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Press Pass 2004

S80: Volvo's Flagship Sedan Quite Capable of Handling European Competition
By Volvo Media
Jul 29, 2003, 12:04 PST
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Model Overview: 2003 Volvo S80

    The elegant and sophisticated S80, since being introduced in 1998, has claimed a respectable share of the market for luxury sedans. The S80's success is grounded in its unique ability to deliver a premium driving experience with solutions that reflect concern for issues beyond simple personal pleasure. The S80 distinguishes itself by delivering style with Volvo's tradition of superior safety design, sophistication with practicality and luxury with environmental responsibility.

    For 2003 the Volvo S80 sees a number of subtle enhancements and option-package changes. Volvo On Call Plus, Volvo's first telematics system, is standard on the T6 and T6 Elite and optional on the 2.9. The new Climate Package now includes Rainsensor wipers, which automatically adjust wiper speed depending on the amount of moisture detected on the windshield. Replacing last year's 75th Anniversary Edition S80 is the S80 T6 Elite, the ultimate expression of Volvo comfort and technology.

    Embracing and advancing Volvo's honored commitment to occupant safety, Volvo's flagship S80 flawlessly integrates leading-edge safety design with advanced executions of performance technology, personal comfort and thoughtful security concepts. Out of this synthesis of care for personal well-being and technological leadership, Volvo's S80 defines the standard for intelligent luxury sedans with a remarkable blend of confidence and driving pleasure.

 

    Advanced engine designs promoting superior durability, ease of service, fuel efficiency and responsive performance distinguish both the naturally aspirated and twin-turbo power plants. Powered by a choice of in-line 6-cylinder engines, these silky smooth power plants deliver spirited performance, enhanced by a choice of sophisticated stability and traction control systems. Stability Traction Control (STC) and Dynamic Stability Traction Control (DSTC) help assure the S80 driver of an exceptional level of adhesion whether accelerating into traffic or taking a hard corner at speed. Drivetrain advancements extend to the electronically controlled "adaptive" four-speed automatic transmission with the "Geartronic" variant available for the twin-turbo model. The acclaimed ride and handling together with the S80's overall responsiveness and highway cruising prowess evidences the superior driving experience expected of Europe's finest luxury sedans.

    Full multiplex electronics eliminates pounds of wiring while increasing component reliability and enhancing electronic system integration and performance. A long list of technical innovations, from mirrors with memories to headrests that fold at the touch of a button, provide the complete driving experience.

    The S80 cabin environment's spacious, airy and inviting character reflects its Scandinavian heritage. To assure the ideal driving position, seating controls allow for an extraordinary range of adjustment and lumbar support. The front seat passenger enjoys the same freedom of movement. Both front seat occupants also enjoy dual zone electronic climate control for personalized all-season comfort. Logical controls reside within the natural arc of the hand.

    The 2003 Volvo S80 sedan features an array of best-in-class safety innovations, including driver and front passenger dual-stage Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) airbags, which work in harmony with the car's three-point seatbelts with pyrotechnic pre-tensioners. This 'smart' system uses a sensor to register the severity of an impact and adapts the airbag inflation accordingly while coordinating actions with the seatbelt. In case of a severe impact, the airbag is designed to inflate instantly to full capacity at the same time as the seatbelt tensioner helps to eliminate slack in the belt. The belt then 'gives' slightly to gently restrain the occupant before the airbag takes over to complete the SRS sequence.

    Additional safety features include standard Side Impact Protection System (SIPS) with side airbags and Inflatable Curtain (IC), Whiplash Protection Seating System (WHIPS), seat belts with pyrotechnic pre-tensioners in all seating positions, plus Volvo's safety cage construction. These major features and myriad occupant safety details make S80 the industry standard for occupant protection.

 

 

    The Volvo S80 received a Five Star/Five Star crash test rating from U.S. government agencies and a 'Best Pick' designation by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The S80 has won industry acclaim and contributed new designs and new technologies to the Volvo safety repertoire.

    Protection for the environment is also a priority for the Volvo S80, with features like Volvo's patented PremAir® radiator that helps reduce ground level ozone, water borne paint process, water based rust protection treatment and 85 percent recyclability are just a few environmental priorities Volvo has established for itself. The S80 was the first car to receive an Environmental Product Declaration certified by Lloyd's Register of London, UK.

