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All-New S60, Most Dynamic Volvo Ever?

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On: Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 12:58PM | By: Chris Salamone

All-New S60, Most Dynamic Volvo Ever?

“Dynamic” is one of these advertising words that incorporate lots of different meanings conveniently into one fancy sounding concept. But when Volvo says the all-new 2012 S60 is “the most dynamic Volvo ever”, suddenly a word without a concise definition becomes a bit clearer. The S60 is a car with a range of skills, a range of driving characteristics, and most certainly a flashy new exterior. By all accounts, the 2012 model is faster, more efficient, and better looking than the outgoing model, thus making this latest redesign a Volvo with many powerful attributes.

For starters, the 2012 S60 is best-in-class within a few different luxury sedan categories. The T5 model achieves an estimated 30 mpg and yet delivers a 0-60 time of 6.8 seconds. Also, Volvo provides best-in-class coverage with a 5-year/50,000-mile warranty on all components (maintenance, wear & tear, roadside assistance, etc.). Like previous models, this newest S60 comes with two chassis settings (instead of three) for driver comfort and optimum handling.

If sporty sedans are your thing, the S60 R-Design might just do the trick. In addition to aggressive exterior add-ons, the R receives a modest bump in horsepower and torque over lower models: the T5 gets 250 hp and 266 lb.-ft., T6 gets 300 hp and 325 lb.-ft., while the R-Design receives 325 hp and 354 lb.-ft. of torque. The extra thrust will set you back a ways though. Models range from $31,150 for the T5 to $42,500 for the R-Design S60.

As far as tech goes, the S60 really stands out for the vehicle’s dedication to safety improvements. The car’s Pedestrian Detection system, with full automatic braking, will prevent those pesky pedestrians from a successful lawsuit and an Adaptive Cruise Control system can monitor and regulate the vehicle’s speed during stop-and-go traffic. And, in case you’re looking ahead to a Swedish-style winter (that means you, Pacific Northwest), the S60 comes with a Rear Fog Light standard on all models.

In sum, the 2012 S60 looks to be pretty solid in a number of different areas. Are we talking about a 3 Series killer here? Certainly not, but really the S60 shouldn’t even be considered competition for BMW’s benchmark vehicle. The two cars are priced, marketed, and perform very differently. Sure the R-Design can pull low 5-second 0-60 times and sure it can stop with the surety of a mountain goat, but this is a Scandinavian luxury sedan, not a Bavarian sports sedan. Even so, the all-new S60 appears to be an incredibly diverse vehicle—capable of handling the windy, frost-bitten mountain passes of the Swiss Alps just as adequately as protecting little Lucy in your rear-seat baby carrier.

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