On the outside the Volvo S80 gives a long, wide and broad impression. The grille’s larger iron mark and the new brightwork (on the air intakes, the doors’ lower parts and below the tail lamps) enhance the car’s distinctive impression and give the front added presence. The headlamps, which are positioned lower than on the earliest Volvo S80 models, follow the curvature of the front and are extended along the side and up towards the bonnet, creating a gentle smile at the front.
The doors are convex and pronounced in shape. They include the rearmost side window. The sills have a distinct profile, creating a visually low centre of gravity and imparting a steady and stable appearance. In order to give the Volvo S80 the right aura of elegance and create an image of being in constant motion, the car has sweeping lines with a comet-shaped profile, an almost imperceptible transition between the rear window and the boot and a cut-off tail section.
New exterior features in Volvo S80 Model Year 2012 are the redesigned headlamps and LED turn indicators integrated into the door mirrors
S80 Executive – enhancing the experience
The S80 Executive model represents a very competitive alternative for customers who value refined Scandinavian elegance in combination with contemporary engineering.
The Executive badge gives a discreet hint that this is an S80 beyond the norm. Inside, the upgraded Volvo S80 Executive is the first Volvo model with an instrument panel top in leather, available in espresso brown or off black. Among the interior details that give the S80 Executive a more exclusive character are ventilated soft leather seats with massage function, leather door panels, an integrated analogue clock on the instrument panel and the aluminium centre consol storage.
Choice of chassis
The Volvo S80 has a new sports chassis that is a more dynamic alternative to the comfort-enhancing standard chassis, which offers limousine ride comfort. Customers thus have the opportunity to tailor their cars to suit their wishes – for inspired and enthusiastic driving or relaxed long-distance comfort.
The Volvo S80 has been lowered 20 millimetres at the front and 15 millimetres at the rear. This not only results in a more stable chassis, it also carves out a more powerful and compact visual profile for the car.
The springs are shorter and firmer. The shock absorbers have greater damping ability, on both compression and extension strokes. All the mountings on the sub-frame have harder bushings. The anti-roll bars have also been made firmer to give increased side stability in curves. This results in crisp steering feel and good control, particularly in more active driving. This is further aided by the steering gear that has been tailored to provide quicker response and increased feel, giving more direct contact with the tyres and road surface.
Upgraded D5 with 215 hp
The upgraded versions of the Volvo S80 features sharpened versions of the five-cylinder D5 and D3 turbodiesels.
In the D5 engine Volvo Cars’ engine experts have boosting performance and torque from 205 hp/420 Nm to 215 hp and 440 Nm while at the same time reducing fuel consumption by eight percent. The quest for better driveability combined with lower fuel consumption and less environmental impact has led to increased focus on internal friction inside the engine.
D3 with better driveability
The D3 remains at 163 hp and 400 Nm. However, the two-litre diesel engine’s driveability is now far improved thanks to fine-tuning of the turbocharger. This is an excellent example of the fact that efficiency enhancement in modern combustion engines is now taking place at microscopic levels.
The improved driving properties of the turbodiesels are accompanied by lower fuel consumption figures for both engines.
Fuel consumption (EU Combined) of a Volvo S80 D5 is now just 4.9 l/100 km (129 g/km) with the manual gearbox and 6,1 l/100 km (159 g/km) with the automatic. The corresponding figures for the D3 engine with manual gearbox are 4.9 l/100 km (129 g/km).
T6 with 304 hp
The six-cylinder, turbocharged T6 has a displacement of 3.0 litres sharper performance, thanks mainly to a reduction in internal friction. It offers 304 hp and no less than 440 Nm of torque. Maximum torque is achieved between 2100 and 4200 revs. This results in rapid acceleration and smooth driving properties. All-Wheel Drive is fitted as standard.
3.2-litre naturally aspirated engine
The six-cylinder 3.2-litre naturally aspirated engine was also upgraded in 2010, featuring an improved crankshaft and less internal friction. It offers 243 hp and maximum torque is 320 Nm. In order to meet US legislative requirements, there is also a PZEV (Partial Zero Emission Vehicle) variant that produces 233 hp and 300 Nm.
The Volvo S80 can also be specified with the new four-cylinder T5 engine with GTDi (Gasoline Turbocharged Direct Injection). It has a displacement of two litres and power output is 240 hp. Torque is 320 Nm.
In addition, the S80 is available in a T4 version with a manual gearbox, start/stop system and a 1.6-litre GTDi engine producing 180 horsepower and maximum torque of 240 Nm.