Kuala Lumpur, 6 April 2011 – Malaysians are in for the ride of their lives once they get behind the wheel of the all-new, all-gorgeous and all-powerful S60.
Available in two fully imported variants, the 3.0 T6 AWD (all-wheel drive) and 2.0 T5, the all-new S60 is also Volvo’s sportiest and safest car to date and one that promises a more ‘naughty’ driving performance than any previous Volvo. This stunning looker is expected to usher in a new generation that will change the future of the Swedish brand.
“The new S60 is pure driving pleasure, with a sporty, extrovert design that delivers enthusiastic driving characteristics,” said Goran Larsson, President of Volvo Car Malaysia. “It more than lives up to its promise as Volvo’s most dynamic car ever, which is something that becomes very apparent the naughtier you are behind the wheel!”
In Malaysia, the S60 T6 comes with the self-adjusting Four-C chassis with three settings for three times the pleasure – Comfort for cruising, Sport for when you’re feeling naughty and Advance to increase driving dynamics. The T5 has Dynamic chassis as standard, but both variants boast improved steering, stiffer springs and bushes as well as more damping than any previous model.
The S60 is the first sedan model in the market with Advanced Stability Control. This anti-skid feature makes it possible to identify skidding tendencies at a very early stage, thus improving handling and allowing for rapid avoidance manoeuvres.
There’s also the S60’s new Corner Traction Control feature, which uses Torque Vectoring for smoother cornering. When cornering, the car’s inner driven wheel is braked simultaneously as more power is transmitted to the outer driven wheel to allow for tight cornering while reducing any tendency to understeer. This system makes it easier to smoothly maintain your desired line on winding roads, in roundabouts and on wet surfaces.
The all-new S60 boasts a luxurious, driver-oriented interior and a suggestively stylish exterior that is guaranteed to get hearts racing! The S60’s “coupe with four doors” profile features a C-pillar that stretches to the tail lamps, while the coupe-like roof line is accompanied by a new shoulder contour on either side of the lower body to create a gentle yet powerful double wave from the headlamps to the tail lamps.
The dip in the middle of the double wave visually pushes the car down to enhance the stance and give it a ‘hungry’, lowered look. The sculpted bonnet and the short overhangs front and rear also emphasise the sports-car feel.
The S60 T6 features an award-winning, turbocharged 3.0-litre petrol engine that has been boosted further, primarily thanks to lower internal friction. It now pumps out a blistering 304 hp, no less than 440 Nm of torque and coupled with Instant Traction AWD, the T6 is Volvo’s most powerful 6-cylinder engine. Power is delivered via Volvo’s second-generation six-speed automatic Geartronic transmission, which takes you from 0-100 km/h in 6.1 seconds flat.
The 4-cylinder in-line turbocharged 2.0 T5 is no slouch, either. It produces a generous 240 hp, with 320 Nm of torque and goes from 0-100 km/h in 7.5 seconds.
Sculpted to move drivers physically and emotionally with its in-your-face attitude, the S60 also ensures drivers enjoy a blissful, safe drive every time. This sports sedan pushes Volvo’s world-renowned safety hallmarks to the fore, with more safety components than any brand in its segment.
The all-new S60’s safety hallmark has to be its groundbreaking Pedestrian Detection with full auto brake feature. A world’s first, it detects pedestrians who walk onto the road in front of the car, warn the driver – and automatically apply full braking power if the driver does not respond in time. Pedestrian Detection can avoid a collision with a pedestrian at speeds of up to 35 km/h if the driver does not react in time.
Pedestrian Safety may be the cherry on the cake, but the S60 is also packed with other high-tech solutions that include active preventive safety features.
The S60’s new infotainment system, the Volvo Sensus, allows the driver to get up close and personal with high-tech features without having to read the owner’s manual. Sensus presents information from the audio unit, navigation system and other functions on a 7” colour screen installed high in the centre console and is accessible via steering-wheel controls.
The T6 also boasts Volvo’s advanced sound system, Premium Sound, which pumps out high-definition sound courtesy of a class-D digital 5x130W amplifier, Dolby Digital in combination with Dolby Pro Logic II Surround, the award-winning MultEQ from Audyssey Laboratories and 12 loudspeakers.
The all-new Volvo S60 T5 and T6 for the Malaysian market will come with two brand new colours, Vibrant Copper and Flamenco Red. The T6 is priced at RM348,000 while the T5 sells for RM288,000 (both prices on-the-road, without insurance).
“Our mission for the S60 was to create the sportiest Volvo ever – and we are 100% delighted with the result,” said Larsson. “And we are extremely confident that Malaysians will agree with us. This will be the car that dramatically changes the public perception of Volvo and the driving performance of Volvo cars in the future.”