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New Driveline in the Volvo S80: T6 Turbo With AWD

May 22, 2007

IRVINE, CA – The all-new Volvo S80 will soon be available with a new six-cylinder, 285 bhp T6 performance engine with all-wheel drive.

The T6 petrol engine is based on the compact 3.2L in-line aluminum engine that has been part of the S80 engine range since its 2006 introduction. The turbo version has a displacement of 3.0L, producing 285 bhp and no less than 295 lb/ft of torque. Maximum torque is on tap from just 1,500 rpm and remains available all the way up the rev range, resulting in quick acceleration and smooth drivability.

The smaller cylinder displacement of the turbo version, owing to the slightly narrower cylinder bore and shorter stroke, is compensated by the turbocharger that takes in exhaust gases in two stages, with the inflow divided into two lots of three cylinders each, a system known as twin-scroll technology. Twin-scroll technology permits use of a more compact and uncomplicated turbocharger and provides swift response, on a par with that from twin turbochargers.

The T6 model in the Volvo S80 is equipped with Volvo’s all-wheel drive. Using an electronically controlled hydraulic clutch, the AWD system distributes drive between the front and rear wheels to ensure the best possible road grip in all situations. The system features instant traction, which shifts drive at lightning speed from the front to the rear wheels when starting on a slippery or loose surface.

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