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Car reviews - Volvo - S80 - T6 SE sedan

The Car

Volvo logo5 Jul 2001

By MALCOLM LIVERMORE

The normally aspirated 2.9-litre in-line six produces 150kW at 6000rpm and 280Nm of torque at 4200rpm

The hotter T6 offers 200kW at 5400rpm and 380Nm of torque at 4200rpm. Volvo says the twin-turbo is as powerful as a 4.0-litre V8

The SE package adds soft leather, electric passenger seat, wood inlays, four-stack CD player and an integrated telephone The Inflatable Curtain protects the head and neck of occupants in side impacts

The seats are anti-whiplash, minimising the degree of injury in the event of a rear-end collision by moving with and supporting the body of their occupant

The in-line six-cylinder engine is mounted transversely to provide an impact absorbing zone for better crash protection

The network-based Multiplex wiring technology manages a host of the electrical functions

The S80 adheres to the Environmental Specification covering every phase of the car's life from production to operation to recycling

The rear headrests fold forwards via a dashboard-mounted button for better rear vision

Forward folding rear headrests forces rear seat occupants to put them up again since they make comfortable seating impossible The S80 contains 21.4kg of recycled plastic

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Volvo says the S80 is the biggest investment the Gothenburg-based car maker has undertaken

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