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It won’t officially debut for just over a week, but K-Pax Racing has released a few teaser images of the rebodied Volvo S60 race car it will campaign in the World Challenge series.
Series Champions in the GT Class last year, K-Pax is back competing for the title in 2011. Volvo enthusiasts may have noticed that so far this season the S60 race car is looking a little dated, using bodywork inspired by the previous generation S60 sedan, not the new 2011 model. That will change for rounds five and six at Mosport International Raceway when the new car is not only unveiled, but will hit the track for the first time.
We’ll be sure to deliver updates on the new car, and will be on hand for the races on May 20-22. Until then, check out these amazing pics of the exposed carbon fiber S60 before it gets decked out in official race livery.
GALLERY: K-Pax Racing Volvo S60
According to some leaked internal documents, the new Volvo V60 will come equipped with a 250-hp turbocharged 5-cylinder engine in base trim when it arrives at dealers here in North America in the Spring. When Volvo originally announced the new, second-gen S60 it only released info on the top-shelf AWD, 300-hp version.
No pricing for the entry-level front-drive S60 has been officially announced, but it’s expected to come in at around $32,000 – a fair chunk lower than the S60 T6 mode’s $38,550 MSRP.
Check out the complete list of standard equipment and option packages listed in the Volvo Overseas Deliver program below:
GALLERY: 2011 Volvo S60
GALLERY: Volvo V60 Order Forums
Volvo unveiled its new S60 at the Geneva Auto Show, trumpeting one of its biggest features: a pedestrian detection system.
An evolution of Volvo’s automatic braking technology, pedestrian detection system uses radar and camera technology to sense when a pedestrian is about to step in front of the vehicle. If the S60 is traveling at less than 35 km/h (21.7 mph) when it senses a pedestrian ahead, the system lights a signal to alert the driver. If the driver does not see the signal fast enough, the system will apply the brakes and bring the car to a halt. At speeds over 35 km/h, the automatic brakes will still kick in, slowing the S60 down to reduce the speed of impact.
Automatic braking isn’t the Volvo S60′s only impressive bit of technology. Under the hood, the S60 comes with two gasoline engine configurations: a 304 hp turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine or a four-cylinder turbo engine rated at 203 hp. The S60 also has two turbo diesel engine options, a 205 hp five-cylinder engine and a 163 hp three-cylinder.
Volvo is targeting car enthusiasts with the S60, calling it and the XC60 Volvo’s sportiest vehicles. Volvo also says a sportswagon S60 will be introduced later this year.
Gallery: Volvo S60
Volvo will debut its new 2011 S60 model at the Geneva Auto Show this March, just over a year since the S60 concept first appeared at the Detroit Auto Show back in 2009 and a decade after the original S60 was introduced.
Like modern Volvo’s the car retains much of its swoopy style, with the Swedish automaker deciding to go the 4-door coupe route with this new model. And like most modern cars it has grown in size. The new model is now 1-inch longer and 2-inches wider, with a 2.3-inch longer wheelbase and 1-inch wider track u front (1.7-inch wider rear track).
Under the hood is Volvo’s T6 turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine with 300-hp and 325 ft-lbs of torque, delivering a 0-60 mph time of 6.2 seconds. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, as is AWD on T6 models. A T5 engine is also expected to be offered after launch with around 227-hp.
In the U.S. Volvo will offer the S60 standard with its “Dynamic” chassis, rather then the “Comfort” setting which will be standard in other markets, with the Dynamic model using stiffer subframe dampers.
Other highlights include Advanced Stability Control with a roll angle sensor to predict skidding earlier so the Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC) can work earlier to deliver improved handling and accident avoidance. There’s also Corner Traction Control, which works like an electronic LSD to brake the inside wheel in a corner to eliminate wheel slip and the resultant understeer.
And of course, the 2011 S60 comes with Volvo’s Pedestrian Detection system with full auto brake, to detect objects taller than 31 inches and bring the vehicle completely to a stop (at speeds below 22 mph) if warning signs are ignored.
AutoGuide will bring you more on the 2011 Volvo S60 at the car’s official debut at the Geneva Auto Show on March 2nd.
GALLERY: 2011 Volvo S60
[Source: InsideLine and Volvo]
Official release after the jump:
Volvo will use the Geneva Auto Show next March as the platform to debut its new S60 luxury sedan. The Swedish automaker has even released two images of what the upcoming vehicle will look like and we’re happy to report that much of the more dynamic styling from the concept car has been carried over. Volvo is making a big push to update its image as of late, with vehicles like the XC60, as well as the refreshed V70 and C30.
“The all-new Volvo S60 is sculpted to move you. It looks and drives like no other Volvo before and the car’s technology will help you to be safer and more confident behind the wheel,” says Volvo CEO Stephen Odell. “Customers in this segment want emotional appeal, sporty design and dynamic driving properties. The S60 has it all. We are convinced that it will be one of the strongest contenders around.”
Volvo is keeping tight-lipped about the new vehicle but it will get the company’s new Pedestrian Detection system, which can not only “see” if there is a person in front of the car, but will actually bring the car to a complete stop of the driver doesn’t react.
GALLERY: 2010 Volvo S60
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