Volvo’s limited-edition Sprint nifty but noisy
THE limited-edition Sprint celebrates Volvo’s continued success in V8 Supercar racing.
Based on t he entr y- l evel Kinetic model, it is available as a hatch or sedan, with $4000 of additional equipment f or a drive-away price.
Just 100 examples of the V40 and S60 hatch and sedan will be produced.
The S60 T4 Sprint Edition sedan, the subject of our review, i s priced f rom $ 54,888 drive away.
It has a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 132kW of power and 240Nm of torque, paired with a six- speed dualclutch st yle automatic, with manual changing available via t he ge a r s e l e c t o r — b ut no change paddles.
Drive is to the front wheels. The dash from 0-100km/h takes 9.0 seconds and top speed i s 225km/h.
Also of note is the R-Design sport chassis that comes standard with the Sprint. It lowers the car 15mm and is tuned for more dynamic driving, with quicker steering, 15 per cent stiffer springs and a front strut brace.
Being a Volvo, it scores a full five stars for crash safety from ANCAP, with six airbags and a rear-view camera, as well as dynamic stabilit y and t rac t i on control as standard. There is also City Safety automatic braking to protect against rear enders. The seats are comfortable and the chunky steering wheel is one of the best.
There’s plenty of head and leg room both front and back, with la r ge, c omfor t a bl e RDesign sports seats finished in leather. Auto lights, wipers and rear-vision mirror are complemented by climate air, rear parking sensors, a digital dash with a c hoice of t hree t hemes and power-adjust driver’s seat with memory.
The Sensus eight- speaker audio system includes a seveninch colour screen, bluetooth audio streaming, USB, AUX and full iPod connectivity.
The only t hing missing i s satellite navigation, which is a $1600 dealer-fit option.
We thought the test car was a diesel as it was so coarse. But it was actually the turbocharged, direct-injection 1.6-litre petrol engine.
With 240Nm of torque from a low 1600 revs and a flat torque curve right through to 5000rpm, it goes well enough.
And the six-speed Powershift dual clutch-style auto is a great match and personal favourite.
But the whole setup could do with some refinement.
Then there’s the noisy tyres. The noise inside the car grew considerably when we encountered a patch of coarse bitumen, courtesy of the Bridgestone Potenzas fitted to the 19-inch rims.
But don’t get the wrong impression. The Sprint is not all bad, with a decidedly sporty feel that is enhanced by delightfully direct steering.
Volvo c l ai ms a 7 per c e nt improvement in fuel consumption with the twin-clutch transmission, with ac l a i med 7. 4 litres/100km from the 67-litre tank. We were getting 7.9.
Like the car, especially the distinctive looks of the S60, but the noisy 1.6 wouldn’t be our first choice of engines. Three stars out of five.