|Volvo's XC90 Sport has been introduced in Europe and should reach North American markets later this year. |
Volvo Car Corporation is expanding the XC90 range with a new variant - the Volvo XC90 Sport
. With a dynamic chassis setting and a unique appearance and specifications, the Volvo XC90 Sport will offer drivers more enjoyable handling and desirability.
"We have had numerous requests for a sportier XC90," said Karin Falk, head of Special Vehicles at Volvo Cars. "They are from customers who appreciate the versatility and comfort of an SUV but who also want a bit more driving pleasure. We have developed the Volvo XC90 Sport especially for them, with a dynamic sport chassis, stiffer anti-roll bars, firmer shock absorbers, a sport-tuned, speed-dependent steering system, and larger, 19" wheels," she continues.
Sporty driving characteristics with a stiffened chassis
The Volvo XC90 Sport is not only sporty in aesthetic terms. The chassis characteristics have been refined. Both the shock absorbers and the anti-roll bars have been made stiffer to offer a high level of stability when cornering.
The steering has also been adapted to offer quick steering response. Furthermore, Volvo's self-leveling system, "Nivomat," is standard in the seven-seat model available in the United States. The system has been fine-tuned to offer greater stability and driving control.
"We dare to promise a truly enjoyable experience behind the wheel of a Volvo XC90 Sport," says Karin Falk. "The driving characteristics are of a caliber that few thought were possible in a Volvo SUV. And we have not had to compromise on riding comfort. We have succeeded in finding a balance between driving stability and the capacity to absorb unevenness in the road."
Distinctive and sporty exterior
The Volvo XC90 Sport will be launched with a color that is unique for this XC90 variant - Passion Red - plus double chromed exhaust pipes and larger 19" alloy wheels - available in silver bright or diamond cut with contrasting effect. The body color wheel arch extenders help to distinctively emphasize the large wheels.
The detailing and trim will have a satin silver finish rather than the standard chrome, and the lower skid plate is also in satin silver. The unique sill moldings are in brushed stainless steel. To accentuate the vehicle's inherent nature and to create a sleeker appearance, the sport is not fitted with roof rails (although they will be available as an option for those customers who need them).
Sport décor and upholstery
The interior design is customized with a more sporty character with a sport steering wheel and gear selector of perforated leather plus sports seats with additional lateral cushioning to support the driver, even in faster cornering.
The seating surfaces are a combination of two different grades of leather which provide a sporty, exclusive feel. The décor piping, in different color shades, also enhances the impression.
The instrument dials have metal chronograph watch-style faces with a shimmering blue luster. The sport carpets with crème-colored décor piping complete the picture of a sporty interior with an exciting hi-tech feel.
V8 and 3.2-liter six-cylinder petrol engines
The range of engines for the Volvo XC90 Sport includes Volvo's V8 (311 hp) and its new 3.2-litre six-cylinder gas engines. Both of these powerful and energy-efficient engines contribute to the sporty driving experience. The engines are extremely compact and are transversely mounted in the engine bay for the best possible safety and spaciousness in the cabin.