The Volvo XC90 reinforces its position as one of the most successful SUV models in the premium segment with the debut of a V8-engine model at the Paris show on 23 September.

The V8 engine is an entirely new powertrain and the first V8 from Volvo, and features a new 6-speed automatic transmission and the latest-generation AWD system.

"An SUV in the premium segment needs a V8, especially on the North American market where we sell about 60 per cent of all the XC90s we make," explains Hans Wikman, Vice President, Vehicle Line Large Cars.

Volvo expects to sell 15,000 XC90 V8 models next year. Production starts in early 2005, but will only be manufactured in Left Hand Drive, so will not be available in the UK.

Power and Torque

The Volvo XC90 V8 produces 315bhp with a massive 440 Nm of torque at 3900rpm. And at the sort of revs at which most driving takes place, around 2000 rpm, no less than 370 Nm of torque is at the driver’s disposal.

To increase the low end torque, the Volvo V8 has a valve in the inlet manifold that is closed below 3200 rpm. In this mode the air flow between the two cylinder banks is cut off, which creates a broader and more even torque curve.

"We chose to give our new V8 a sporty yet sophisticated appeal, with masses of power in reserve even as the revs rise," explains Jörgen Svensson.

Acceleration from 0 to 62mph takes 7.0 seconds and the fuel consumption on the official Combined cycle is 21.7mpg (preliminary figures). Top speed is limited to 131mph (118mph in the USA).

Published : 28/09/04 Author : Melanie Carter

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