• Jun 15, 2005

AutoWeek has written about Volvo's development of an advanced inline six-cylinder engine, known internally as SI6, that's set to debut in the next S80 due out June of 2006. The straight shooter will come in three variants: a naturally-aspirated base 3.2L and two turbocharged 3.0L versions, the most potent of which could develop as much as 350 hp. Autoweek speculates that this may be the engine that was planned for the now defunct über Focus RS (see earlier post), while all the engines could see duty in both Ford and Jaguar products sometime in the future.



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      • 9 Years Ago
      I6~=V8 i guess...? but this is a great development, Ford taking advantage of Volvo and all.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Looking at it closely, there seems to be a "skin" over the majority of the car (sans hood/roof). That has to be one of the more elaborate disguises I've seen.
      • 9 Years Ago
      GM should take a lesson, Ford is bringing high quality product from Volvo and Mazda to the Ford line while GM is bringing crappy chevies to Saab and Hummer....
      • 9 Years Ago
      I worry that Ford is stagnating: we are seeing the old S80 platform being readapted as the Five Hundred and Freestyle; the S60 being the basis of the CD345 Mondeo; so what is Ford bringing to the table? Or is it conceding that the Europeans just have better engineered platforms? If that is the case, then it is a change of heart at Dearborn, but somehow I don't think Dearborn changes quite that quickly. They're still scared of Johnny Foreigner.
      • 9 Years Ago
      #2,3,4 "Looks like a..." To me, it almost looks like a disguised prototype/test mule, almost as if the manufacturer were using some type of camo to hide the true appearance. Sounds far fetched, but I bet it would be a good way to keep the final developments closely held.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Looks like Volvo does a better job with the disguise cladding than the other automakers.
      • 9 Years Ago
      That Volvo sure looks strange. As far as engine goes could be a good one.
      • 9 Years Ago
      That Volvo sure looks strange. As far as engine goes could be a good one.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The inline fives I understand as a means of straddling 4 and 6 cylinder engines. But I must say that I am surprised to see anyone develop a new inline six. I would think that packaging constraints and platform sharing would eliminate any interest. Wonder why Volvo decided to go this route. Sure they are inherently smoother, but modern V-6s are no slouches.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Looks like a BMW...no wait, it looks like a Pontiac. Actually, it looks like both, since new BMWs all look like Pontiac designed them!