Volvo S80 V8 (2006 – 2010), une discrète pompe à feu, dès 15 000 €

Rien ne distingue la Volvo S80 V8 de ses soeurs, hormis une discrète inscription sur la calandre. Ici, en 2006.

What are collectibles?

These are cars of special interest, so they deserve to be preserved. Not necessarily old, however, they exist in definite quantities, either because the manufacturer has decided so, or because their production has stopped. Then they take advantage of features that make them especially desirable: an engine, a chassis, a design, or a concept. Eventually, they will likely see their rating rise. One more argument to collect them before anyone else!

Why is the Volvo S80 V8 collectible?

A very special car without seeming so, the S80 is the only Volvo sedan to ever receive a V8. In this case, an original design engine, which owes nothing to Ford, then owner of the Swedish brand. Rather, it was designed with Yamaha (who built it) and has only been found on one car without a Volvo badge: the English Noble M600 supercar. The S80 V8 was only built for a few years and fewer than 10,000 units, making it a machine run primarily by insiders.

Although it has been producing large sedans for decades, which it sells for the most part in the US, Volvo has always lacked a V8 in its car lineup. He wanted to remedy it in the early 2000s, when he belonged to Ford, but borrowing an 8-cylinder from the latter would have been too easy. Unless it is the other way around… Indeed, the Swedish manufacturer intends to install its future V8 crosswise, which poses space problems.

American V8s are almost all 90° open: as well as being optimal for firing order, it limits height but increases width. Problem, it does not fit everywhere, in any case, not under the hood of Volvo designed as wheel drives on the base. This is the case of the XC90 and S80, which use the manufacturer’s P2 platform. So this one uses an engine manufacturer that has already proven its worth with certain Fords: Yamaha.

They are jointly developing a reduced aperture 60° V8, called the B8444S. Made in Japan, this engine is distinguished by its slightly offset cylinder banks and balance shaft, two features intended to smooth operation. Additionally, this 4.4L benefits from 32 valves and variable valve timing.

The very compact Volvo B8444S V8 is also very light: 190 kg. It is equipped with three timing chains, one synchronizing the camshafts with the crankshaft, the other two driving the pairs of camshafts.

First released in the XC90 in 2004, it also appears in the second-generation S80 sedan, which appeared in 2006. It makes a handsome 315 hp and is mated to an Aisin six-speed automatic transmission. And, to be sure to pass all the cavalry on the ground, we have provided an all-wheel drive with Haldex hitch. By default, 95% of the torque goes through the front axle and 5% through the rear, a figure that increases considerably when necessary.

Flowing yet distinctive elegance for the Volvo S80, which conceals its dimensions well.
Flowing yet distinctive elegance for the Volvo S80, which conceals its dimensions well.

Despite its weight of more than 1,800 kg, the Volvo S80 V8 is very fast (250 km/h maximum, 6.5 s peak). In addition, it has a large number of equipment. In the basic Momentum version, the dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery, cruise control, parking sensors and 17-inch alloy wheels are standard… The Summum adds electric seats, xenon headlights and GPS, which The Executive is completed with a more advanced sound. system with DVD screens in the rear seats and sunroof, among other amenities. Surprisingly, blind spot monitoring is still optional. At €57,000 in Momentum (current €68,000 according to INSEE), €62,300 in Summum (current €74,300 according to INSEE) and €68,650 in Executive (current €81,900), the Swede is very expensive, but less than its German rivals.

Two discreet tailpipes mark the Volvo S80 V8, like other versions of the S80...
Two discreet tailpipes mark the Volvo S80 V8, like other versions of the S80…

It just won’t evolve. Why ? Because the Chinese from Geely, who bought Volvo in 2009, decided to remove this engine, to rationalize the offer. Thus the S80 loses its V8 during its 2010 facelift. Too bad.

The second generation Volvo S80 Cx comes out at 0.29, a very good value for 2006.
The second generation Volvo S80 Cx comes out at 0.29, a very good value for 2006.

How much is it ?

The S80 V8 has lost a lot of value: it can be found in good condition from €15,000, with about 200,000 km on the clock, €17,000 at 150,000 km, and more than €20,000 at less than 100,000 km. Expect a small surplus in the case of an executive version.

Splendid interior for the Volvo S80, here in 2006. Note the separate center console, typical of Volvos of the time.
Splendid interior for the Volvo S80, here in 2006. Note the separate center console, typical of Volvos of the time.

