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Volvo S80 2005: Volvo's Flagship Luxury Sedan, Versatile Volvo Auto Parts, Performance Parts, and Replacement Partsfrom: Jenny McLane
The S80 offers luxury, interior comfort and a stylish body. The suspension is highly sophisticated. It offers a smooth ride and feels extremely stable on the highway. Moreover, Volvo's safety engineering leads the auto industry. The S80 contains standard amenities such as a rear DVD entertainment system, heated front seats, an interior air quality system, available metallic exterior paint, infrared reflective windshield, and rain-sensing wipers. Exclusively available on the T6 Premier is the optional integrated rear refrigerator, which includes a shelf compartment and four glasses. Standard features available are fog lights, Four-C Chassis, and bi-Xenon headlights. A new Sport Package is available for the 2.5T and 2.5T AWD, which includes sport seats, a five-speed automatic transmission, and 17-inch alloy wheels.
Safety is what Volvo is known for, and the S80 reaches new levels. With side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags, anti-whiplash seats, as well as a sophisticated steel structure that's computer designed around crash-resistance, the S80 achieves the coveted 5-star crash-test rating in front and side collisions, as well as a 5-star rollover-resistance rating.
Contemporary Volvos are sleek, and the S80 led that Swedish revolution applied to the rest of the Volvo line, even to the best-selling XC90 sport-utility vehicle. The S80 has soft lines with a gently sloping hood, steeply raked windscreen, slightly bowed roofline and coupe-like rear window.
Flared wheel wells gently wrap the striking alloy wheels. Its 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine is a good workhorse and it is very quick. Fitted with an intercooled turbocharger, the 2.5T makes 208 horsepower but feels like more, with 236 pound-feet of torque available at a low 1500 rpm. The speed-sensitive rack-and-pinion steering gives the S80 a light touch and a steadiness in the curves. In addition to all-wheel drive, the 2.5T AWD comes with Volvo's Dynamic Stability and Traction Control, one of the most sophisticated electronic stability control systems around.
The front-wheel-drive T6 comes with Volvo's new Four-C system (Continuous Controlled Chassis Concept), which monitors speed, acceleration and other dynamic forces and then adjusts the electronically damped hydraulic shock absorbers to provide either optimal comfort or sport control, depending on the position the driver selects on a switch mounted on the center console. The system can adjust the shocks up to 50 times in a single second. With the S80 Radiator, Volvo made sure it is environment friendly with a special coating that converts up to 75 percent of the ozone it encounters into oxygen.
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About the Author
Jenny McLane is a 36 year old native of Iowa and has a knack for research on cars and anything and everything about it. She works full time as a Market Analyst for one of the leading car parts suppliers in the country today.
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