2010 Volvo S80 Gets Two New Chassis
The first of the two, set to be launched on the S80 in summer 2009, is intended to provide better driving dynamics to the customers. The car has been lowered by 20 mm at the front and 15 mm at the rear, resulting in an overall lower centre of gravity.
The reduction of ground clearance was also achieved by shortening coil springs and increasing their rates. The shock absorbers were given greater damping ability on both compression and extension strokes.
To ensure a greater stability in corners, mountings on the sub-frame have harder bushings and the anti-roll bars have been strengthened. The Lowered Dynamic Chassis is fitted with automatic leveling to keep the car positioned regardless of the road surface and driving conditions.
The new Lowered Dynamic Chassis provides the highest levels of sporting driving in a Volvo. The car has a completely new character and it feels far more compact and agile on the road," Stefan Sällqvist, Volvo section manager for vehicle dynamics said in a release.
The Comfort Chassis came to be as a result of reengineering the standard frame. Softer springs and a more subtle damping system allow for a smoother ride. As Volvo officials say, it is intended for those interested in comfort.
The new S80 will be available, as we said, this summer. The vehicle will arrive on the UK market along with a facelift, boasting a XC60-like front grille and chrome detailing on the air intakes.
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