By Ted Orme
What’s the first thing you think of with Volvo? Safety, of course. In fact, the company’s stated goal is to eliminate driving-related fatalities by the end of the decade. So it’s no surprise that the 2015 Volvo S60 T6 Drive-E with Platinum package I recently tested is packed with a complete suite of advanced safety technology – collision and pedestrian/cyclist warning, adaptive cruise control, distance warning, automatic brakes, lane keeping, blind spot warning, cross traffic alert, etc, etc.
But the big surprise is under the hood. There operates one of the sweetest mass-produced four-cylinder engines I have ever driven. The new cutting-edge 2.0-liter T6 Drive-E engine features turbocharging and supercharging that produce 302 horsepower at 5,700 rpm, and 295 lb-ft of torque at 1,800-5,500 rpm.
As Volvo explains, “Using the supercharger to fill in the bottom end gives the engine a big, naturally aspirated feel. The mechanically linked compressor starts to function immediately at low revs, while the turbocharger kicks in when the airflow builds up.” In other words, boost whenever you need it.