S80 Buyers

    They are the company's oldest owners with median age of 49. Very married, empty nesters that are senior managers in their professions. They consider the S80 handsome, luxurious, roomy and safe. They are coming out of domestic cars and are "move ups" from cars like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. Not surprising, about one-third of buyers are replacing a Volvo for this model.

Competitive Group

Acura 3.5 RL, Audi A6, BMW 5 series, Cadillac Seville, Lexus GS 300, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Saab 9-5.

 

 

Volvo S80 T6 Elite: Personalized Executive Luxury

    With production limited to just 100 cars, the 2003 S80 T6 Elite promises unparalleled exclusivity and comfort. The rear seat was modified and relocated slightly rearward to create additional rear legroom and thus enhance the seating comfort. The supple Executive Leather upholstery, rear seat heaters and an electrically powered sunblind take the T6 Elite to an unprecedented level of luxury.

    For those executives who wish to use or recharge an assortment of today’s personal business tools, two 12-volt plug-in sockets are provided for the rear seat passengers. Wider door openings, made possible by the use of special door hinges, are also provided to allow for easier rear entry and exit. Also offered as standard equipment on the S80 T6 Elite are rear storage pockets and dual cup holders.

State-of-the-Art Video package 


    In addition to the long list of standard equipment, the S80 T6 Elite also includes a fully integrated miniature DVD player as part of an in-car Rear Seat Entertainment (RSE) system. The DVD player is integrated into the center console, along with a television tuner and an auxiliary input panel.

    The Volvo S80 T6 Elite RSE also comes with twin 7-inch Thin Film Transistor (TFT) screens, fully integrated into the rear-facing surfaces of the front seat head restraints. The system’s two remote controlled TFT screens operate independently of each other, allowing each rear seat occupant to choose their own form of entertainment. In addition to the media choices, an auxiliary input has been integrated into the rear armrest allowing convenient connections to most computers and game systems (such as Nintendo 64 and Sony PlayStation).

    The personalized convenience of the RSE system is still further enhanced by the rear seat occupant being able to choose between listening to audio either through the rear speakers or through the dual wireless infrared headphones offered as part of the RSE system. The Volvo S80 T6 Elite option list is limited to a rear center armrest-mounted refrigerator, capable of holding two 750ml bottles.

 

S80 T6 Elite Buyers

    The Volvo S80 T6 Elite is targeted at discerning private owners, company executives, diplomats, government representatives and anyone who places a premium on comfort, elegance and safety Families who have children or grand children that can be entertained for hours on end will also be attracted to the S80 T6 Elite as will chauffeured transportation services that want to provide a unique business or entertainment environment for rear seat customers.

Competitive Group

Mercedes Benz E-Class, BMW 5 and 7 series, Audi A-6/ A-8, Cadillac Seville and DeVille.

 

2003 Volvo S80 Prices & Options

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic Price

 

S80 2.9 MSRP

 

$36,455

 

Destination Charge

 

$660

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

S80 T6 MSRP

 

 

$43,935

 

Destination Charge

 

 

 

$660

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

S80 T6 Elite MSRP

 

 

 

$46,995

 

Destination Charge

 

 

 

$660

 

 

 

 

Packages

 

2.9 Premium Package

 

 

 

$1,995

 

Description

 

 

 

 

Leather Seating Surfaces

 

 

 

 

Power Glass Sunroof w/ Slide / Tilt Positions, Sliding Sunshade and Auto-Open

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Climate Package (standard on T6 Elite)

 

 

 

$625

 

Description

 

 

 

 

Air Quality System (AQS)

 

 

 

 

Headlamp Wiper / Washer

 

 

 

 

Heated Front Seats

 

 

 

 

Rainsensor windshield wipers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warm Weather Package (all models)

 

 

$575

 

Description

 

 

 

 

Air Quality System (AQS)

 

 

 

 

Electric Rear Sun Curtain

 

 

 

 

Infrared Reflective Front Windshield

 

 

 

 

Rear Door Side Sun Curtain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Options

 

Description

Price

2.9

T6

T6 Elite

 

Ash Gold Metallic

$450

OPT

OPT

-

 

