With automobile manufacturers in Malaysia vying for tax incentives for energy efficient vehicles to effectively reduce retail prices to customers, most of these cars seem to be unexciting, small city prowlers – but Volvo has broken the mould yet again.
Volvo’s performance hero, the S60 T6 with the Drive-E powertrain takes it away with the Government recognizing the sedan as an Energy-Efficient Vehicle (EEV), along with a princely reduction to the amount of tax imposed. With this, the new pricing for the S60 T6 is now at RM 238,888 from the previous price at RM 280,888 – a RM 42,000 discount. The revised retail pricing will come into effect on 8 September 2016.
The EEV status awarded to the S60 T6 is a proud testament of Volvo’s new Drive-E powertrains technology, which promises increased performance without sacrificing fuel consumption or increasing harmful emissions. “Our Drive-E powertrain technology is focused squarely on delivering responsive power, clean efficiency and an exceptional driving experience. Using our advanced boosting solutions, we are able to get the best out of our precisely-designed engines,” said Lennart Stegland, Managing Director of Volvo Car Malaysia.
The S60 T6 delivers one of the best in-class performance, doing the century sprint in only 5.9 seconds. By combining both supercharger and turbocharger applications to the engine, S60 T6 outputs 306 hp of power at 5,600 rpm and 400 Nm of torque from 2,100 to 4,800 rpm. All of this power is channeled and managed by an 8-speed automatic transmission with two overdrive gears – which conserves fuel when cruising at constant speeds.
Despite these power figures, the Volvo S60 T6 is very much efficient, with only 6.7 litres of fuel consumed per 100 km under the NEDC combined cycle. Effectively, the new powerplant produces more power yet uses less fuel and produces less emissions as compared to the previous engine.
The S60 T6 comes standard with Dynamic chassis, which has an alert, quick responding design that puts the focus on the driving experience without diluting comfort. In addition, the steering gear ratio responds faster to give an enhanced steering feel and sharper response, and the steering column’s thicker tubing and stiffer bushes increased torsional rigidity by 100 percent. This also contributes to the increased feeling of direct contact with the wheels and the road.
Browse thru the gallery below for some official photos of the Volvo S60 T6: