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Volvo S60 (P2)

2001-2009 Volvo S60 - P2 Platform - T5, 2.4T, 2.5T, AWD, R

With Volvo's new S80 flagship luxury sedan debuting the advanced P2 platform, Volvo next turned their attention to replacing the P80-based S70 and V70 midsize cars in their lineup. In traditional Volvo fashion, the first midsize P2 on the scene was the V70 and V70XC wagons, but shortly thereafter came the sportier S60 sedan.

The new P2 platform brought a new approach to on-board computers and diagnostics in cars: on these new "networked" cars, the Engine Control Module (ECM) would be just one of several different computer modules in the car, all communicating with each other over a high-speed CAN-BUS data network.

On these network cars, advanced safety systems like the S60's DSTC traction and stability control become possible: the DSTC module monitors inputs from wheel speed sensors and chassis accelerometers, and if a loss of grip is sensed, the DSTC module issues commands to the Brake Control Module to individually brake spinning wheels, and to the Engine Control Module to back off the power until grip is restored.

Advanced computer control came to the powertrain on P2 S60s as well, via the new AWD system developed by fellow Swedish company Haldex Traction. On AWD S60s, the wheel speed sensors can not only detect wheel lock-up under heavy braking, but also wheel slip under heavy acceleration, sending a signal to the Haldex controller in the rear of the car to engage the rear wheels when the front wheels lose traction.

In the USA, the S60 was powered exclusively by "white block" inline five engines, with a range of naturally aspirated, light pressure turbo "2.4T" & "2.5T", and high pressure "T5" turbo models, backed by either 5-speed AW50/55 automatic or 5-speed M56 manual transmissions.

In 2004, a new high-performance S60R model debuted, featuring standard AWD, special interior and exterior trim, a 300hp version of the turbo five cylinder, and the Four-C active chassis system, using the car's network to tie together different active suspension, DSTC, and throttle-by-wire settings.

4C-equipped S60Rs individually stiffen the shocks at each corner in response to bumps in the road, chassis movement, and acceleration/deceleration squat and dive. Stiffness is further adjustable with a selectable Comfort, Sport, and Advanced mode, with Advanced mode also advancing intake valve timing and sharpening throttle response. Aso unique to Rs was a DSTC "reduced" mode, which allowed for some slip before the computer intervened.

The R's M66 6-speed manual eventually made its way in to other T5 P2s, though we've found that these later, 6-speed manual T5s are almost as difficult to find as manual Rs. In 2006, the 5-speed automatic in P2 Rs was replaced by a 6-speed TF-80 automatic, which was able to handle the R engine's full 300lb-ft of torque (the earlier AW50/55 had to be limited to 258lb-ft to protect 1st and 2nd gears).

R models were produced through 2007, and other S60 models continued until 2009. Arriving in mid 2010 as a 2011 model year was the S60's next-generation replacement, riding on the new P3 platform co-developed with new corporate owners Ford.

  • First generation S60
  • Four door sedan based on the Volvo P2 platform
  • Sold in the USA from 2001 through 2009 model year
  • USA models were available with an inline 5 cylinder gasoline engine with normally aspirated or turbocharged variants
  • USA models were available in FWD or AWD and manual or automatic transmissions
  • The S60 could be considered the evolution of the S70

2001-2006 Volvo S60 2.4 (Base Model - Non-Turbo)

  • USA models were equipped with a 2.4L normally aspirated inline 5 cylinder gasoline engine (B5244S)
  • USA models were all FWD and could have a 5 speed automatic or 5 speed manual transmission
  • Non-turbo models are pretty rare in the USA
  • Denso engine management

2001-2003 Volvo S60 2.4T / S60 S.4T AWD

  • USA models were equipped with light pressure turbocharged gasoline engines
  • USA models were equipped with a 2.4L engine (B5244T3)
  • Bosch Motronic 7 engine management
  • USA models were available only with an automatic transmission but could be FWD or AWD
  • Good "city car" with good low end (off the line) acceleration

2004-2009 Volvo S60 2.5T / S60 2.5T AWD

  • USA models were equipped with light pressure turbocharged gasoline engines
  • USA models were equipped with a 2.5L engine (B5254T2)
  • Bosch Motronic 7 engine management
  • USA models were available only with an automatic transmission but could be FWD or Haldex AWD
  • Good "city car" with good low end (off the line) acceleration

2001-2009 Volvo S60 T5

  • USA models were equipped with high pressure turbocharged inline 5 cylinder gasoline engines
  • 2001-2004 USA models were equipped with a 2.3L engine (B5234T3)
  • 2005-2009 USA models were equipped with a 2.4L engine (B5244T5) which shared components with "R" model engines
  • Bosch Motronic 7 engine management
  • USA models were only available with FWD but could have a manual or automatic transmission
  • 2001-2004 manual transmissions were 5 speed
  • 2005-2009 manual transmissions were 6 speed
  • Automatic transmissions were all a 5 speed variation of the AW55-5x SN
  • There appear to have been fewer T5 models sold in the USA from 2005 through 2007 than previous model years, possibly to avoid competition with R models

2004-2007 Volvo S60 R

  • Fully loaded high performance model
  • All USA models were equipped with a 2.5L high pressure turbocharged gasoline inline 5 cylinder engine (B5254T4)
  • Bosch Motronic 7 engine management
  • All USA R models have Haldex AWD
  • 2004-2007 manual transmission models had a 6 speed gearbox (M66)
  • 2004-2005 automatic transmission models had a 5 speed Aisin-Warner AW55-5x SN, with a 258lb-ft torque limit in 1st and 2nd gears
  • 2006-2007 automatic transmission models had a 6 speed Aisin-Warner TF80SC
  • While these models look similar to other S60 models, the interior and exterior trim is completely different
  • S60 R models were equipped with the FOUR-C active suspension system

Model information is based on the USA vehicle market. Other model variations may exist outside the USA.

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