lb-ft @ 1500 - 4000 rpm
hp @ 5500 rpm
(from Volvo Press
Release) The lights of Las Vegas reflect flawlessly in the
gleaming aluminum paint of the Heico Sportiv S80 T6 High Performance
Concept (HPC). Being shown for the first time in North America at
the 2007 Specialty Equipment Market Association tradeshow in Las
Vegas, NV, the S80 T6 HPC is a literal reflection of power,
sophistication and athleticism as can be seen in its unique 7-layer
"aluminum effect" body paint. But the S80 T6 HPC is more than just a
pretty face. It's a true example that a powerful luxury sedan can
also be sensitive to the environment.
"Heico Sportiv is honored to once again be working with Volvo Cars
to build the exciting S80 T6 HPC for this year's SEMA show," said
Holger Hedtke, President of Heico. The 2007 show marks the second
year Heico Sportiv has partnered with Volvo Cars to create a SEMA
concept. This year, Heico shows its mettle with the S80 T6 HPC and
the C30 Surf Pattern (see separate release). "The S80 T6 HPC is
really where we put all our efforts this year," continued Hedtke,
"It is our most advance concept to date and it's one that Heico is
extremely proud of."
But getting to Las Vegas wasn't easy. The project began as the
curtain fell on last year's SEMA show. Behind closed doors Heico
executives sat down to put to paper the 2007 concept. The result is
a Volvo S80 T6 that has been tuned to an amazing 350-horsepower
while running on bioethanol fuel.
When the S80 arrived at Heico's shop in Weiterstadt, Germany in
early 2007, Holger and his team knew they had their work cut out for
them. The S80 began life with a 3.2-liter inline-six engine and
front-wheel drive because production had yet to begin on the Volvo
S80 T6, which has standard all-wheel drive. A new T6 engine was
delivered from Sweden and work began in earnest.
The first order of
business was to make a significant increase in horsepower. The
standard Volvo T6 engine produces 281 horsepower, which is enough to
move the S80 with spirited ease. But this is a SEMA concept and a
significant bump in horsepower and torque were a necessity. Once the
engine was modified to run on E85 ethenol, Heico turned its
attention to maximizing power with high-performance engine software,
a new intercooler and a stainless steel racing exhaust system. The
end results were impressive: 350 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 405
lb.-ft. of torque between 1,500 and 4,000 rpm. The Heico S80 T6 HPC
is estimated to reach 62 mph in just 5.8 seconds.
But getting that power to the ground required extensive work. As the
standard S80 3.2 is a front-wheel-drive car it was determined that
to truly explore the vehicle's potential all-wheel drive was needed.
Enter Volvo's renowned Haldex All-Wheel-Drive system with Instant
Traction. The system continuously routes power to whichever wheel
has the most traction and Heico modified it with heartier gears to
handle the enormous amount of torque.
Stopping power is provided via a 6-piston braking system with custom
blue-painted calipers and high performance brake pads. Volvo's ABS
and electronic brake distribution systems are fully functioning.
Large 13.9-inch disc brakes reside in custom forged alloy wheels
measuring 9-inches wide and 20 inches in diameter. The specially
developed Volution X wheels are wrapped in aggressive 255/30R-20
The Heico S80 T6 HPC rides on a chassis that is 1.5 inches lower
than Volvo's set ride height and the sport-tuned suspension features
firmer springs and struts at all four corners. "We aimed to tune all
the components to achieve a dynamic yet harmonious ride. In other
words, a true sports car experience without losing the luxurious and
comfortable touch that is the hallmark of the Volvo S80," noted
Hedtke's comments about
the S80 T6 HPC's ride and handling translate directly to the
interior of the car. "It was important to communicate the intention
of this car as a true sports car, but one that is also luxurious and
comfortable," said Hedtke. Starting from the standard S80's
innovative center console, Heico's interior designers decided to
sweep the arc throughout the length of the interior, creating four
sport bucket seats. The heavily bolstered thrones are separated by
the console that is wrapped in stunning silver aluminum carbon
Paying homage to Volvo's use of blue in its logo, nearly every
surface that isn't aluminum is swathed in soft Mystic Blue leather,
including the headliner, instrument panel and door panels. The rear
seats have been completely redesigned to accommodate the center
console and the front seats have thicker side and thigh bolsters.
Fully integrated controls for the rear seat entertainment system,
cup holders and storage bins are all found beneath the gleaming
aluminum "floating" center console. Interior trim panels and accents
are bathed in silver carbon.
The S80 T6 HPC driver will find a thick, comfortable sport steering
wheel with which to unleash the vehicle's power. The sport pedals
foot rest and door pins are all formed from billet aluminum. The
crowing touch is the Mystic Blue glowing door-sill panels.
Refined, elegant and
stylish are all words that have been used to describe the Volvo S80.
With Heico's attention to the car's exterior, words such as
powerful, imposing and dominance may also be uttered when the car
makes its North American debut at SEMA.
"Our goal was to take Volvo's elegant design for the S80 and make it
really stand out at this year's show, said Hedtke, "That's not an
easy thing to do in Las Vegas, but everyone who sees the car agrees
that it's truly striking."
What first leaps to the viewer's attention is the striking "metal
effect" paint scheme. Seven coats were applied over a two-week
period and the process allows for no re-shoots or touch-ups making
the Heico S80 T6 HPC truly inspiring. "We're hoping that those in
attendance at the SEMA show will drop by the Volvo booth to take a
look at this car," commented Hedtke. "Since there are so many custom
paint jobs done by truly talented artists from around the world
represented in Las Vegas, we feel the S80 T6 HPC will be truly
Nearly every panel of the Heico S80 T6 HPC was re-fabricated. The
S80's front clip was replaced with a more aggressive nose that
incorporates ultra-slim LED turn-signal indicators, a deeper front
air dam and wide intake tunnels for improved airflow into the
intercooler and brakes.
The new soft nose seamlessly blends into the aggressive wheel arches
that hug tightly around the custom 20-inch wheels and tires. Deep
side sills beneath the doors lend to the aggressive stance of the
vehicle and assist in aerodynamics. A completely new rear bumper cap
features slender rectangular exhaust ports and carbon fiber inserts.
Heico Sportiv was
founded outside of Frankfurt, Germany in 1995. It has grown to
become Europe's leading Volvo tuning firm. Heico has the longest
running history of endurance racing featuring Volvo cars spanning 13
years. This serves as the engineering basis for offering
high-quality components for Volvo road cars. Please refer to
www.heicosportivna.com for more information.