Black Sapphire Metallic

$450

OPT

OPT

OPT

 

Moondust Metallic

$450

OPT

OPT

OPT

 

Nautic Blue Metallic

$450

OPT

OPT

OPT

 

Platinum Green Metallic

$450

OPT

OPT

-

 

Silver Metallic

$450

OPT

OPT

OPT

 

Ruby Red Metallic

$450

OPT

OPT

-

 

White Pearlescent Paint with Color-Cordinated Bumpers and Side Moldings

$600

OPT

OPT

OPT

 

Power Glass Sunroof w/ Slide / Tilt Positions, Sliding Sunshade and Auto-Open

$1,200

OPT

STD

STD

 

Leather Seating Surfaces

$1,400

OPT

STD

STD

 

Rear Seat Refrigerator

$700

-

-

OPT

 

Dynamic Stability and Traction Control

$695

OPT

STD

STD

 

Navigation System with DVD Map Data and Remote Control

$1,895

OPT

OPT

OPT

 

7" x 17" - "Arrakis" Alloy Wheels w/ 225 / 50 / HR17 Tires

$500

OPT

-

-

 

HU-803 4-CD In-Dash Sound System, 200-Watt Amplifier, Dolby Pro-Logic®, Premium Speakers, Diversity Antenna

$1,000

OPT

OPT

OPT

 

Volvo On Call Plus telematics/mobile phone

$835

OPT

STD

STD

 

 

 

 

 

2003 Volvo S80

 

 

 

Specifications

 

 

 

 

Safety

 

Description

2.9

T6

T6 Elite

Anti-Smash and Grab Laminated Side Windows

STD

STD

STD

Anti-Submarine Seats

STD

STD

STD

Daytime Running Lights (Halogen Semi-Sealed w/ Replaceable Bulb)

STD

STD

STD

Dual-Stage Front Airbags for Driver and Front Passenger

STD

STD

STD

Dynamic Stability and Traction Control

OPT

STD

STD

Emergency Trunk Release

STD

STD

STD

Homelink Remote Garage Door Opener

STD

STD

STD

Illuminated Side Marker Lights / Turn Signal Indicators

STD

STD

STD

Inflatable Side Curtain (IC)

STD

STD

STD

Overhead-Mounted Seatbelt Reminder Lights

STD

STD

STD

Rear Door Child Safety Locks

STD

STD

STD

Rear Fog Light w/ Auto-Off

STD

STD

STD

Safe Approach and Home Safe Lighting

STD

STD

STD

Seat Belts: Five, 3-Point Inertia-Reel Belts. Front have Pre-Tensioners and Height Adjustment

STD

STD

STD

Security System

STD

STD

STD

Side Impact Airbags (SIPSBAGS II™)

STD

STD

STD

Side Impact Protection System (SIPS)

STD

STD

STD

Stability Traction Control (STC)

STD

-

-

Top-Tether Child Seat Anchorage Capability

STD

STD

STD

Whiplash Protection Seating System (WHIPS)

STD

STD

STD

 

 

Exterior

 

Description

2.9

T6

T6 Elite

Central Power Door Locks w/ Remote Keyless Entry (Driver's Seat Memory Function), Trunk / Tailgate and Fuel Filler Locks

STD

STD

STD

Entry Lights in Outer Rearview Mirrors

STD

STD

STD

Front Fog Lights

-

STD

STD

Front Wheel Drive

STD

STD

STD

Outside Temperature Gauge

STD

STD

STD

Pollen Filter for Passenger Compartment

STD

STD

STD

Power Glass Sunroof w/ Slide / Tilt Positions, Sliding Sunshade and Auto-Open

OPT

STD

STD

Power Heated Outside Mirrors w/ Memory Function

STD

STD

STD

PremAir® Treated Radiator

STD

STD

STD

Tinted Windows

STD

STD

STD

Rainsensor windshield wipers

OPT

OPT

OPT

 

 

Interior

 

