2. Feels like a Five and Six
The reason Volvo’s turbocharged engine is called T5 is that with 240 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, it produces roughly the same amount of power as Volvo’s five-cylinder turbo. Likewise, the twin-charged 2.0-liter T6 is destined to replace the turbocharged six-cylinder with an official rating of 302 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque.
Having only gotten to drive the XC60 T6 FWD briefly, our initial impressions are that the transition from supercharger to turbocharger on the T6 is seamless. Aside from the distinctly different sounds coming from the two chargers, power delivery is linear from idle to roughly 5,000 rpm where the turbo boost really kicks in.
It is childish fun hearing a supercharger whine at lower rpms followed by the whoosh of a turbo spooling. We found ourselves constantly playing with the accelerator to produce a symphony of chargers. With right-now boost all the time, the XC60 T6 is never lacking for power. It can roast the front tires from a standstill and still pull hard at highway speeds.