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 |  Jul 05 2011, 11:33 AM


Hot on the heels of Volvo announcing their Performance Concept Prototype C30, Volvo Car Australia has pulled the wraps off their S60 Performance Project, a collaboration between Volvo, Heico and Polestar. Starting with an S60 T6 R Design, the Australian tuners has increased horsepower by 24-hp to 324-hp and torque has gone up close to 30 lb-ft of torque to 354 lb-ft.

No details were released on how the performance gain was achieved, but a the release did state a new exhaust system is on the Performance Project along with 19-inch wheels with Pirelli tires. Suspension is also upgraded on the sedan, lowering the vehicle by .6-inch with 15-percent stiffer springs with 20-percent stiffer bushings than the regular S60.

Volvo Car Australia is currently gauging interest in their S60 Performance Project and depending on demand, they may be building the S60 in limited numbers.

GALLERY: Volvo S60 Performance Project

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 |  May 04 2011, 10:53 AM


Volvo is adding a bit of high-end luxury to their popular S80 and V70 models with special edition models. Starting with their sedan, the S80 will have an Executive edition featuring an espresso brown or black leather instrument panel. The soft-leather seats are ventilated with a massage function and the center console now sports aluminum touches. On the dash is a classy, analog clock while the door panels are finished off with leather. Those looking for extra luxury in the S80 Executive can opt for a fridge with Swedish crystal glasses for the rear bench.

For the V70 wagon, the R-Design features LED turn indicators in the mirrors, that are now covered in silk metal. 18-inch wheels are bolted on all four corners from Ixion in a diamond-cut finish. For the interior, the R-Design sports leather upholstery in off-black and black floormats. Those interested in the R-Design package will be happy to hear that it’s available for all V70 trim models.

No pricing was announced.

GALLERY: Volvo S80 Executive and V70 R-Design

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