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Ok this settles it! I am going to have to seriously consider getting the new S40 as my next car.

As I have been looking into this car I have been surfing some of the European boards.

All I can say is we Americans are so rude to each other.

You should hear (read) how polite they are even when they disagree with each other….


I do say old chap, I do think you are mistaken when you say that your S40 was able to out accelerate a BMW M3. Even given the mods you have made, the S40 is no match.



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Blue, is it coming out in fall fo sho?

We currently own an s40 and the chassis is a little eh, especially when compared to the focus. But the T4 powerplant is a thing of beauty. THe next gen s40 is on c1 chassis, so it'll prolly outhandle my baby. ANd it's getting a T5 possibly. Dad's almost positively buying a new one, as long as it doesn't suck balls.
 

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Wait... This package includes airfare and hotel accomadations along with the delivery of your S40? When you leave for the States does the car come with you? Is it the Euro spec S40 or the US?

How much?
 

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The new S40 (and V50) will be based on the C1 platform...same as the next Focus and upcoming Mazda3. It will be a very capable chassis.

From what I'm hearing the US version will get a turbo 5 cylinder and in T5 trim will put out 220HP. The car will also be available with AWD.

The S40 drops in the Spring with the V50 (wagon) aprx. a year later.

This will be one to watch. Also, the fact that we will have 3 different cars sharing the same platform will bode well for the aftermarket.
 

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The info I have gathered so far is that it is to have the T5 which will put out 220 bhp.

The 4 wheel drive version is likely to be the "R" version of the S40 and may also include a bump in bhp.

The pricing thus far has been around 24,000 to start. If current Volvo standards are any indication of what is to be offered, the S40 will be nicely appointed at that price.

The European delivery program allow several options. You take delivery of your actual car while in Europe and are able to drive it around. It is then shipped to the states where you pick it up.
 

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The all-new Volvo S40: Innovative interior with large-car feel

• Crisp, fast lines
• Revolutionary interior design based on several layers
• Innovative upholstery inspired by sportswear accessories
• Shorter, but wider and taller than its predecessor
• Short bonnet and marked cab-forward design
• Boat profile creates a compact and athletic impression
“Ready for take-off! The new Volvo S40 is designed to express power and performance!”
These are the words of Henrik Otto, Volvo Car’s Design Director. He emphasises the crisp, sporty lines of Volvo’s new medium-size car. It is a compact four-door sedan with a dynamic design and premium-car feel. 
Henrik Otto and his team obtained their inspiration from classic Scandinavian design with its clean shapes and open surfaces, airiness and intimate interplay between form and function.

Exterior evolution – interior revolution
The exterior is an evolution of Volvo Car’s modern body design, while the interior is something of a revolution. Minimalism maximises the large-car impression despite the compact exterior dimensions.
The interior is built up of several visual layers. The first layer shows as an edge trimming around the entire interior, along the side windows and the windscreen. The impression is of being safely ensconced in a cocoon.
The next layer is the instrument panel. It has a clean, uncluttered layout, with air vents and other details positioned as islands in an otherwise free area. The instrument panel has a new type of surface, a texture conveying a feel of cutting-edge technical innovation rather than classic leather-trimmed furniture. This special surface texture separates the instrument panel visually from the cabin’s outer edge trim.
The main instrument features two round gauges, surrounded by contrasting metal bezels. This design gives a sporty and three-dimensional vision.

Elegant and spacious
The most distinctive new feature in the passenger compartment is the unique, super-slim free-floating centre stack that elegantly links together the tunnel console with the instrument panel. The centre stack constitutes the interior’s topmost layer. It is further described in a separate press release.
There is another console in the roof, echoing the centre stack and continuing the theme of the car’s central nerve system.

T-Tec upholstery
The interior is available in a choice of three shades: dark grey, lava grey and dark beige. Each interior colour is available together with a range of matching upholstery colours.
Leather is one of four upholstery alternatives. The most innovative upholstery is Dala, a ribbed textile with T-Tec elements and visible light-coloured seams.
T-Tec is a material specially developed for Volvo Cars and inspired by sportswear and modern travel accessories. The contrast between T-Tec and textile – along with seams in a different but matching colour – reinforces the car’s dynamic appeal.

