio System and RTI satellite navigation are also standard. A fridge in the rear seat, complete with glasses, is available as an option. Executive models also feature metallic/pearlescent paint and 18" alloy wheels as standard.

Premium upgrade

The Premium model is the ultimate upgrade. The combination of Leather-faced upholstery, Satellite Navigation System (RTI) and DAB Radio is designed to complement the existing high levels of specification on SE and SE Lux models.

Audio systems

Volvo has its own team of audio experts and has a well deserved reputation for high quality audio systems. The all-new Volvo S80 has been designed to offer the best sound experience in the class. High Performance and the ultimate Dynaudio Premium Sound Audio Systems are offered.

The top-of-the-range Dynaudio Premium Sound Audio System, one of the very best in the automotive world, combines a digital amplifier, Dolby Pro-Logic II Surround and 12 speakers from renowned Danish speaker manufacturer Dynaudio. Thanks to the digital amplifier, the sound automatically adjusts to compensate for outside noise influences. Volume and tone both adjust. The amplifier has a very high damping factor, thanks to the ICEPower technology from Danish hi-fi experts Bang & Olufsen. This system contributes to the clear and powerful sound all the way down to the deepest bass notes.

Other S80 models feature the High Performance audio system, which uses a 4x40W amplifier and eight speakers to deliver superb audio quality

Both sound systems feature an extra input for connection to portable MP3 players, enabling them to be mated to the car's audio system.

Bluetooth®

Bluetooth®, the advanced wireless system, enables your mobile phone to be connected to the car's loudspeaker system. This allows for perfect sound and minimises the interference often experienced when a mobile is used while driving.

The Volvo S80 driver can tailor the car's comfort features to his or her own needs and tastes. These parameters are set in the car's information system. The menu covers features such as the seats, rear-view mirrors, climate unit, audio system, navigation and, to a certain extent, the car's driving properties too.

Rear seat DVD

The Volvo S80 can be fitted with an advanced rear seat entertainment (RSE) system. An integrated DVD player, twin eight-inch flat-screen monitors built into the front seat headrests, wireless headphones and remote control are all included. An extra socket means it is possible to connect an additional DVD player or video game. The two screens can then be used independently. A Digital TV option is also available to supplement the RSE system. This new option enables passengers to watch Freeview channels.

Volvo owners can personalise their car by choosing options. Many are conveniently grouped together, such as the Winter, Communications, Driver Support Pack and R-Design Interior Pack:

Winter pack: heated front seats, headlamp cleaning system, luxury floor mats and heated washer nozzles
Communications pack: Satellite Navigation System (RTI with RDS-TMC, remote control, Europe DVD maps, PCC (Personal Car Communicator) with Heartbeat sensor and Keyless Drive and Bluetooth® handsfree system.
Driver Support pack (not available on DRIVe, 2.0D): BLIS (blind Spot Information System), ACC (Adaptive Cruise Control) with Distance Alert and Collision Warning with Auto Brake and LDW (Lane Departure Warning) with DAC (Driver Alert Control).
R-Design Interior Pack (SE Premium and SE Lux Premium Models): Dynamic Sports Leather-faced front seats, R-Design Leather Sports Steering Wheel, Sports Gear Knob, Unique Instrument Dials, Aluminium Trim, Sports Floor Mats.
Design Pack (not available on DRIVe models): Metallic or InscriptionTM paint, 18" alloy wheels and Bluetooth®.
Volvo's Satellite Navigation System (RTI) features RDS-TMC (Traffic Message Channel) which displays up-to-date information on traffic problems. It has a large colour screen that rises from the top of the dashboard to be safely positioned in the driver's view. This is linked to a map system that displays information for most of Europe, and shows any traffic problem areas by a set of red or yellow symbols to indicate the severity of any congestion. Controls on the steering wheel make it easy for the driver to use the system, which can display information on the traffic areas highlighted; alternatively, there's a remote control unit for passengers to use. Volvo's Satellite Navigation System (RTI) allows alternative routes to be plotted faster than before, and there is more detailed information, including local speed limits when a national border is crossed. It also includes European mapping.

Volvo On Call - advanced telematics: Volvo On Call is a valuable personal safety feature using advanced telematics. The system uses an integrated GSM telephone with a built-in GPS unit for satellite positioning, and ensures help is always close at hand.

