2011 Volvo S60 T6 Sedan: 0 to 60 in a blur and sexy all the while

21 Jun 2011 | 2,223 views | No Comment
     By Don Hammonds Volvo's all new 2011 S60 sport sedan helps bring a new word into the company's lexicon: Sexy. Not only does this car have its own blessedly distinctive, Swedish design exterior, it also  can be one heck of a lot of fun on the straightaways, curves and corners of life, cradling the driver and occupants in comfortable but firmly supportive seating, and giving all the thrills you'd expect from cars with price tags that are much higher than the $37,700 point of entry charged for the S60. It comes nicely equipped too.  You'll find a 3.0L 6-cyl. engine, smooth automatic transmission, 18 cty/26 highway miles per gallon highway rating, all-wheel drive, Bluetooth, iPod input and satellite radio, all standard equipment. At first, the S60 is  being made available in the top drawer, T6 version,  which is equipped with the aforementioned 300-horsepower turbocharged inline -6 and all wheel drive.  A front wheel driver versoin likely will cost less money and be introduced later, and there likely will be a T5 version that will have Volvo's venerable 227 horsepower turbocharged inline five cylinder engine under the hood. We absolutely love the look of the 2011 S60. The styling ofg the 2011 S60 is bulldog tough, with a stance that says "I mean business. Get outta my way!"  It's based on a gorgeous concept car introduced at the North American International Auto Show a couple of years ago, aned Volvo wisely stuck to the original design for production, making only a few modifications. Inside, the interior is both functional and elegant, done in our car's case in a nice copper and black color scheme. The centerpiece is he center stack, so smooth and ultramodern that it looks as though it can be a piece of sculpture in a museum. It's a curved piece that looks to be made out of ultra machined, smoothly finished stainless steel and it has to be seen to be believed. There's nothing else like it on the road. All the controls are logically placed, although we weren't crazy about the two step ignition system in which you insert the key fob inside a slot and hit the starter button. What's wrong with something conventional?  And though we appreciated all the safety equipment, the lane change warning signal and bright flashing lights were unnerving even for a second or two.  We expect many people to turn it off, though that obviously defeats the purpose of having it in the first place.
One of the more interesting features of the newVolvo S60is a system that allows you to choose which suspension option you want to use, and  unlike cars with similar systems, you do notice considerable variations among the choices which of course, enhances the driving experiences. The "Dynamic" sport mode is particularly delicious, of course.
Another important new technology is Pedestrian Detection. It can sense a pedestrian and if you're driving 21 miles per hour or less, quickly apply full baking power to avvoid a tragic accident.  If you're going faster than that, it can at least slow the car down enough so that the severityh of the accident is greatly reduced. Oh one more thing-- it doesn't mattter if you apply the brakes--the car takes over to do all of this. We tested this system on another Volvo model, and trust us, it works as described. Standard equipment is quite generous on the T6, as it should be in this corner of the market.  The list includes all wheel drive, the foremenioned sports suspension, front sport seats that have memory settings for the driver, 18-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, aluminum interior trim, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth and an eight-speaker audio system with a single-CD player, satellite radio, HD radio, an iPod/USB interface and an auxiliary audio jack. The mileage  rating is 17 mpg city/26 mpg highway and 21 mpg combined. This is a car that is as expressive as they come and it's strictly for those don't want what everybody else has. Could that be you?

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