Check-out this really good video of the 2013 Volvo S60 AWD (their most watched video of the week):
Below are a few more thoughts from Mark Febbo at Motor Trend:
“Even driven at mere canyon-carving speeds, everything works perfectly. The shifter action is short and very mechanical. It snicks from gear to gear so precisely, it makes you forget a dual-clutch would be more efficient. The brake pedal is firm and transmits exactly what the big six-piston calipers are doing.”
“Even the sound is amazing.”
“It seems there might be a grander agenda behind this car, but Polestar is playing its cards close to its vest.”
“A car like this, slightly decontented, could be built for under $75,000. The performance of this particular car would leave an M3 gasping for air and likely give it a lesson in handling as well.”
“…a version of this car would put the carmaker back on driving enthusiasts’ radar.“
Go buy the issue. As they say, “On newsstands now.”
The other day, a black S60 with black windows and black rims (Volvo rims – $575 MSRP - and we should have called them Swedish Winter Solstice since they are so black) drove by us, and wow, did it look good. I wonder if I could sneak a set on my Vibrant Copper S60….in my next life I guess. One of the best aspects of our S60 T5 engine is with the dual exhaust system we are finally making a noise, it’s something worth talking about.
All these years, the Swedish exhaust systems were designed to keep our cars quiet. Peter Horbury even went so far as to bury exhaust pipes. Look at an older model S80 – it is buried under the bumper. I think the first model to have a nice bubble to it was the XC90 with V8, and then that engine went into the S80 with an equally good earthy sound. BTW, IMHO that was our flagship engine; what a beauty. The V8 produced not a raspy sound, but more like a sweet old wood Chris Craft with a big V8 stuffed down inside and twin exhausts. Many years ago, I attended an offshore power boat race, and a couple of boats had Allison (P51 Mustang) engines. I swear the exhaust pipes were big enough to stuff a soccer ball into and it was just wonderful to hear them fire up.
So what is S60 to Volvo? It is a game changer. It clearly shows that we can think outside the box and are not afraid to take big steps forward in Scandinavian design and luxury. Up until this car, the corporate mentality was we offer luxury cars and when that did not work, we offered premium cars with Scandinavian styling. Today, as shown with S60, we are much more in step with the competition, while still keeping what is Volvo. Not a “me too” car, but a car that’s a feast for your eyes that’s designed around you.