Volvo On Call - safety package: Volvo On Call comes with a standard safety package. If an airbag or seatbelt pre-tensioner is triggered in the event of an accident, Volvo On Call automatically calls the Emergency Services via BT999 and can also provide data of your location. Alternatively, pressing the red 'SOS' button on the integrated GSM telephone will put you straight through to the Emergency Services.

Also, if the car breaks down or you need help, pressing the Volvo On Call button will put you straight through to a Volvo On Call operator who is only a call away at any time of day to offer personal services such as route guidance, or to guide roadside assistance to you.

Volvo On Call - security package: An optional Volvo On Call security package offers the added benefits of a remote door unlock facility, theft notification and vehicle tracking.

Warranty

This quality assurance package is backed up by a comprehensive warranty. The standard mechanical warranty is three years/60,000 miles, there's a three-year, unlimited-mileage warranty on the paintwork and either eight or 12 years' cover against rust perforation. In addition, all Volvos are covered by one year's free Volvo Assistance cover (extendable up to three years), which provides full breakdown and recovery assistance, anywhere in Europe, 24 hours a day.

ENVIRONMENT

Good environmental protection is one of Volvo's cornerstones. All of the engines available in the all-new Volvo S80 are outstandingly economical, given their performance.

The manual diesel engine models have official combined fuel consumption figures of 57.7mpg (DRIVe), 49.6mpg (2.0D), 47.9mpg (2.4D) and 45.6mpg (D5), outstanding figures for a large luxury saloon with 124mph (2.0D), 130mph (2.4D) and 143mph (D5) performance. Even the high-performance V8 achieves a combined figure of 23.7 mpg - yet it has a top speed of 155mph and can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 6.0 seconds.

The diesel engines have a particulate filter that reduces exhaust particulates by 95 percent, and meet EU2005 emissions by a comfortable margin.

The new DRIVe diesel model is further proof of Volvo's commitment to reducing vehicle emissions. The S80 DRIVe delivers the comfort, space and luxury of a large saloon with the fuel consumption and emissions of a small car. It is capable of returning 57.7mpg (combined) and 129g/km CO2 - meaning it also falls underneath the 160g/km CO2 emissions threshold for new Writing Down Allowances on company cars that was introduced in April 2009.

The V8 engine was the world's first to comply with Euro5 and ULEV II emission control standards.

Healthier interior

Up to 16 million people in the UK suffer with some form of allergy - naturally this affects drivers too, whether as a private motorist or a company car driver.

Yet, while most of us are aware of vehicle emissions and air quality issues, how many drivers know that the air inside their cars may also be harmful? Or that the metals, textiles and leathers used in car interiors can emit volatile substances, which activate allergies and skin conditions?

Many motorists don't realise their car could be increasing their risks of asthma, eczema, headaches, eye irritation or even a heart attack. In recent years, the number of people suffering from allergies and other forms of hypersensitivity has been growing rapidly.

Volvo's 'Clean inside and out' programme to create emissions-free cars is a healthy solution to the problem.

The interior of the Volvo S80 complies with a strict standard called Oeko-Tex, which sets maximum levels for dangerous substances contained in textiles and trim materials. All the leather upholstery and the trim meets Oeko-Tex standards. The components that most frequently come into contact with the skin - the door handles, ignition key and safety belt locks - are also compliant with Oeko-Tex and allergen-free.

Every Volvo S80 benefits from Volvo's Air Quality System (AQS). This constantly monitors the cabin environment to minimise odours and pollutants entering from the outside. It ensures that the air inside the car is always cleaner than that outside. The air-conditioning system also incorporates a cabin air filter that prevents dust, pollen and exhaust gas particles entering the car.

The Volvo S80 goes one step further by offering an optional Clean Zone Interior Package (CZIP) that provides clean cabin air to standards approved by the Swedish Asthma and Allergy Association. Volvo's new Clean Zone Interior Package (CZIP) features an automatic air purging system. When the car is unlocked by the remote control, the passenger compartment is automatically ventilated for about one minute if the outside air temperature is above 10 degrees Celsius. This process expels stale air and removes potential airborne allergens from the driving environment.

SAFETY

Volvo is a renowned world leader in automotive safety, and the all-new Volvo S80 features a new generation of preventive and protective safety systems.

