The Swedish car maker Volvo has a typical reputation of safety-first attitude. Their S60 series is no exception. It’s a series of executive cars with comfort and performance as basic building blocks and safety as mortar. In case you don’t dislike too much of gadgetry and electronics-assisted features in a car, S60 series could be your choice. Since first release in 2000, Volvo has released two generations of S60s till date. First generation of the series includes S60R and a law-enforcement version. S60R came out from assembly line in 2003. On-road price for manual transmission was £34150 and that with “Geartronic” was £35400 in 2003.
Performance of the car came mainly from its 2.5L 5 cylinder multipoint fuel injection engine. Standard octane rating was 95 to 98 RON. Maximum power output was 300 hp at 5500 rpm. Top torque was 400 Nm at 1950 to 5250 rpm. Top speed was 155 miles per hour. Car came with 5-speed manual and 6-speed Geartronic. For 0 to 100 km/h acceleration, the manual transmission took 5.7 seconds while the automatic transmission took roughly 7.5 seconds.
In-cabin design perfectly portrays luxury sportiness. That means seats are comfortable with firm side support and driver’s seat keeps the driver steady on steering. The car came in three color options for interior – dark blue, aniline leather and gold beige. For inside freshness, standard features were Electronic Climate Control (ECC), Air Quality System (AQS) and Pollen filters. B pillar mounted ventilation kept the rear seats well-aerated. Front passenger seats were forward foldable and heated; while all the seats were height adjustable and metallic leather upholstered. Besides, you had asymmetric adjustable rear seating. Dash came in brushed aluminum trim. As true European executive, S60R had luxury as standard features.
For in-cabin entertainment the car sported HU-803 RDS (with 4 CDs changer) with Dolby Pro Logic surround sound system. Speaker system had four 50 W amplifiers and 9 speakers. Entertainment system control was on steering wheel. Among the gadgetry and electronic-adjusted features, S60R had exterior temperature gauge, electrically adjustable and heated door mirror, adjustable ground light on mirror, illuminated driver and passenger side vanity mirror, reading lights for both rows of seats, intelligent driver seat, door mirror memory, illuminated ignition lock and electronic accessory preparation. S60R sported an electronically adjustable shock-absorber, which was capable of 500 adjustments every seconds following feedback from different body and wheel column mounted sensors. The complex adjustment mechanism made the car most comfortable to ride on any road.
As an executive car, S60R had pretty pleasant look completed with 17 inches Pegasus alloy wheels. Basic objectives behind the design were aesthetics and user comfort. Slightly extended rear boot-lid worked as rear spoiler that caused 20% more down force on the rear wheels offering more stability at higher speeds. For perfect visibility in every type of light, S60R sported projector-type front fog lights and Bi-Xenon headlamps with wash/wipe facility. Windscreen wiper sported rain sensor. Front design includes completely integrated spoiler, air-intake gills and split front rubbing strips. Due to a smooth aerodynamic design S60R had a drag coefficient of 0.29.