The all-new Volvo S60 is touted by the company as the sportiest Volvo ever. The stylish 4-door sedan comes equipped with an impressive 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 rated at 300 bhp and 325 lb.-ft. of torque. Six-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel-drive are standard, as well as the sportier suspension tuning aimed to convince the American public that Volvo cars are not only safe, but also fun to drive.
Having just driven the new S60 around the countryside near Lisbon, Portugal, I can say that the new Volvo does not disappoint. The engine offers good torque at low rpms, which makes acceleration or passing a breeze. The transmission can be put into sport mode, allowing for manual shifting, or holding the gear longer to maintain pace through corners. And on winding mountain roads, the S60's chassis is very composed, striking a good balance between ride and handling. Push the new Volvo a bit more aggressively around the turns, it reacts progressively to steering input. And thanks to torque-vectoring using computer-controlled left/right brake actuation, the car also tracks in and out of bends with surprising accuracy.
Overall, the S60's peppy performance match the car's stylish exterior. Though not forgetting about the brand's intense focus on safety, the new car will come with an optional, world's first pedestrian detection with auto brake: Up to 20 mph, the car will identify people walking in front and will warn the driver, or even slow the car to a complete stop if there is an impending collision. Volvo sees this car as a global product that it hopes will help pump up worldwide sales. Going on sale mid-September, price will start at $37,700.