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click above image to view high-res pics of the 2008 Volvo S80 T6 Turbo AWD

Volvo has given the S80 line a little more power and traction with the introduction of the T6 Turbo AWD edition. The T6 utilizes a twin-scroll turbo unit to provide the extra power, and the velvety-smooth 3.2L inline six has been down-sized to 3.0L due to a narrower cylinder bore and shorter stroke. Don't let the reduction in displacement fool you, though. The turbocharged S80 will unleash 285 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque at a very low 1500rpm, which Volvo says will result in smooth, linear power delivery. That's 50 horsepower more than the normally asipirated 3.2L inline-six and only 26 ponies short of the top-end V8 model.

All that power going to the front wheels means that the T6 needs all-wheel drive, which was previously only available with the high-end V8. Thus, you have the T6 Turbo AWD. Pricing and availability of the T6 Turbo AWD have not yet been announced, but we're betting that it will be a few thousand dollars south of the V8 model's $47,350 price tag, and availability should be soon.

Volvo's press release is available after the jump.

[Source: Volvo]


New driveline in the Volvo S80: T6 turbo with AWD

The acclaimed all-new Volvo S80 will soon be available with a new six-cylinder, 285 bhp T6 performance engine with All Wheel Drive

"The T6 engine adds an extra dimension to the S80 engine range," says Hans Wikman, Vice President Vehicle Line Large Cars at Volvo Cars. "The engine has been programmed to provide the highest possible performance with the lowest possible fuel consumption and exhaust emissions."

The T6 petrol engine is based on the compact 3.2-liter in-line aluminum engine that has been part of the S80 engine range since its 2006 introduction. The turbo version has a displacement of 3.0 liters, 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 remarkably quick acceleration and smooth drivability.

The somewhat smaller cylinder displacement of the turbo version, owing to the slightly narrower cylinder bore and shorter stroke, is compensated by the turbocharger which in this engine 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 extremely swift response, fully on a par with that from twin turbochargers.

All Wheel Drive with Instant Traction

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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      • 8 Years Ago
      I wasnt expecting this. Nice engine. Also nice decision Volvo.

      Ford should stick this engine in the NEW Range Rover LR2 and call it the LR2 sport. Or they could use a supercharged version of the i6, if they want to keep the whole supercharged theme.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #19, NeoteriX said "...the Haldex system is FWD until the *front* wheels slip,"

      That's a common misconception shared even by some automotive writers. It's an accurate description of a simple viscous coupling, but not an electronically controlled AWD system such as Haldex.

      Haldex uses parameters such as throttle position, engine speed and engine torque to distribute torque between the front and rear wheels, independent of wheel slip. The torque distribution is matched to how the vehicle is being driven and the driving conditions, whether or not there is wheel slip.

      The Volvo implementation normally directs only 5% torque to the rear wheels, for example when you're just crusing at a steady speed on dry pavement. If you then press the throttle hard, Haldex will transfer more torque to the rear wheels in response to that action. It doesn't wait until the front wheels slip. Indeed, the purpose of precharging is to minimize the chance of wheel slip occuring before torque transfer to the rear wheels.

      The above is a description of what Haldex calls normal "torque control mode". In addition, if wheel spin does occur such as when driving in snow or other slippery conditions, the Haldex system will act automatically to eliminate it. This is Haldex's "slip control mode."
      • 8 Years Ago
      don't forget Volvo uses the precharged system to decrease time before power is sent to the rear wheels
      still no match for subaru
      • 8 Years Ago
      It'll be interesting to see a comparison between this and the upcoming BMW 535xi, which uses their 3.0 liter twin turbo inline 6. While it has a 15HP advantage, it will cost at least $12K more.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Didn't Volvo already have a turbo 5 cylinder that made 300hp?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hold on a second here.....the BMW 3.0 TWIN Turbo with Direct Injection puts out a measly 15 more HP (300) and 5lbs of torque (300).
      • 8 Years Ago

      Volvos used to be odd but special. This one is like a sleeping pill for geriatrics. A 25,000 Altima will outrun it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I bought an S80 T6 this weekend. Who gives a crap about absolute numbers unless you ar going to race the car. The Volvo I6 turbo has enough power/torque to make you smile every time you punch the trottle.

      It is worth the money for the safety features and adaptive cruise control alone, the power is an extra bonus.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Doesn't that engine still have the donut VTEC, just like subaru's boxing6, porsche's variocam+ and how much peak boost does it use.

      plus the N54 can make more power that the quoted figure, at least when connected to the manual.
      • 8 Years Ago
      If you are going to pan the LR2, do it for the fact it doesn't have four wheel drive (where is center differential, somebody get Waldo to find it?) It has Haldex (hopefully the pre-charged version)

      This is not a Ford engine. I wouldn't be suprised if the Yamaha engine was dropped for '09. If anything, the V8 is more Ford than this (go look up the Taurus SHO)

      Have a race with this new model and the V8 up to the top of Pike's Peak. You can even let the V8 start first. The V8 is going to be struggling at over 10,000 feet, and that isn't even the parking lot of ~14,000 feet.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The other problem was the I5 was going to be difficult and very expensive to meet future LEV and ULEZ standards and requirements. It's also not related to any other FOMOCO/PAG engine. The new I6 is part of a new modular family. It's also designed to easily modify it's displacement, like going from 3.2L to 3.0L in this application. Also has a much flatter and lower torque curve. It's expected that it'll jump to 3.5L and 3.7L for future Jag and LR applications.
      • 8 Years Ago

      You don't need to bet. It's already well known that Volvo pretty much exclusively uses the Haldex AWD system. To slightly correct your post, the Haldex system is FWD until the *front* wheels slip, at which point the system locks up a wet clutch pack and send torque to the rear wheels.
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