Facebook YouTube Twitter RSS Feed Newsletter
Review (2/2)

Volvo Announces More Horsepower, Torque for 2012 S60 R-Design

Source: Volvo | Published: Thu May 05, 2011

(continued from the previous page)

Chassis and Suspension

The chassis team fitted a strut brace under the hood that ties together the suspension strut towers. This is a classic method of stiffening up the body structure and to improve steering response. At the rear, the 2012 Volvo S60 R-Design features monotube dampers. Unlike the twin-tube dampers used in the S60 T6, the monotube system features compression and return damping via the same valve. This gives shorter, faster fluid flow, which in turn means the damper responds more quickly.

The front and rear springs have been shortened by 0.6 inches (15 mm) to give the car more visual attitude. What is more, spring stiffness is 15 percent higher compared to the dynamic chassis in the S60 T6. The bushings with which the rear dampers are attached to the body are 20 percent stiffer compared with the Dynamic chassis found in the standard S60 T6. The front tie-blade bushing, that is to say the attachment in the rear of the car, is a massive 400 percent stiffer than before to counteract wheel bouncing and shaking.

Volvo's Most Powerful Six-Cylinder

Ride control and confidence inspiring handling are nothing without the appropriate muscle and the 2012 Volvo S60 R-Design won't disappoint. The turbocharged T6, displacing 3.0 liters, is the most powerful six-cylinder engine currently offered by Volvo. Maximum torque now is achieved from just 3,000 rpm and remains available throughout the rev range. Power is transmitted to the wheels via Volvo's second-generation six-speed automatic Geartronic transmission with sport mode. New valves and lower friction mean faster gear changes than before. Similar to the S60 T6, the S60 R-Design will be offered standard with Volvo's electronically controlled all-wheel-drive system with Instant Traction and Corner Traction Control with torque vectoring.

Corner Traction Control uses torque vectoring for smoother cornering. This technology is a further refinement of the Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC). When cornering, the 2012 Volvo S60 R-Design's inner driven wheel is braked while, at the same time, more power is transmitted to the outer driven wheel. This allows the driver to take the corner more tightly while reducing any tendency to understeer.

Safety a Priority for Volvo

On the safety front, the S60 R-Design is available with Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake. This driver assistance system consists of a newly developed radar unit integrated into the S60's grille, a camera fitted in front of the inside rearview mirror and a central control unit. The radar's task is to detect any object in front of the car and to determine the distance to it while the camera determines what type of object it is. Up to 22 mph, the system helps the car avoid hitting a pedestrian. At higher speeds, the system helps mitigate the severity of an impact.

The function is also programmed to respond to vehicles in front that are at a standstill or are moving in the same direction as the car fitted with the system. Thanks to the newly developed dual-mode radar's much wider field of vision, pedestrians about to step into the roadway can also be detected early on. The camera has higher resolution than the previous-generation unit. This makes it possible to detect the pedestrian's pattern of movement.

Volvo S60 R-Design: Photo Gallery, Review (1/2) and Specifications

Top Top
Latest Updates
2012 BMW 1 M Coupe V8 Race Car by GC AutomobileBMW 1 M Coupe V8 Race Car by GC Automobile [w/ video]

Fri Dec 09, 2011

BMW X6 M50d with Diesel Engine [w/ video]

Fri Dec 09, 2011

2012 Nissan GT-R Track Pack (UK-spec)2012 Nissan GT-R Track Pack (UK-spec)

Fri Dec 09, 2011

2011 Nissan Juke-R Concept2011 Nissan Juke-R Concept

Fri Dec 09, 2011

Lamborghini Expanding in Asia: New Dealerships in South Korea and China

Thu Dec 08, 2011

Top 18

Desktop Wallpapers
Copyright © 2003-2011 Cardotcom.com. All rights reserved. Contact Us :: Terms of Use :: Privacy Policy