The Volvo S80 was an executive car manufactured by Volvo from 1998 to 2016 spanning two generations. It took the place of the RWD S90 as Volvo's flagship sedan. The S80 is also used as a base for specialized cars such as lengthened limousines, hearses, and ambulances. Moreover, when showing your S80 some TLC, donít forget that a Volvo S80 repair manual may be just the tool you need to get the job done.
The first-generation spanned from 1998 to 2006. Volvo did not offer a station wagon variant for its first-generation. From 2006 to 2016, the second generation was launched in 2006 as the 2007 model year vehicle. The design took styling cues from the Volvo ECC concept. The first-generation of the S80 was based on the Volvo P2 platform.
The S80 had initially been available with four different engines options. Starting with a detuned 2.4 L five-cylinder engine producing 139 hp. The fully tuned version of the 2.4 L engine produced 168 hp. Next up was a 2.9 L 193 hp 6-cylinder, then 268 hp T6, and finally the 138 hp 2.5 L Volkswagen-sourced Turbocharged Direct Injection (TDI) diesel engine. The 2.9 had a straight-six engine, while the T6 was powered by a destroked twin-turbocharged version.
There was the addition in 2000, of the 200 hp 2.5T, available with standard AWD. The 2.5T model had a light-pressure turbocharger. In late 2001, Volvo introduced the 161 hp 5-cylinder common rail diesel D5, detuned to 129 hp and marketed as 2.4D in some countries.
In some European markets, the entry-level S80 came with a 2.0 L 5-cylinder turbocharged engine turning out 180 hp, and a T5 badged S80 with the same engine but tuned to 223 hp with the assistance of the Mitsubishi td04-16t high-pressure turbo, which could also be found in the early S60 T5s. These were marketed in countries where larger capacity engines were penalized by heavy taxation. Minor exterior design updates occurred between 2003 and 2004 versions, notably front grille styling.
The second-generation S80 was debuted at the Geneva Motor Show, with sales beginning in June 2006. The new S80 featured a new 3.2 L straight-six engine or 4.4 L V8 engine, in combination with available 4WD. The second-generation S80 was the first Volvo saloon model to come available with Volvo's compact, transversely fitted B8444S V8 producing a power output of 311 hp and 325 lb⋅ft of torque developed jointly by Volvo and Yamaha. The engine featured advanced electronics and four catalytic converters.
Only marketed in China, the S80L is a long-wheelbase variant. The S80L has since been replaced by the S90L. The model was replaced by the second generation S90 in the latter half of 2016.
Despite the fact that the hayday of the S80 is over, donít let that fool you into thinking they arenít still around. Theyíre out there. So, remember if you ever need help servicing your S80, having a Volvo S80 workshop manual can make the job go smoother.