- The Washington Times - Friday, February 21, 2003

AMSTERDAM Earlier this month Volvo presented its renewed S80 at the Amsterdam Auto Show. The S80 retains the same styling, but there are some recognizable changes. The front and rear are entirely new.

The new grille has a square mesh pattern in a dark silver metallic coating and is surrounded by chrome. The section that surrounds the grille has a different profile and flows gently into the fenders and the bumper spoiler with its new lower air intakes. Chrome is a typical design element of the new S80, which has chromed door handles and chromed trim underneath the side windows.

The mirrors have a different shape to reduce dirt accumulation on the side windows and to cut drag (which also means less noise).

Also the rear of the S80 has been "lifted" with a trunk lid made of a single piece. The tail lamps could become a bit smaller by using LED technology, which has the advantage, that the brake lights are activated quicker. Additionally, the rear bumper has a different shape.

Inside there are new door panels, the front doors have new handles and Volvo changed the color of the center console and controls for improved clarity. There is an option of panel inserts of aluminum or walnut wood.

The five-cylinder versions have the same instrument panel as the XC90, with a metal ring surrounding the dials. The six-cylinder models have a new instrument panel with watch-type dials. The three-spoke steering wheel is of the same type used in the S60 and V70.

The S80 now also gets the Four-C chassis management system as in the S60 R and the V70 R. It slightly differs from the system in the R-cars as those have 4WD and the S80 has front-wheel drive.

In the S80 the actively controlled chassis is primarily meant to increase comfort.

However, when the driver wants to have a sporty feel, he or she can push the Four-C button and the suspension will be put into a sport setting. Together with the introduction of the Four-C system in the S80, the Volvo flagship also gets a new engine, the 2.5 T five-cylinder with low-pressure turbocharger. The 2.5 T replaces the 2.4 T and has 10 horsepower more: 210 horsepower at 5000 rpm. The maximum torque is 236 foot-pounds at 1500 to 4500 rpm.

The new engine has continuously variable valve timing and meets the American ULEV emission requirements.


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