Mondeo chassis mods designed to deliver Swedish firm's best-handling car yet
10 March 2010

Volvo has re-engineered the Ford Mondeo/Volvo S80 platform that underpins the new S60 to deliver its target of the best-handling saloon the firm has ever made.

The S80’s Control Blade rear suspension is carried over, but is now aluminium to reduce weight for better ride and handling. "The geometry is the same, but it's much lighter," said product boss Hans Nilsson.

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The S60's new steering column is made from stiffer steel to provide more precise steering. The S60 gets stiffer bushings than the S80/Mondeo and redesigned front struts that resist cornering forces better.

Another important detail is the switch to alloy brake calipers, which cut unsprung weight for dynamic improvements.

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10 March 2010

Are the wheelbase lengths on this, the Mondeo and S80 all the same?

10 March 2010

Its ironic that Volvo, hardly renowned for sharp handling, should find it necessary to improve a Ford chassis. Perhaps Ford will do the same for the next Mondeo.

10 March 2010

[quote noluddite]Its ironic that Volvo, hardly renowned for sharp handling, should find it necessary to improve a Ford chassis. Perhaps Ford will do the same for the next Mondeo.[/quote]

I thought Ford used Volvo's chassis, engines, technology?

And does anyone know if the S60 will spell the end of the S40? Or is it due to be replaced? Just wondered with them facelifting the C30/C70 why they didnt bother with the S40

10 March 2010

Wondering if Volvo have (if they haven't already) plans to update the C70, which I assume sits on a similar platform, with the same modifications. Really, if they wanted to boost their sporty image, then they should surely have started with the 'sportiest' car in the range!

10 March 2010

[quote MattDoc30]Wondering if Volvo have (if they haven't already) plans to update the C70, which I assume sits on a similar platform,[/quote] C70 actually sits on the Focus platform - same as the s40 and v50 (and the cut-down c30). The c70 has been facelifted, but I've not seen much detail in anything beyond cosmetic. Then again, since when was a hard top convertible sporty? It always concerns me when Volvo state that something is going to be "dynamic", it alway means it'll ride appallingly badly. The first S60 R rode so badly the Ford boss had borrowed one and then immediately sent some of his best engineers over to try sort it out.

10 March 2010

[quote Sam_notts] I thought Ford used Volvo's chassis, engines, technology?[/quote]

Ford use Volvo's P2 platform to underpin a lot of their US big car range, such as Lincolns and other big Fords. Volvo's 2.5 litre turbocharged petrol is used in a lot of their performance models, such as the Focus ST and RS, as well as top models in the Mondeo and Galaxy/S-Max range. Their 3.2 litre straight six is also used in the current Freelander from what I remember.

[quote Sam_notts]And does anyone know if the S60 will spell the end of the S40?[/quote]

It probably will replace it alright, as part of the present re-alignment of their product range.

10 March 2010

Doesn't tweak just mean fix a problem or copy someone elses idea?, like useing aluminium is going to be the complete answer!

Peter Cavellini.

10 March 2010

[quote Peter Cavellini]aluminium is going to be the complete answer![/quote] Reducing unsprung mass is very important in setting up decent suspension - it allows the car to react more quickly to changes in the surface as the wheel and suspension components carry less momentum. However, Volvo's biggest problem to date is still that they have not got their damper/spring rates right on many of their current cars (c30, s40, v50 are ok, xc60 is apparently very decent)

10 March 2010

I have driven a pre-production S60 a few weeks ago and even then the ride is quite good, much better than the Audi A4.The S60 steering is an inprovement but no match to the 3-Series.

10 March 2010

[quote mr.p]

I have driven a pre-production S60 a few weeks ago and even then the ride is quite good, much better than the Audi A4.The S60 steering is an inprovement but no match to the 3-Series.

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I saw three of these new S60's on Swedish plates last week and they looked stunning. Being tested on UK roads so we get a specific set up maybe? Hope so.

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