Which version to choose?

You’d better have fun, given the low price difference, and just opt ​​for the richly equipped Executive.

The Executive trim, recognizable by its small logo on the side panel, is the richest trim offered on the Volvo S80.
The Executive trim, recognizable by its small logo on the side panel, is the richest trim offered on the Volvo S80.

collector’s versions

All of them, as long as they are in perfect original condition and have very low mileage. With, of course, a plus for the Executive.

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The V8 balancer shaft problems found in the Volvo XC90 have been resolved in the S80, which appeared in 2006.

What to monitor?

Very well done, the Volvo S80 displays enviable reliability. However, there are electronic bugs and Bluetooth issues, but nothing serious. That said, there are plenty of aftermarket electronic upgrades scheduled, make sure the car has been serviced regularly by the manufacturer. In addition to the engine, the Haldex gearbox and the differential must be drained before 100,000 km.

In the XC90 V8, there were problems with the intermediate shaft, a point that has been improved in the S80. All the better, because it is expensive to change! The distribution, by chains, does not pose particular concerns and, in general, the maintenance of this compact V8, therefore accessible, remains easy (spark plugs, accessories belt, access to the gearbox oil level).

Rigor, safety, comfort and melody characterize the Volvo S80 V8, here in 2006, on the road.
Rigor, safety, comfort and melody characterize the Volvo S80 V8, here in 2006, on the road.

At the wheel

It is always a pleasure to settle into an old Volvo, equipped with ultra-comfortable seats and relatively clear ergonomics. What we feel good about on board is a nicely designed and very well finished cabin!

That said, it’s still at the beginning that we feel most pleasure, with this V8 that sounds divinely good. It’s smooth at first, then firms up as you accelerate, eventually treating your ears to a typical growl as you approach the red zone. what an engine! It also provides very vigorous acceleration and starts. That said, the box, which is sometimes very slow, does not support it perfectly.

Superb interior for the Volvo S80, benefiting from excellent seats and a neat finish.  Here, a boost from 2006.
Superb interior for the Volvo S80, benefiting from excellent seats and a neat finish. Here, a boost from 2006.

There is nothing to complain about on the chassis side: the three-position controlled damping promotes a very good comfort/body support ratio, even annoying knocks occur in the hardest mode. Grip and traction are excellent, precision is more than adequate and the overall balance is uncritical. Obviously the car is still a bit clumsy, but it’s not a sports car and it brakes very well. Consumption is maintained: 13 l/100 km on average. You have to plan a budget…

The young alternative

Volvo S90 (1996-1998)

A slightly modified 960 in 1996, the S90 is the last representative of the big rear-wheel drive Volvos.
A slightly modified 960 in 1996, the S90 is the last representative of the big rear-wheel drive Volvos.

In Volvo’s rare sedan series, there is the S90, the latest evolution of the 760, which appeared in 1982. This had already been transformed into the 960 in 1990, adopting, for example, a multi-link rear suspension that was very beneficial. to highway driving. In 1992 it welcomed a new 6-cylinder, and in 1994 its rear end was restyled (slanted bezel at last!).

Under the hood of the S90 remains the excellent 6-cylinder in-line 2.9 liter, which develops 180 hp or 204 hp, and is enough to make it exceed 200 km / h. In the cabin, the finish is very robust, the presentation old-fashioned but attractive, the equipment rich and the roominess important. This very traditional Volvo, both in terms of its angular design and rear-wheel drive, which was the last to show off, disappeared in 1998, replaced by the first generation S80. From €5,500.

Non-stop version for the S80, whose trunk, however, is not very practical.
Non-stop version for the S80, whose trunk, however, is not very practical.

Volvo S80 V8 (2006) specs

  • Engine: 8-cylinder V, 4,414 cc
  • Food: injection
  • Suspension: McPherson struts, coil springs, stabilizer bar (AV); multi-link axle, coil springs, stabilizer bar (rear).
  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic, four-wheel drive
  • Power: 315 hp at 5,950 rpm
  • Torque: 440Nm at 3,950rpm
  • Weight: 1,810kg
  • Maximum speed: 250 km/h (manufacturer’s data)
  • 0 to 100 km/h: 6.5 seconds (manufacturer data)

To find Volvo S80 V8 ads, go to the La Centrale website

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