Volvo S80 Gets Facelift for 2010Posted on April 11th, 2009
Flagship sedan sports new styling, ride and handling enhancements
Volvo refreshes the S80 luxury sedan for the 2010 model year, with revised styling and a new sport chassis for crisper handling. The automaker unveiled the 2010 model at the New York International Auto Show, which opened to the public yesterday.
Up front, the S80 gets a new grille and bright trim around the lower air intakes. Similar treatments on the side skirts and beneath the taillamps give the exterior more sex appeal.
Inside, designers updated the car’s floating center stack with a silk metal finish. A new steering wheel has decorative trim matching the gearshift and starter button, with matte metal spokes. New leather upholstery and door panel inserts complete the redesign.
The new sport chassis has shorter, firmer springs, enhanced shock damping, firmer anti-roll bars and stiffer subframe bushings. The standard chassis has a softer ride than before, with softer springs and less damping.
The sedan’s powertrain remains unchanged, with a choice of an inline six-cylinder engine rated at 235 horsepower, or 311 horsepower V8. Both versions share the same six-speed automatic transmission with manual gear selection.
Volvo will announce pricing closer to rollout during the second half of the year.
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