Although I haven't been a particular fan of the new S40's conservative appearance, even I can admit that these high-res images make the sports sedan look pretty damn hot. The swooping hollowed-out center console is itself a design marvel. The general feel is that of an S60 hit with a shrink ray like in "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids!" but with better repercussions, for instance less front overhang and a tighter silhouette. The S40 keeps with the five cylinder arrangement in the engine department, with a naturally aspirated 2.4 liter making 168-hp and a 2.5 liter turbo generating 218-hp and controlled with a six-speed manual. Both cars can be dressed up with features like the obligatory sport package, bi-xenon headlamps and heated front seats. This kind of equipment can prove pricey, though, pushing the base price of $22,900 to over $30,000 and possibly yielding the new Rick Moranis blockbuster "Honey, I Shrunk Our Life Savings!"
Glamor shots of Volvo S40
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