American-built Swedish sports activities saloon has the fashion, however is extra a rival for the Mercedes-AMG C43 or the hardcore BMW M3? Volvo wants this automobile to be good. Greater than good, in truth, as a result of it doesn’t matter what number of SUVs you may flog, for those who select to function on the premium finish of the mass market with no fighting-fit mid-size saloon, you’re headlining with no entrance man. Autocar readers – individuals who care about driving – are additionally unlikely to lend your model a lot affection for those who can’t efficiently engineer such a timeless components as a sports activities saloon, however that’s one thing we’ll come onto in a second.So, the brand new S60. Regardless of the very fact Volvo bought solely 1276 examples of the outgoing mannequin final 12 months (extra McLaren 720Ss left the showroom in 2017), it’s essentially the most keenly anticipated automobile of its form in latest reminiscence. You would possibly disagree with that, however there are a number of excellent the reason why most received’t. Not least of which is that this – the primary American-built Volvo – appears for all of the world to lastly present us with an honest excuse to ship cash someplace aside from Stuttgart, Munich or Ingolstadt. Or, certainly, the Midlands.On this class it’s recent and thrilling – and, let’s face it, immediately fascinating to behold – however the third-generation S60 nonetheless feels acquainted. Volvo builds this automobile on the identical Scalable Product Structure that already underpins the S90, that mannequin’s V90 property sibling, the XC60 and XC90 SUVs and in addition the V60 to which this new saloon is so carefully associated (and which we like very a lot).As such it’s no shock to seek out suspension consisting of double wishbones on the entrance and an integral hyperlink setup with a transverse, composite leaf spring on the rear. There are coil springs and adaptive dampers at every nook, and that’s your lot, as a result of air suspension has but to be democratised at this degree. One thing else is lacking, although, and that’s diesel energy. In keeping with plans to affect each new automobile it launches from 2019, the model’s Scandi-pure aura is more and more constructed on its ecological conscientiousness. It means the S60 is the primary fashionable Volvo supplied completely with petrol engines. None displaces greater than two litres by way of something aside from 4 cylinders, both, and if that sounds a bit dry, maybe that’s as a result of it’s.So what are your choices? For the T4 and T5 fashions most certainly to succeed in the UK, energy will come from turbocharging alone, with at least about 190bhp on provide. Almost certainly we’ll additionally get ‘Twin Engine’ T6 and T8 fashions, which could have that first degree of compelled induction respectively supplemented by an Eaton-built supercharger and that very same supercharger plus an electrical motor. Is it any marvel Volvo’s modular engine-building technique is such an financial success when it could possibly mix these three parts because it sees match?The range-topping T8 sounds significantly tasty. It makes 385bhp and hits 62mph in beneath 5 seconds, although there’s a solution to go even quicker in T8 S60 for those who’ve ready to spend a bit extra, and we’ll come onto that shortly. Both means, it’s a automobile nipping on the heels of BMW’s M3 and remainder of the super-saloon cohort in the case of on-paper efficiency.
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