Before we bid goodbye to 2007, Volvo's flagship sedan, the S80 has been completely revamped from ground up. As large as the Mercedes-Benz E-Class or the BMW 5-series, this front wheel drive executive saloon is available from Volvo Car Malaysia (VCM) in 2.5T and 3.2 powered variants.
The 'basic' S80 is the 2.5L turbocharged 5-cylinder with 200bhp @ 4800rpm and 300Nm @ 1500-4500rpm, mated to a 6-speed Geartronic auto 'box. Claimed performance figures are 8.0secs from 0-100km/h and top-end is 210km/h.
Higher up is the all-aluminium 3.2L inline-6 (as pictured above) capable of 238bhp @ 6200rpm and 320Nm @ 3200rpm. The extra horses enable this locally top-of-the-line S80 to achieve a higher Vmax of 240km/h, while the century dash is a hair-breadth's quicker at 7.9secs.
No V8 models are available for the local market, for obvious reasons of pricing and larger capacity engines attracting punitive annual road tax.