The new second generation Volvo S80 is now available in the Malaysian market. The new S80 is based on the Ford/Volvo EUCD platform, while the first generation was based on the Volvo P2 platform. Two models are available in Malaysia, the locally assembled S80 2.5T which is powered by an inline-5 turbocharged 2.5 litre engine producing 200 horsepower at at an amazingly almost diesel-like low 4,800rpm. 300Nm of torque peaks at a low 1,500rpm up to 4,500rpm. It will cost you RM268,500.

The top of the range model is the Volvo S80 3.2, fully imported from Sweden. This model goes for RM398,000. This model is powered by a 3.2 litre inline-6 engine that makes 238 horsepower at 6,200rpm and 320Nm of torque at 3,200rpm.

In terms of power, many will be tempted to just go for the 2.5T as even though it makes less peak horsepower and torque, the power delivery is across a broader rev range, likely making the S80 driving experience a more relaxed one that will be expected by a buyer of this car. There are also road tax savings to be gained from the smaller engine.

However, the S80 3.2 is not just a car with a larger engine. It has a few cool features over the 2.5T variant. It has Adaptive Cruise Control, which uses radar technology to monitor traffic ahead. This means the car slows down automatically to maintain a distance to the car in front. This distance is measured using time intervals – from one to three seconds at current speeds. There is also Collision Warning (CW) which estimates the time necessary to avoid collision, taking reaction time into consideration. An audible and visible warning is then used to alert the driver. Another feature is Brake Support (BS) which works hand in hand with Collision Warning. It pre-applies brakes if a collision is imminent, helping reduce driver reaction time.

Another cool feature found in the S80 3.2 is the Blind Spot Illumination System. BLIS uses rear-facing digital cameras installed in the door mirrors to monitor the traffic on either side of the car. As an object enters your blind spot, the system alerts you with a lamp built in to the A-pillar on the approaching side of the car. Together with the door mirrors, this helps enable you to quickly assess the feasibility of a lane change maneuver. The system is activated once the car exceeds 10 km/h.

Despite differences in trim levels, both the 2.5T and the 3.2 are more than sufficiently equipped with safety features to keep it’s occupants safe – something expected as safety is not something you’d want to see made optional with a Volvo. Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC) is your run of mill traction control system that helps you regain control of you car in emergency situations. The Active Bi-Xenon headlamps feature turn the headlamps 15 degrees in either direction when you are turning into a corner to help with your vision. All S80 models offer a full range of airbag protection – dual-stage driver and front passenger airbags, side-impact airbags for driver and passenger as well as inflatable curtain airbags for the sides of the car.

Both models come with the Volvo Personal Car Communicator, an advanced version of the plain old keyless entry fob that we’ve started seeing with some cars. The Volvo PCC offers keyless entry and ignition, but that is not what’s impressive about it. Within a radius of 60 to 100 meters, the PCC can provide a current report that shows if the car is still locked, if the alarm has been triggered and if somebody is inside your car, thanks to a heartbeat sensor in the car’s interior. The PCC also controls central locking, the alarm system, security lighting and can be used to activate the panic alarm.

The two models also have different interiors, with the 3.2 litre model having perforated leather instead of the 2.5T’s soft leather and various other differences. Both cars come with a Sandstone Beige interior, but the 3.2 litre model has the option of an Anthracite black interior. The S80 3.2 also has a higher grade 12-speaker Dynaudio in-car entertainment system with Dolby® Surround Pro Logic® II surround sound, though both cars have 6-CD in-dash changers with MP3/WMA support as well as aux input.

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