The best way to protect the car occupants is to avoid accidents. This was one of the most important starting points when Volvo started work on the Volvo S80. To achieve the company's safety objectives, an entirely new generation of advanced driving and support systems was developed, some of which have been previewed on concept cars.

'The basic principle for our preventive safety systems is that they should not take over the driving or the driver's responsibility,' says Silvia Güllsdorf, Volvo S80 Project Director. 'The aim is to help the driver to make the correct decision in difficult situations by issuing a warning and then indicate how to deal with the situation.'

Adaptive Cruise Control with Distance Alert and Collision Warning with Auto Brake

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Distance Alert and Collision Warning with Auto Brake technology addresses the problem of rear-end impacts and is available as an option on the Volvo S80. The ACC and Distance Alert help the driver maintain a steady distance to the vehicle in front, while the Collision Warning and Auto Brake can automatically activate the brakes when a rear-end collision is imminent.

Collision Warning with Auto Brake uses both radar and a camera to detect vehicles in front of the car. The radar has a range of 150 metres while the camera range is 55 metres. By combining the information from both the radar and camera the system becomes more efficient and with statistics showing that 50 percent of rear-end impacts involve a stationary object, the system is also designed to detect stationary vehicles. The warning system can be adapted to match individual driving styles and conditions, and a choice of three sensitivity options can be selected in the car settings menu.

The system begins when the car is approaching another vehicle from behind and the driver does not react. To alert the driver, a red warning light flashes in the head-up display on the windscreen and an audible signal is heard. In many cases this gives the driver enough time to react and an accident can be avoided. If the risk of collision increases despite the warning, the brake support is activated. This shortens the reaction time by preparing the brakes and placing the brake pads against the discs. The brake pressure is also reinforced hydraulically, ensuring effective braking even if the driver doesn't press the brake pedal particularly hard.

If the driver still doesn't brake and the sensor system determines that a collision is going to happen, the brakes are activated automatically. Auto Brake is designed to lower the impact speed as much as possible and thereby reduce the risk of injury to the occupants of both vehicles. For example a reduction in speed from 37mph to 31mph gives approximately 30 percent less impact energy, which can mean the difference between a serious and minor injury. In some cases it can help avoid the impact completely.

To help maintain relaxed driving control Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) is also included within this option; this system maintains a steady distance between the car in front even when traffic flow is uneven. By using radar sensors to continuously measure the distance to the vehicle in front, the system automatically adapts the speed of the car to ensure that the distance is maintained. Adaptive Cruise Control handles part of the routine driving functions so the driver can focus on what's going on further ahead. There is a choice of five different time intervals ranging between 1 and 2.6 seconds.

Distance Alert (DA) is the final feature included in this option. The system helps the driver maintain a safe distance to the vehicle in front even when Adaptive Cruise Control is not in use. Activated via a button on the centre console, the driver can choose between five settings, similar to those of the ACC. If the time gap to the car in front gets shorter than the selected speed, the driver gets visual information in the head-up display on the lower section of the windscreen.

The availability of these systems depends on the number and quality of visible road markings. Poor light, fog, snow and extreme weather conditions can make the system unavailable.

Driver Alert Control and Lane Departure Warning

Driver Alert Control (DAC) as well as a Lane Departure Warning (LDW) system are also available as an option on the Volvo S80.

"Real life safety is the key to our safety philosophy. When it comes to preventative safety, we have the same approach as when we develop protective systems. In other words our research and technical developments focus on areas where new technology can create significant results in real-life-traffic," says Thomas Broberg, Senior Safety Advisor.

Rather than monitoring human behaviour (which varies from one person to another) DAC monitors the progress of the car on the road. Monitoring driving behaviour is more reliable as it assesses the impact that fatigue or distraction has on the car's movements and assesses whether it's being driven in a controlled, consistent manner. This also means that DAC covers a wider range of situations, such as when the driver is focusing too much attention on a mobile phone conversation or is distracted by other passengers in the car.

This system consists of a camera located between the windscreen and the interior rear view mirror, a number of sensors and a control unit. The camera measures the distance between the car and the road lane markings, while the sensors register the car's movements. This information is sent to the control unit which then calculates whether the driver is at risk of losing control of the car.

If the risk is assessed as high, the driver is alerted via an audible signal, while a text message and coffee cup symbol appear in the car's information display to urge the driver to take a break. The driver has the opportunity to access driving information throughout a journey, the starting point is five bars and the less consistent the driving, the fewer bars remain.

