2004 Volvo S60 R AWD Review

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2004 Volvo S60 R Review

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By JOHN HEILIG

MODEL: 2004 Volvo S60 R

2.5-liter inline 5 cylinder

300 hp @ 5,500 rpm/295 lb-ft @ rpm

TRANSMISSION: 6-speed manual automatic with sequential shifting mode available)

106.9 in.

LENGTH x WIDTH x 181.3 x 71.0 x 56.3 in.

PRICE: $36,825 (V70 R both base price

is getting serious about its abilities. With the introduction of the new R S60 R and V70 R sedan and wagon, respectively, the carmaker has announced to its primary that it is ready to do battle. And believes it can win.

Core of the R Concept vehicles is active Four-C (Continuously Chassis Concept) and new 6-speed manual transmission. Together, transform the already powerful S60 and V70 performance vehicles. With the of all-wheel drive, these have capabilities other will be chasing after.

feels the two new vehicles will against the Audi A4 3.0 quattro, BMW Infiniti G35, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz C320.

The Four-C allows the Volvo to be driven as a sedan, a sporty sedan or as an sedan (or wagon). We had the opportunity to try the modes on both a slalom and the asphalt of Las Vegas Motor

On the slalom course, our first were with the suspension set to There was considerable lean in the oversteer and understeer in the areas to show these traits and on braking. With the suspension set to which Volvo recommends for serious driving, the car was flat all corners, exhibited neutral characteristics and was flat on braking and

Obviously, the car was a hoot to drive on the as well. We didn’t have the 1.5-mile oval, but parts of the track and an infield road

The true test was on the road. We the S60 R over the roads of the Lake National Recreation Area in Nevada. This is beautiful with both long stretches and some interesting

These were roads suited to a performance vehicle. we were in comfort or sport, the was nearly ideal. There some sections with asphalt that saw road transmitted into the cabin, but the ride was excellent.

In aggressive the ride was slightly harsher, but not

Volvo’s test ride took us down the Las Vegas Why? To show that the S60 R is tractable in heavy bumper-to-bumper And if you have to drive in bumper-to-bumper why not do it in an interesting environment?

The Four-C concept is based on the to process enormous amounts of related to the rotational speed and movement of each wheel, wheel deflection and velocity, engine torque, and braking by ABS. For example, th3e absorbers are updated with new 500 times a second. Volvo with high-tech system Ohlins Racing AB and shock manufacturer Monroe for the shock

Also, under severe the Four-C system receives the information a few milliseconds before the pads touch the disc. By the microprocessor had computed how much the will cause the front end of the car to and uses this information to set the absorbers to maximize control and grip. I HATE it when a car is than I am.

The R Concept cars use the biggest Volvo has ever used, 12.9-inch ventilated discs and rear. These cars are Volvos, with all the safety one would want in a car or wagon; air all over the place, well-designed seats, a solid body etc. And they are luxurious, super leather in the up-level

The cloth seats ain’t bad but if you’re going to go with the R Concept, why not go all the way with the seats as

Those of us on the test drive that here was a car we could buy for our wives, who would use it in comfort Then on the weekends we could the car/wagon, switch the setting to or aggressive and have a ball.

The of all possible worlds.

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