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Volvo adds another turbo to S80 line-up

by CAR magazine on 08/08/2001

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Volvo SA has added a new turbo-charged five-cylinder variant to its S80 range. The luxurious 2,4T will be positioned between the top of range S60 T5 auto and the flagship S80 T6.

Volvo SA has added a new turbo-charged five-cylinder variant to its S80 range. The 2,4T replaces the normally aspirated 2,9-litre six-cylinder unit and will be positioned between the top of range S60 T5 auto and the flagship S80 T6.

The manufacturer believes that the 2,4T would be especially well suited to long distance travelling on the Reef.

“The five-cylinder light pressure turbo will compensate for the 18 per cent loss in power when travelling at high altitude,” a Volvo spokesman said.

The light-pressure version, the B5244T3, is a 2,4-litre engine (2,435 cm3) and develops 147 kW at 6 000 r/min and 285 N.m of torque between 1 800 and 5 000 r/min. The engine’s double overhead camshafts feature CVVT – continuously variable valve timing – in order to optimise combustion and improve emission levels.

On the Volvo S80 2,4T, it operates on the exhaust cam in order to cut emission levels still further, especially during cold starts.

As on other S80 models, the 2,4T features WHIPS – whiplash protection system – which provides greater protection from whiplash injuries in a rear-end collision at low speed, head restraints and three-point seatbelts with pre-tensioners on all five seats. The front belts are also equipped with automatic height adjustment and integrated force limiters. Further standard safety features include: dual stage driver’s airbag, STC (stability and traction control), DTSC (dynamic stability and traction control) and electronic brake force distribution.

Furthermore, the 2,4T is equipped with a number of systems “to meet the growing challenge of protecting the car and its owner from theft and personal threats,” the spokesman said.

Such features include: an approach light, which enables the car owner to approach his/her car safely and securely in the dark, home safe lighting, which lights up the area in front of the car for about 90 seconds after the car has been locked, laminated side windows, which make break-ins or smash-and-grab situations more difficult and a central locking system that continuously changes control codes to prevent people recording or copying the control signal.

An option of a GSM phone is also offered on the 2,4T. It is activated by control buttons on the steering wheel and on the centre console. The microphone is built into the interior rear-view mirror.

The 2,4T costs R299 990 inclusive of a five-year or 100 000km Volvo Maintenance Plan.