2012 Volvo S80 Introduction

The Volvo S80 is a fast, smooth and luxurious. It accelerates with authority and tracks straight as an arrow at high speeds. The S80 is at its best hurtling down the highway where it's a stable, comfortable platform. It's fast and handles winding roads well for a large luxury car. Inside is a sumptuous cabin with comfortable seats, sophisticated audio, and an available navigation system.

The S80 is comparable in size to the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Cadillac CTS, and Lexus GS and is a good alternative.

The 2012 Volvo S80 offers a choice between two six-cylinder engines. Both were fortified for 2011, and their new specifications carry over for 2012.

The Volvo S80 3.2 comes with a 3.2-liter six-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive. Volvo says it can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in a respectable 7.4 seconds while the federal government says it gets 18/27 mpg City/Highway.

The Volvo S80 T6 AWD comes with a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 and all-wheel drive; with 300 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque it can reach 60 mph from a standstill in a very quick 6.3 seconds. The S80 T6 is EPA-rated at 16/24 mpg. Order the T6 Dynamic Package and you get a sport chassis with shorter and firmer springs, modified shock damping, firmer anti-roll bars and stiffer subframe bushings.

Optional adaptive cruise control allows the driver to maintain set following distances with the cars ahead: the system will accelerate or slow the car as needed. The S80 is loaded with safety equipment, from its protective structure to its state-of-the-art active and passive safety features.

For 2012, S80 introduces Sensus, a menu-driven system to control audio, navigation, and other functions. The Volvo difference is that all Sensus functions can be operated via buttons built into the steering wheel or located below the seven-inch color screen. Volvo's intent is to minimize distraction from the road while still allowing drivers to explore the high-tech features of the car and personalize them to suit their needs.

Also new, 2012 Volvo S80 models offer City Safety, a system that uses a laser beam to monitor closing speed with cars ahead and, if the driver fails to respond, automatically brakes to lessen the severity of a collision.

Other changes for 2012 include a redesigned dashboard and center console, new Classic Walnut Wood inlays, LED turn signals in the outside mirrors, new alloy wheel designs, a new trim-level lineup, and changes to some options and packages.

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