Volvo's reputation for building boxy tanks belongs in the history books. The handsome S80, with its high sculptured waistline, was one of the finest vehicles ever to come out of the Gothenburg, Sweden, factory and its performance variant, the T6, looked more dynamic than any Volvo previous. Launched in 1998, the car was strong and safe in Volvo tradition, and handled well, thanks to MacPherson front struts and a multi-link rear. Its cornering and ride-quality was superb, enough to prove competition to BMW and Mercedes. Unusually, the straight-six 171ci (2.8-liter) engine was mounted transversely, the first car to use such a layout in over a decade. It used twin turbos for the incredible power output, with 280lb ft (379Nm) torque at 2,000-5,000rpm. This power was helped down by traction control and a limited-slip differential with viscous coupling. Top speed was electronically limited.
Volvo S80 T6 Specifications
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