Description

2.9

T6

T6 Elite

Auto Dimming Rear View Mirror

STD

STD

STD

Cruise Control

STD

STD

STD

Cupholders

STD

STD

STD

Dual-Zone Electronic Climate Control

STD

STD

STD

Electrical Foldable Rear Head Restraints

STD

STD

STD

Five Padded Head Restraints

STD

STD

STD

Four Reading Lamps

STD

STD

STD

Front and Rear 12V Power Outlets

STD

STD

STD

Front Center Armrest

STD

STD

STD

Front Door-Panel Storage Pockets

STD

STD

STD

Illuminated Vanity Mirrors in Driver's and Front Passenger's Sun Visors

STD

STD

STD

Illuminated, Lockable Glove Box

STD

STD

STD

Immobilizer, Encrypted Ignition Key

STD

STD

STD

Interior Cabin Light Delay

STD

STD

STD

Leather Seating Surfaces

OPT

STD

STD

Leather Steering Wheel

STD

STD

STD

Luggage / Cargo Area Lights

STD

STD

STD

Navigation System with DVD Map Data and Remote Control

OPT

OPT

OPT

Plush Front and Rear Floor Mats

STD

STD

STD

Power Adjustable Driver Seat, 8-Way w/ 3-Position Memory and Lumbar Support

STD

STD

STD

Power Adjustable Passenger Seat, 8-Way w/ Lumbar Support

STD

STD

STD

Power Trunk Lock / Unlock

STD

STD

STD

Power Windows w/ Driver and Front Passenger Auto Down and Up w/ Anti-Trap

STD

STD

STD

Rear Seat / Trunk Pass Through for Long Loads

STD

STD

STD

Rear Seat Ventilation Outlets on B-Pillar

STD

STD

STD

Rear Seat Refrigerator

-

-

OPT

Rear Window Defroster w/ Automatic Timer

STD

STD

STD

Retractable Grocery Bag Retainer in Trunk

STD

STD

STD

Simulated Wood Trim

STD

STD

STD

Split Folding Rear Seat

STD

STD

STD

Tilt / Telescopic Steering Wheel w/ Illuminated Cruise and Audio Controls

STD

STD

STD

Trip Computer

STD

STD

STD

Two Entry Lights (in Front Door Foot Wells)

STD

STD

STD

 

 

Audio/Video/Electronics

 

Description

2.9

T6

T6 Elite

HU-611 Premium Sound System, Single CD, Cassette, 8 Speakers, 100-Watt Amplifier, Diversity Antenna

STD

STD

STD

HU-803 4-CD In-Dash Sound System, 200-Watt Amplifier, Dolby Pro-Logic®, Premium Speakers, Diversity Antenna

OPT

OPT

OPT

Rear Seat Entertainment System w/ twin 7-inch flat-screen monitors and DVD player

-

-

STD

Volvo On Call Plus telematics/mobile phone

OPT

STD

STD

 

 

Engine

 

Description

2.9

T6

T6 Elite

Compression Ratio

10.0:1

8.7:1

8.7:1

Horsepower (SAE net)

194 @ 5,200 rpm

268 @ 5,200 rpm

268 @ 5,200 rpm

Torque (ft. / lbs. SAE net)

207 @ 4,200 rpm

280 @ 1,800 - 5,000 rpm

280 @ 1,800 - 5,000 rpm

Transversely-Mounted, 2.9 Liter, 6-Cylinder, Double Overhead Cam

STD

-

-

Transversely-Mounted, 2.9 Litre, 6-Cylinder, Double Overhead Cam, Twin Exhaust-Driven Turbochargers w/ Intercooler

-

STD

STD

 

 

Transmission

 

Description

2.9

T6

T6 Elite

Four-Speed "Geartronic" Micro-processor Controlled Automatic w/ "Auto-stick" Function

-

STD

STD

Four-Speed Micro-processor-Controlled Automatic

STD

-

-

 

 

Brakes

 

Description

2.9

T6

T6 Elite

Anti-Lock Braking System w/ Electronic Brake Distribution (ABS / EBD)

STD

STD

STD

 

 

Suspension

 

Description

2.9

T6

T6 Elite

Suspension Front: MacPherson Strut w/ Asymmetrically-Mounted Coil Springs, Hydraulic Shocks, 19mm Stabilizer Bar

STD

STD

STD

Suspension Rear: Multilink Independent Rear Suspension w/ Coil Springs, Hydraulic Shocks, Stabilizer Bar, Cast Aluminum Subframe

STD

STD

STD

 

