Volvo says their brand new S90 was developed for those “who enjoy driving as much as they enjoy being driven.” For the said model, this Swedish car manufacturer seems to have outdone itself, creating a car that runs on an engine that is powered by air, sort of.
The S90 is a luxury sedan that was recently awarded the Production Car of the Year 2015. The jury who made this determination were composed of true car professionals, top car designers from the likes of Ferrari, McLaren, Bentley and Daimler. For this car, Volvo Car Group Senior Vice President for Design Thomas Ingenlath says the company only used high-end materials while utilizing classic proportions and controlled surfacing. “We don’t want to fit in, we want to stand out, ” he proclaimed.
On the power unit side, Volvo also went ahead kicked things up a notch with the S90 while also addressing the issue that is the turbo lag. The solution is the D5 4-cylinder turbodiesel engine that comes with an electric compressor, tank and valve. This entire system is known as the “PowerPulse.”
According to a report from Jalopnik, the PowerPulse system works by having the compressor draw clean air from the airbox. It then stores it in a two-liter tank. The moment the driver steps on the pedal, the valve would open and send high pressure air from the tank into the exhaust steam, which then sends air charging into the car’s cylinders.
Meanwhile, the car is also designed to encourage semi-autonomous driving. In fact, the S90 will assist the driver in acceleration, deceleration, steering and braking up to 80 mph. Other onboard features include the Active High, City Safety technology, Pilot Assist, Park Assist and even, Large Animal Detection.
According to Top Gear, the price for the S90 starts at £32,555. Fortune reports the S90 will go on sale in August and will be available in two models: the 316-hp four-cylinder, supercharged and turbocharged T6. Prices are estimated at $55,000 for the T6 and the 400-hp plug-in hybrid at around $70,000.