Fold-down backrests
The cab-forward design, the long wheelbase and Volvo’s architecture of transverse engine installation combine to give the new Volvo S40 a spacious cabin.
The cabin can be rearranged in the same flexible manner as in the larger Volvo models. The rear seat splits into two sections and the backrests fold down. The front passenger seat can also be specified in a version with a fold-flat backrest. With the seats folded down, the load floor is entirely flat.

A comet on the move
The new Volvo S40 is shorter, but at the same time wider and taller, than its predecessor, creating more interior space. The bonnet is short and there is a pronounced cab-forward profile. This eager stance, as though the car is constantly urging ahead, creates a sensation of speed even when at a standstill and at the same time creates additional space for a long passenger cabin and generous rear-seat legroom.
“Anyone looking at the Volvo S40 from the side gets the impression of a comet on the move. The gently rounded nose, the sweeping lines and the abrupt tail generate a vibrant sensation of speed,” comments Henrik Otto.
The track and wheelbase have been extended, virtually putting a wheel at each corner. This contributes to the sporty appearance and gives the car stable on-the-road behaviour. The long wheelbase also makes it possible to fit conveniently wide rear doors.

Boat shape
Viewed from above, the body resembles the shape of a boat hull, with a rounded prow, a broad midship section and a narrowing stern. Together with the broad shoulders, this hull shape forges a compact and athletic impression, and it also contributes to the car’s excellent aerodynamics. 
The doors of the Volvo S40 are convex in profile, unlike the concave shape of the doors on the larger Volvo models. This convex curvature reinforces the compact appearance and enhances the cabin’s width.
The windscreen wipers are of an entirely new type, concealed under the trailing edge of the bonnet. There are turn indicator repeaters integrated into the door mirrors, easily visible from the sides.
In order to further emphasise the sporty nature of the Volvo S40, the car can be equipped with a design package consisting of more pronounced sill mouldings and spoilers. 
A number of newly designed aluminium wheels are available on the options list. The sportiest wheels are 18 inches in diameter and are shod with ultra-low profile 215/45 tyres.

Exterior Sport Styling
The all-new Volvo S40 will also be available with an Exterior Sport Styling concept – special styling accessories that further accentuates the sedan model’s sporting prowess and dynamic image. 
The Exterior Sport Styling concept includes spoilers front and rear, side-skirts and a bootlid spoiler – all painted the same colour as the rest of the body.  A lowering kit, that reduces the height of the car with 20 mm, and contributes to the driving experience, is also included.

Genuine Volvo identity
The new Volvo S40 has a profile of its own – yet maintains a clear Volvo identity.
The grille with its familiar diagonal has a horizontal mesh pattern in a dark-grey metallic colour, echoing the Volvo S60 and S80. The bonnet has the traditional V-shape. The body’s contour lines – the classic Volvo “shoulders” along either side of the body – are also inherited from the rest of the Volvo family.
Those broad shoulders are a modern Volvo feature that signal power and safety. From the rear, the distinctive tail lamps show with the utmost clarity that what lies ahead is a Volvo.

A brief comparison
The new Volvo S40 is shorter than its predecessor, but it is larger in every other respect:
Length 4468 mm (48 mm shorter than the previous S40 model)
Width 1770 mm (54 mm wider) 
Height 1452 mm (44 mm taller)
Wheelbase 2640 mm (78 mm longer)
Track front 1535 mm (63 mm wider)
Track rear 1531 mm (57 mm wider)
 

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god i'm really loving these models derived off the new focus platform, despite the no new focus in sight. Blue, what are some of the european boards you've been on? I'm hankering to play with the old s40 in our garage.
 

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It's Official, These Are Actual Photos of The New S40
Leaked A Few Weeks Early Of The Official Release Date.






 

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Don't Know what happened to those links? Guess they got shut down.

Found other photo's and thought I'd put them up.





 

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The S40 will be sold side-by-side with the outgoing version for part of next year. That's because production of the old model has to continue into the middle of 2004 due to a deal struck between Volvo and Mitsubishi. The Japanese firm is involved because its Carisma is built on the same platform as the S40, and both cars are produced at the same Dutch factory.

After most variants of the new S40 have been launched, Volvo will concentrate on an S40-based sports estate, to be called the V50. And as a four-wheel-drive version of the S40 will be on sale in Europe, but not the UK, it is likely that a baby SUV to sit alongside the XC90 will appear later.

What's more, a 300bhp (
) R-badged S40 is due to launch in 2005.

I guess I can drive the Focus till then
 
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