 

Steering

 

Description

2.9

T6

T6 Elite

Power-Assisted, Rack-and-Pinion Steering, 2.9 Turns Lock to Lock

STD

STD

STD

 

 

Exterior Colors

 

Description

2.9

T6

T6 Elite

 

     Ash Gold Metallic

OPT

OPT

-

 

     Black

STD

STD

STD

 

      Black Sapphire Metallic

OPT

OPT

OPT

 

     Moondust Metallic

OPT

OPT

OPT

 

     Nautic Blue Metallic

OPT

OPT

OPT

 

      Platinum Green Metallic

OPT

OPT

-

 

     Silver Metallic

OPT

OPT

OPT

 

     Ruby Red Metallic

OPT

OPT

-

 

     White

STD

STD

STD

 

     White Pearlescent Paint with Color-Cordinated Bumpers and Side Moldings

OPT

OPT

OPT

 

 

Interior Colors

 

Description

2.9

T6

T6 Elite

S80 2.9 Offblack Birka textile

STD

-

-

S80 2.9 Beige Birka textile

STD

-

-

S80 2.9 Graphite Leather Seating Surfaces

OPT

-

-

S80 2.9 Sand Leather Seating Surfaces

OPT

-

-

S80 2.9 Taupe / Lt. Taupe Leather Seating Surfaces

OPT

-

-

S80 T-6 Graphite Leather Seating Surfaces

-

STD

STD

S80 T-6 Sand Leather Seating Surfaces

-

STD

STD

S80 T-6 Silver Leather Seating Surfaces

-

STD

STD

S80 T-6 Taupe / Lt. Taupe Leather Seating Surfaces

-

STD

STD

 

 

Wheels and Tires

Description

2.9

T6

T6 Elite

7" x 16" - "Icarus" Alloy Wheels w/ 215 / 55 / HR16 Tires

STD

-

-

7" x 17" - "Arrakis" Alloy Wheels w/ 225 / 50 / HR17 Tires

OPT

-

-

7" x 17" - "Thor" Alloy Wheels w/ 225 / 50 / HR17 Tires

-

-

STD

7" x 17" - "Interceptor" Alloy Wheels w/ 225 / 50 / HR17 Tires

-

STD

-

 

 

Exterior Dimensions and Weights

Description

2.9

T6

T6 Elite

Curb Weight

3,576 lbs.

3,653 lbs.

3,653 lbs.

Front Track

62.3 in.

62.3 in.

62.3 in.

Rear Track

61.4 in.

61.4 in.

61.4 in.

Fuel Tank Capacity

21.1 U.S. gallons

21.1 U.S. gallons

21.1 U.S. gallons

Height

57.2 in.

57.2 in.

57.2 in.

Length

189.8 in.

189.8 in.

189.8 in.

Towing Capacity

3,300 lbs

3,300 lbs

3,300 lbs

Turning Circle, Curb to Curb

39 ft.

39 ft.

39 ft.

Wheelbase

109.9 in.

109.9 in.

109.9 in.

Width

72.1 in.

72.1 in.

72.1 in.

 

 

Interior Dimensions

Description

2.9

T6

T6 Elite

Cargo Capacity (Seats Down)

39.8 cu. ft.

39.8 cu. ft.

39.8 cu. ft.

Head room w/ Sunroof

37.5 in.

37.5 in.

37.5 in.

Head room w/o Sunroof

38.9 in.

38.9 in.

38.9 in.

Hip room, Front

55.3 in.

55.3 in.

55.3 in.

Hip room, Rear

55.0 in.

55.0 in.

55.0 in.

Leg room, Front

42.2 in.

42.2 in.

42.2 in.

Leg room, Rear

35.9 in.

35.9 in.

35.9 in.

Shoulder room, Front

58 in.

58 in.

58 in.

Shoulder room, Rear

56.9 in.

56.9 in.

56.9 in.

Trunk Capacity

14.4 cu. ft.

14.4 cu. ft.

14.4 cu. Ft.

 

 

Warranty

Description

2.9

T6

T6 Elite

Std. Warranty - 4 Years / 50,000 Miles (Whichever Comes First)

STD

STD

STD

Volvo On-Call Roadside Assistance

STD

STD

STD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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