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Volvo S60 R (2004) -
Most Aggressive Volvo Ever

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Blistering seat of the pants driving,...razor sharp handling,...exhilarating acceleration,...in a Volvo? Yes! Volvo's new S60R brings high-tech, horsepower and safety into a complete performance sedan. Who else but Volvo could provide performance without compromising the legendary safety and comfort for which the Swedish manufacturer's cars are renowned?

First, there was Volvo's Performance Concept Car (PCC), which presented an exciting glimpse into the future of high-performance driving. And now, the future is here. The production version of the PCC, the Volvo S60R, is an intelligent, high-performance car featuring an adaptive active chassis, a 300-horsepower engine, Servotronic Steering, powerful Brembo brakes, and a Haldex electronically controlled all-wheel-drive.

Highlighting the versatility of the S60R's driving experience are three active chassis settings: Comfort, Sport and Advanced Sport. Being behind the wheel, "Performance On Demand" is literally at the drivers' fingertips,...the epitome of dynamic safety. This duel functionality is unlike any other sport sedan currently available. Comfort provides a luxurious ride without compromising the S60R's outstanding control over any road surface. Sport, the default suspension setting for the S60R, provides optimum performance during normal but sporty driving. Advanced Sport transforms the Volvo S60R into an uncompromising sports sedan, prioritizing maximum driving pleasure.

The Continuously Controlled Chassis Concept, aptly called Four-C, employs seven electronic sensors to collect data on the movement of the car, adjusting shock valve damping almost instantaneously, based on driving style and road conditions. The Continuously Controlled Chassis Concept of the Volvo S60R is one of the most advanced chassis on the market, measuring data input five hundred times per second - that's every other millisecond.

Volvo S60 R cutaway - click to enlargeThe Volvo S60 R and V70 R are packaged with the most powerful engine in the Volvo range. Volvo's newly developed five-cylinder 2.5 liter in-line turbocharged power plant produces 300 horsepower and 295 ft. lbs. of torque between 1.950 and 5,250 rpm. The R engine's power output per liter of cylinder displacement places it among market leaders for performance efficiency. The engine reaches maximum torque at 1,950 rpm, thanks to the larger cylinder bore and a new turbo from KKK, with a maximum charging pressure of about 1 bar. The high charging pressure significantly raises the temperature of the intake air, so the S60 R and V70 R are fitted with twin intercoolers.

The engine is equipped with Dual Wide Range CVVT continuously variable valve timing, on both the intake and exhaust camshafts. CVVT adjusts the valve opening times to suit the engine speed and load, lowering fuel consumption and reducing emissions, while increasing performance. The emission standards of the R engine satisfy American LEV requirements and conform to the European Euro 4 standard. To withstand the increased stresses, pistons and connecting rods have been heavily reinforced and cylinder head cooling has been improved. The oil sump has been re-designed to safeguard oil supply to the engine under extreme G-forces.

The new Volvo six-speed manual gearbox was specially designed to handle the high torque delivered by the engine. The short-throw shifter allows fast gear changes enhancing the connectivity between the car and driver. The optional 5 speed Geartronic automatic transmission offers the best of both worlds: the gearbox takes care of all gear changes automatically, or the driver can change gears manually, without a clutch. The automatic transmission is also adaptive. It monitors the drivers' driving style and adapts the gearchanging pattern accordingly. It also has a "Sport" mode selector in which the automatic transmission changes gears at a higher engine speed and downshifts faster.

Performance by Volvo also means the safety of handling and control that comes from the unique Volvo Four C (Continuously Control Chassis Concept). With this active chassis system, which compensates for road variances using a sophisticated network of sensors, Volvo's Haldex all-wheel-drive system, DSTC (Dynamic Stability and Traction Control), and "performance on demand" versatility, Volvo engineering is taking performance to the next level.

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