Lots 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.