Wednesday, August 30, 2000
The funky-looking manual Spaceball 5-speed transmission is available on
the base S60 and the top-of-the-line T5 version with 247 hp and 243 lb-ft
Stockholm—While its design features are noted in
Design News' upcoming annual auto issue (10/2/00), photos of Volvo's new
S60 sport sedan were unavailable until now.
Designer Peter Horbury told his team, "Design a car that will
appeal to younger people, those who wouldn't normally consider a Volvo." How
well did they do? Based on looks, powertrain choices (three engine and three
transmission options, including a 5-speed manual), and price (only the base
model price, $26,500, is currently available), they may have done very well.
The sloping rear roofline and short rear end give this sedan a
coupe-like look. And power options from 168 (naturally aspirated) to 247 hp
(high-pressure turbo) should satisfy a wide range of drivers (and pocketbooks).
And as an aerospace engineer, what also appeals to me is the low
0.28 drag coefficient. For more information, go to http://www.volvocars.com.
Volvo's new S60 is aimed at taking its reputation for safety into the