Volvo V70 and S80 Available With Five-Cylinder, 2.5L Turbocharged Flexifuel Engine
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Volvo V70 and S80 are now also available with a five-cylinder, 2.5Lturbocharged Flexifuel engine with a power output of 200 hp (147 kW) and 300 Nmof torque. Volvo Cars is launching Flexifuel cars on increasing numbers ofmarkets. In addition to Sweden, which is by far the largest market, thesemodels are sold in France, Norway, Italy, Finland, Germany, Austria, theNetherlands, Spain, Great Britain, Ireland, Belgium, Switzerland, and Thailand.Flexifuel cars are about to be introduced in more countries across Europe.
“The 2.5Lversion adds spice to our environmental offer. It emphasizes our aim to offerour buyers the possibility of combining performance with environmentalresponsibility,” said Fredrik Arp, president and CEO of Volvo Car Corporation. “With200 hp on tap, the driver gets a dynamic drive without compromising fueleconomy.”
Anothernew development is that the 2.5FT is available with both a manual and anautomatic gearbox. Fuel consumption (EU combined) for the new 2.5L Flexifuelversion is 9.2 l/100 km (V70 and S80) with the manual gearbox and 10.2 l/100 km(V70) and 10.1 l/100 km (S80) with the automatic gearbox.
The Flexifuel cars can run on E-85 bioethanol or 95-octane unleaded petrol — orany mix of these two fuels. Due to its lower energy content, fuel consumptionwhen running on E-85 is 30-40 percent higher than when running on petrol. Theexact difference depends on variables such as driving style, exteriortemperature, and variations in the fuel specification.
Both theVolvo S80 and V70 have also been available with a 2L four-cylinder, naturallyaspirated Flexifuel engine since the end of 2007. The 2.0F produces 145 hp (107kW) and 185 Nm of torque. The Flexifuel variants of the Volvo S40, V50, and C30have a four-cylinder 1.8L naturally aspirated engine, the 1.8F, which produces125 hp (92 kW) and 165 Nm of torque. All engines and other relevant componentshave been adapted for driving on E85 through a number of modifications.
In total, Volvo Cars expects to sell around 20,000 Flexifuel cars in 2008.
Also, thesmooth Powershift gearbox cuts fuel consumption by eight percent in the VolvoC30, S40, and V50. The two-liter turbodiesel version of the Volvo C30, S40, andV50 is now also available with a fully-automatic transmission. This newPowershift transmission is a six-speed unit and it significantly cuts fuelconsumption compared with a conventional automatic transmission.
ThePowershift transmission has been developed by Volvo Cars in cooperation withits transmission partner Getrag. Powershift operates in principle as twoparallel manual gearboxes. It has twin wet clutches that work independently ofone another. One clutch controls the odd gears (1, 3, 5, and reverse) while theother handles the even gears (2, 4, and 6). The two clutches operatealternately, with one engaging while the other disengages.
This means that at the same time as the engine gets full power and maximumthrust in first gear, second gear is placed in readiness to be engaged. Andwhen second gear has been engaged, third gear is readied, and so on. Thispromotes a continuous flood of power without any disruption in power deliveryor any torque loss, resulting in extremely fast and silky-smooth gearchangeswhile maintaining acceleration throughout the gearchanging process.