"It is, of course, always the driver's responsibility to take a break when necessary, but sometimes you might not realise that you're not alert enough to drive. In such situations, Driver Alert Control can help the driver make the right decision before the concentration level becomes too low," concludes Daniel Levin, project manager for Driver Alert Control at Volvo Cars.

LDW uses the camera located between the windscreen and the rear view mirror and monitors the car's position between the road markings. The system is activated via a button on the centre console and gives a gentle warning sound if the car crosses one of the road markings without reason such as if the indicator hasn't been used.

Both the Driver Alert Control and Lane Departure Warning are activated when the car reaches 40mph and they will stay active as long as the speed exceeds 37mph. The availability of these systems depends on the number and quality of visible road markings. The lane markings must be clearly visible and poor light, fog, snow and extreme weather conditions can make the system unavailable.

Blind Spot Information System makes lane changing safer

The Volvo S80 is also equipped with BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) and IDIS (Intelligent Driver Information System). With the aid of cameras beside the door mirrors, BLIS registers if another vehicle is in the blind spot alongside the car. The warning light beside the mirror is then activated.

IDIS

IDIS (Intelligent Driver Information System) is an electronic information system that avoids the driver being distracted by unimportant information in testing driving situations. By continuously checking certain functions in the car - such as steering wheel movements, movement of the accelerator pedal, indicator control and braking - IDIS can assess the complexity of the situation and delay any information that is not crucial to safety, such as an incoming telephone call or a text message.

Active Bending headlights 'see around corners'

To improve visibility when driving in the dark on winding roads, Volvo has launched the Active Bending Light - swivelling headlights that follow the bends in the road. The headlights can be swivelled by up to 15 degrees in each direction, totalling 30 degrees, and thus have the capacity to illuminate a longer distance when the road is winding. To save wear on the system, this function is disconnected automatically in daylight. To help reduce the risk of blinding oncoming road users, the angle of the headlights is adjusted depending on how heavily the car is loaded or if it is accelerating or braking.

The headlights are cleaned by means of an electro-mechanical, high-pressure system that washes one headlight at a time, always offering the best possible light.

Highly advanced braking system

The Volvo S80 has a highly advanced braking system with several new functions that interact to ensure the shortest possible braking distance.

Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA) is a new generation of Volvo's panic brake assistant. It helps the driver to brake in the shortest possible distance in an emergency. As opposed to earlier systems, which are based purely on vacuum, the braking pressure is also reinforced hydraulically. In an emergency situation, where the driver does not press the brake pedal sufficiently hard, HBA helps to ensure the ABS system is used optimally and the braking distance shortened.

Optimised Hydraulic Brakes (OHB) reinforces the braking capacity in conjunction with hard braking by using hydraulics to compensate for low vacuum pressure in the brake servo.

Ready Alert Brakes (RAB) can predict rapid braking and place the brake pads against the brake discs even before the driver presses the brake pedal. In doing so, the braking system's reaction time - and braking distance - is shortened.

Fading Brake Support (FBS) is another hydraulic-based system that compensates for brake fade - a temporary reduction in stopping effectiveness caused by prolonged and hard braking.

Protective Safety

The Volvo S80 has been developed to be one of the safest cars in the world. Its advanced body structure offers very high torsional rigidity and absorbs impact energy very effectively.

The patented front body structure has been divided into zones, each with a different task during the deformation process. The outer zones are responsible for most of the deformation. The closer the collision forces get to the passenger compartment, the less the material deforms.

To give each zone the correct properties, the steel grades have been varied. Four different steel grades are used. Apart from conventional bodywork steel, three different grades of high-strength steel are used: High Strength Steel, Extra High Strength Steel and Ultra High Strength Steel.

As with all other Volvo models, the S80 has transverse engines to give more room in the engine compartment for the safety systems to work efficiently. A transverse engine also reduces the risk of the powertrain intruding into the passenger compartment in a frontal collision. The larger eight-cylinder engines can be mounted transversely thanks to their extremely compact designs.

