Volvo's New Twin-Turbo Diesel For The S80 D5

Tuesday January 13th, 2009 at 10:11 AM
Posted by: tonyb

2009 Volvo S80Lots and lots of diesel news these days … and this time, it’s Volvo’s turn.

In this case, the Scandy company best known for cars as safe as bank vaults, is rolling out a new twin-turbo oil burner for their S80 sedan. It’s a 2.4-liter, five-cylinder engine putting out 205-horsepower and around 310 lb-ft of torque. The engine allegedly gets around 38 mpg while meeting strict Euro 5 emissions standards. Sadly, there’s no plans for bringing it to the North American market (dumb) for reasons unknown. Why does Europe get all the cool diesel tech, huh?

Anyway, this same diesel powertrain will also be dropped into the upcoming S60 sedan and the evergreen V70 wagon. For those of you that are engine geeks, the specifics are like this:

As mentioned, the mill uses twin turbochargers, and features ceramic glow plugs and piezoelectric fuel injectors to cut down on fuel consumption. The engine, which is all aluminum alloy, is light weight and uses transverse cooling to keep a more uniform temperature in the cylinder head and engine block than a typical diesel. This improves reliability. The engine also features asymmetrically sized turbos, that together deliver 26 PSI pressure across the rev range.

Really, Volvo (and/or parent company Ford) should bring this one here.

Source: LeftLaneNews

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2008 Volvo S80 Video Review

Thursday December 20th, 2007 at 5:1212 PM
Posted by: Derek

Clean Scandanavian design, strong V8 motor by Yamaha, and lots of important safety devices are integrated into the 2008 Volvo S80. The king of the hill trim level, the S80 V8 AWD, makes big waves with its 311-hp, 4.4-liter V-8 engine. Sit back in comfort with luxurious leather seats and enjoy the Dynaudio sound system if you seek an alternative to the V-8 melody.

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2008 Volvo S80 Review – Subdued Elegance with a Great Voice

Friday December 7th, 2007 at 7:1212 PM
Posted by: gmchan_66

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by Gary Chan

2008 Volvo S80


When I think of Volvo design “exciting and passionate” do not come to mind. The last time I was excited about a Volvo was the mid-90’s 850 T5R model with the titanium-colored rims. Well, things have changed and the body on the S80 is downright sexy. Gone are the sharp edges and replacing them are curvaceous body lines. Plus, a 311 hp, 4.4L V8 engine that moves with the speed and determination of Gail Devers in the 100-meter dash is a nice boost for Volvo’s premiere sedan.


  • Great engine and exhaust sound
  • Solid braking and modulation
  • Excellent Dynaudio sound system. Clean and accurate
  • Interior materials fit and finish are exemplary
  • BLIS – Blind Spot Information System for safe lane changes


  • Non-intuitive cruise control interface
  • Rear seat release
  • Lack of Bluetooth and navigation

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