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Volvo S40, Volvo V50, Sedan
Sep 28, 2003 (2:07 pm)
Will be available w/ Haldex AWD and a 6 speed manual.
Actually, the AWD will be available w/ a manual only.
Car won't be available at intro though.
The R is safe for now, the S40 won't have 4C or brembos or more hp.
Look for the R to be upgraded in 2005, and maybe,maybe an S40R then.
As an aside Volvo is commiting more resources to AWD on its future models. The S40, S60 and S80 will feature multiple models w/ AWD.
Sep 28, 2003 (5:22 pm)
Will there be a non-AWD T5? I love AWD, but I think it would be quite a hinderance on the 220 hp T5. I hope I'm wrong. But, if I'm not, would I have a FWD T5 to choose instead?
Sep 29, 2003 (8:16 am)
The auto T5 will be FWD.
The problem w/ FWD and horsepower is torque steer.
Its fine if your driving a Dodge Neon but unforgivable in a luxury car.
Sep 29, 2003 (9:10 am)
of course its a problem, but I find it very manageable in my T5 99% of the time. Its only when changing lanes and stomping the gas that it might could get a bit unruly. But, overall, its not an issue. I found my rear drive V8 pickup to be much more of a beast to control upon acceleration around a turn.
Are you saying no stick FWD S40 T5??? Please say it ain't so!
Sep 30, 2003 (8:57 am)
A V8 pickup has its own handling issues.
But a properly setup lux sedan shouldn't.
Hence AWD on a powerful car.
At this point I don't know if there will be a FWD T5 manual.
Sep 30, 2003 (9:00 am)
just like FWD properly set up on a lux sedan shouldn't be a problem.
i heard on another board there will be manual and auto available on all levels of the S40, so I'll keep hope alive.
Oct 02, 2003 (4:16 pm)
It's funny, C&D is a professional car magazine yet they say, "appears to be a chopped and slightly chubby version of its larger S60 sibling"
If you look at the s40, it has a different front and rear than the s60, but more than that, the s60 has a totally unique greenhouse. The s40 is a smaller version of the s80's greenhouse, not the s60s. I tihnk it is more accurate to say that the new car has Volvo's current styling characteristics, the rear lights, the pronounced shoulders, but the s40 has some unique aspects to its styling and isn't a shortened s60.
#157 of 1117 benjamins
Oct 03, 2003 (7:47 am)
But saying what you did doesn't sound as exciting!! You must read engineering journals!! LOL (just kidding).
#158 of 1117 trunk space..
Oct 03, 2003 (12:33 pm)
I know this is somewhat of an issue over on the 2004 TL board, so does anybody know how big the trunk is?