High-performance Volvo S80 concept on show at SEMA 2007
By Kyle Sherer
September 23, 2007
September 24, 2007 German motorsport company Heico Sportiv has done some serious tweaking to the Volvo S80 T6 to produce a customized 260kW concept designed to showcase the potential of the standard AWD model. The high-performance concept will be on display at the 2007 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) automotive tradeshow beginning on October 30 in Las Vegas.
Featuring handcrafted body parts, the Volvo, S80 concept vehicle can accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in 5.8 seconds and the engine – which has been modified to burn E85, a mix of 85% bioethanol and 15% petrol - currently produces 260kW at 5500rpm, and 550Nm of torque between 1500 and 4000rpm. However Heico Sportiv remain optimistic that with further tuning the car will achieve higher horsepower output before its debut at SEMA.
Due to new shocks and springs, the chassis of the vehicle is 4mm lower than in conventional S80s, and the handcrafted bodykit make the Heico S80 concept wider. Volvo's electronically controlled All Wheel Drive system with Instant Traction is retained with the addition of specially developed sport suspension.
The braking system utilizes six-piston front callipers and 355x32mm vented discs and the wheels have also been specially developed – the 20-inch VOLUTION®X forged alloys wrapped in 255/30R20 tyres from Continental.
To top it off, the striking aluminum metal-effect appearance required two weeks of work and seven coats of special paint.
The largest tradeshow of its kind in the world, the SEMA show runs between 30 October and 2 November.