Volvo has added a new variant to it’s line-up of the Volvo S80 – the Volvo S80 T6 Turbo AWD. The T6 Turbo engine variant is slotted in between the normally aspirated 3.2 litre inline-6 aluminium engine and the 4.4 litre normally aspirated Yamaha V8 engine.
With a displacement of 3.0 litres, it makes 285 horsepower and 400Nm of torque from as low as 1,500rpm, remaining constant throughout the rev range. This is thanks to a twin-scroll turbo, fed by two streams of exhaust gas from two banks of 3-cylinders each. It is less complicated than a twin turbo setup but offers similar benefits.
All Wheel Drive comes standard with this new S80 variant, using an electronically controlled hydraulic clutch to distribute drive between the front and rear wheels. The AWD system features something Volvo calls Instant Traction, which shifts power at lightning speed from the front to the rear wheels when starting on a slippery or loose surface.