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Volvo S80 Classy and Clever | 1/3/2009, 5:22 p.m.

Volvo S80 Classy and Clever

Volvos, no matter where they are manufactured, are some of the most reliable vehicles on the road. The acclaimed Volvo S80 continues the tradition with an exciting new dimension in performance for 2008 with the introduction of the turbocharged T6 all-wheel-drive. Based on the S80's compact 3.2-liter 235-horsepower inline-6 cylinder engine, the T6 version has a displacement of 3.0 liters, producing 281 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque.
Volvo's first V8-powered sedan continues to put out 311 horsepower and 325 lb.-ft. of torque. Changes to the S80 V8 include more standard premium features with bright taillight trim, brushed aluminum lower door side moldings, Classic Wood inlay center console and soft leather seating surfaces. The world first Personal Car Communicator (PCC) is now standard on the S80 V8 and remains optional on other variants.

In nearly every area of occupant protection, the S80 expands Volvo's leadership in both preventative and protective safety. Innovations include a side airbag with dual chamber construction for enhanced hip and chest protection. Clever structural design employs four different grades of steel for predictable crash energy absorption. The S80 also features the next generation of WHIPS rear impact protection and new approaches to pedestrian safety.

The Blind Spot Information System is another high-tech option. Cameras near the outside mirrors detect vehicles that might be in a blind spot and relay the information to the driver.

On the inside, the S80's cabin is fitted with a super-slim center console, premium leather seating surfaces and real wood inlays. Also included is a high performance sound system with 6-disc CD changer, auxiliary input, MP3 capability, a 160-watt amplifier and eight speakers.

All models can be enhanced with the optional a 650-watt amplifier, surround sound and 12 speakers. Rear seat headphone jacks and audio controls are new this year. SiriusTM Satellite Radio is also included. Other options include the Volvo Navigation System with HDD, DVD map data and remote control and a dual screen rear seat entertainment system.

The manufacturer€s suggested retail price starts at $38,705. The 2008 Volvo S80 offers 16 miles per gallon (mpg) in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. Don€t give up on a good thing €" buy a Volvo.