Volvo XC60 by Heico Sportiv

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 25, 2010

The tuning company for Volvo, Heico Sportiv, has offered more details and pictures of its latest performance uprates for the current XC60. Included in the cosmetic improvements are a slight body package from polyurethane-plastic (PUR) that is comprised of front bumper spoiler, side skirts, and rear skirt with an inbuilt exhaust system with four pipes.

The alloy wheels that come with the package have the following size options: 18, 19 and 20 inches. Heico offers a full leather treatment for the interior and the complete set consists of door panel inlays, covers for the front and rear seats, and gear shift knob and bag.

There are nine varieties of leather colors to choose from with more leather or other material options offered by request.

The XC60 comes with a newly developed ECU's diesel and gasoline units, the 2.4-liter inline 5-cylinder turbo diesels with 163hp and 185hp which can both produce 210hp with the 285hp T6 turbocharged gasoline unit brings in an additional 30hp raising the overall total power yield to 315hp.

The ride height of the car is lowered to about 30mm through a fresh set of sport springs that are installed together with the series shock-absorbers.

Press Release

Volvo XC60 Heico Sportiv

“Our inspiration and challenge focused on further accentuating the dynamic design of the crossover,” says HEICO SPORTIV general manager, Holger Hedtke, giving the first indications of what is to be expected of the new exterior, adding: “The design elements dissolve smoothly into one another - the Volvo XC60 should appear as an integrated whole and evoke emotions.”

To this end, numerous sketches were prepared and subjected to controversial internal discussion to define an initial underlying design direction... not an easy task, given the need to satisfy the “one shoe fits all” demands of internationally differing style preferences in concert with mounting precision, maximum material quality and statutory guidelines.

The result speaks for itself: the front spoiler of the Volvo XC60 is the first HEICO SPORTIV design element fulfilling the latest pedestrian protection guidelines. To fulfill this EG directive, the vehicle must undergo a crash test during the development process. “Compared to the conventional process, this involves considerably more effort, but it also represents a USP vis-à-vis cheaper suppliers,” explains project manager Alexander Lode. “With this, we are fulfilling the high standards that have been expected of us since the start of our cooperation with Volvo.”

Original design features such as the characteristic daytime running lamps have been retained and enhanced with striking details such as stylishly adumbrated ventilation slits. “We haven’t the slightest intention of changing the fundamental DNA of the Volvo XC60. By contrast, we regard our work as elegant style enhancement,” says Holger Hedtke about the HEICO SPORTIV philosophy.

This picks up again at the rear where four oval end pipes of the HEICO SPORTIV stainless steel exhaust system are integrated into the in-house developed rear apron. Alternatively, the dual pipe exhaust system in “left-right optic” can be employed in combination with the original rear apron.

Besides numerous other optical modifications to the interior, the focus for the Volvo XC60 lies on boosting performance. In doing so, one of HEICO SPORTIV’s core skills is tuning for the diesel models 2.4D and D5 (to 210 PS from the standard series values 163 PS and 185 PS respectively) and the turbo petrol engine T6 (315 PS instead of 285 PS).

For dynamic performance capability, the Volvo XC60 is lowered 30mm with sports springs. A sports suspension with firmer shock absorber calibration will be available in early 2009.

The light alloy wheel program VOLUTION® for the Volvo XC60 encompasses the variants VOLUTION® X. in 8x19 with 235/55R18 tires (in the colors Silver, Titan and Black Diamond Cut) and the dimension 245/45R20 on the VOLUTION® V. rim in 8.5x20 (in Silver and Titan). The highlight of the VOLUTION® lineup is the exclusive, light weight forged wheel VOLUTION® X. FORGED in 9x20 inches.

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