Volvo XC90 SE Sport
SUV practicality with sporty handling

In response to customer demand, Volvo is adding a dynamic new model to the new XC90 range - the new Volvo XC90 SE Sport. With a specially tuned dynamic chassis, sharper driving characteristics and unique appearance and specifications, the Volvo XC90 SE Sport offers drivers the practicality of an SUV, with more enjoyable handling and distinctive styling.

“We have had numerous requests for a sportier XC90 from customers who appreciate the versatility and comfort of an SUV but who also want more driving pleasure,” says Karin Falk, head of Special Vehicles at Volvo Car Corporation.

“We have developed the Volvo XC90 SE Sport with a dynamic sport chassis, stiffer anti-roll bars, firmer shock absorbers, a sport-tuned, speed-dependent steering system and larger, 19in wheels,” she continues.

Dynamic driving characteristics with stiffened chassis settings

The chassis settings for the new Volvo XC90 SE Sport have been refined and specifically developed on UK roads to increase genuine driving pleasure. The shock absorbers have stiffer rebound rates and the anti-roll bars are stiffer (front +0.5mm; rear +1.0mm) to offer a high level of stability when cornering. The speed dependent steering has also been adapted to offer quick steering response. Furthermore, Volvo’s self-levelling system, Nivomat, has been fine-tuned to offer great stability and driving control.

“We promise a truly enjoyable experience behind the wheel of a Volvo XC90 SE Sport,” says Karin Falk. “The driving characteristics are of a calibre that many would not have thought possible in a Volvo SUV. And we have not had to compromise on ride comfort. We have succeeded in finding a balance between driving stability and the capacity to absorb unevenness in the road.”

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Published : 12/07/06 Author : Melanie Carter

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