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.
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.