Twin chamber side airbag improves Side Impact Protection System (SIPS)

Side impact airbags with two separate chambers - one for the hips and one for the chest - ensure enhanced protection from the Volvo patented SIPS (Side Impact Protection System). As the hips can withstand greater forces than the chest, the lower chamber can be inflated to a pressure that is up to five times higher than in the upper chamber. The side impact airbags interact with the inflatable curtains and the body's cross-member structure to offer the most effective protection possible. Both the sills as well as the B-pillars have been reinforced to reduce the risk of intrusion into the passenger compartment. Among other things, an extra steel profile has been placed inside the sill member. Diagonally mounted cross-members made of Ultra High Strength Steel are fitted in the doors, further improving side protection.

Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS)

The Volvo system for avoiding neck injuries - WHIPS (Whiplash Protection System) - is one of the most effective in the car market. In a serious rear-end collision, the front seat back support and head restraint follow the movement of the body, suppressing the forces in roughly the same way as when catching a ball.

Pedestrian protection a priority

Protection for pedestrians and cyclists is also a priority for the S80. Engineers have ensured that the front has energy-absorbing features, including a well-proportioned, soft structure in front of the bumper to counteract the risk of leg injuries in the event of a collision. In addition, the lower edge of the front spoiler has been reinforced and moved forward, almost in line with the bumper. The aim is for the load on a leg to be distributed evenly over a greater area to reduce the risk of injury.

The bonnet has a raised shape and includes an inner honeycomb structure that distributes the loads evenly, reducing the total force of impact and reducing the risk of injury.

The Volvo S80 also features:

A collapsible steering wheel, which during deformation is moved horizontally for the best possible interaction with the airbag
Pedals with an intrusion limiting function
Airbags with a dual-stage function
Seatbelt pretensioners for all five seats
Seatbelt reminder for all five seats
Force limiters for the front seatbelts
Strong SIPS pipes in the seats and a rigid magnesium console in the centre of the car help to minimise injury in the event of a side-impact collision
Personal Car Communicator

Personal security is becoming increasingly important, and Volvo's innovative Personal Car Communicator (PCC) is a major advance in this area. First demonstrated on the Volvo Safety Concept Car in 2001, this is an advanced pocket-sized unit similar to - but far more sophisticated than - a conventional remote control.

The PCC can tell if the S80 has been left locked or unlocked or if the alarm has been activated. The PCC will be able to access this information when it is within 100 metres of the car, or stores the most recent information so that the driver can check to see if the car was locked when it was parked. The PCC also uses a sensitive heartbeat sensor to tell if there is anyone in your car.

SECURITY

The Volvo S80 is fitted as standard with a wide range of features designed to protect occupants from burglary, theft and assault. An electronic immobiliser makes it impossible to start the car without the right key, while the outer lock cylinder rotates, making it difficult to break into. If the thief does manage to get in, via a window, for example, the deadlock system makes it impossible to open a door from the inside. The introduction of optional laminated side windows also makes it harder for thieves to gain access.

The deadlock system is activated by the remote control key fob, which allows the driver to open the car as they approach. This system can also be used to access the tailgate independently of the doors, which is a useful deterrent to opportunist thieves.

The same remote control also switches on the alarm system, which is standard on every Volvo. The alarm is triggered if anyone attempts to open the doors, the bonnet or the tailgate. It also reacts to movement inside the car or if a window is broken.

An important contribution to personal security is provided by the Home Safe and Approach lighting system. By pressing a button on the remote controller when approaching the car, the driver is able to turn on the inside lights, the side marker lights and the lights in the rear-view mirrors. On leaving the car, a tweak of the headlight stalk activates the dipped beam headlamps for 30, 60 or 90 seconds (programmable by a Volvo dealer), lighting a path to the door. It's a simple system that offers considerable peace of mind.

Volvo On Call - advanced telematics

Volvo On Call is a valuable optional safety and security feature using advanced telematics. The system uses an integrated GSM telephone with a built-in GPS unit for satellite positioning, and ensures help is always close at hand. If an airbag or seat belt pre-tensioner is triggered in the event of an accident, Volvo On Call automatically calls the Emergency Services via BT999 and can also provide data of your location.

Alternatively, pressing the red 'SOS' button on the integrated GSM telephone will put you straight through to the Emergency Services.

Also, if the car breaks down or you need help, pressing the Volvo On Call button will put you straight through to a Volvo On Call operator who is only a call away at any time of day to offer personal services such as route guidance, or to guide roadside assistance to you.

An optional Volvo On Call security package offers the added benefits of a remote door unlock facility, theft notification and vehicle tracking.

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