The Swedeheart: My Love Affair with the 2012 Volvo S60 T6 AWD
Ah, the 2012 Volvo S60 T6 AWD – the unassuming Swede that's been the loyal companion on my daily drives. You may be asking, "Why a Volvo? Why not something with a little more pizzazz, like a BMW 335i?" Well, dear reader, let me regale you with the tale of my love affair with this Scandinavian gem, and why I think it's a criminally underrated sleeper.
Picture this: a sleek, curvy exterior with a touch of elegance, paired with an interior that's as comfortable as a warm embrace from a Swedish supermodel. That's my Volvo S60 T6 AWD. It's the automotive equivalent of a well-tailored suit – stylish without being ostentatious.
Now, let's talk about the heart of this Scandinavian beauty: a 3.0-liter inline-six engine with a twin-scroll turbocharger. It's like Thor himself imbued this engine with the power of a thousand Nordic gods. It's got enough horsepower to hold its own against the likes of the BMW 335i, but with an unassuming demeanor that lets it fly under the radar. Talk about a wolf in sheep's clothing!
But alas, nothing in life is perfect, and my beloved Volvo is no exception. If only it had a more readily available aftermarket, akin to that of the BMW 335i. Oh, the possibilities! However, I've managed to give my S60 T6 AWD a few performance enhancements of its own. She's currently lowered on H&R springs, flaunting Power Stop brakes, a custom cat-back exhaust, and a K&N filter. While it might not have the aftermarket scene of its Bavarian brethren, my trusty Swede still knows how to pack a punch.
As I traverse the concrete jungle in my Volvo, I can't help but feel a sense of understated pride. It's as if I'm part of an exclusive club of sleeper car aficionados who appreciate the subtle prowess of this Swedish masterpiece. Sure, I could have chosen a more popular German counterpart, but where's the fun in that? Life's too short to follow the crowd, my friends.
So, if you're seeking an elegant daily driver with a hidden wild side, look no further than the 2012 Volvo S60 T6 AWD. It may not be the flashiest car on the block, but it's a Swedeheart that'll steal your heart, one turbocharged mile at a time.
If you want to hear what my little rocket ship sounds like, check out my youtube video here:
While you're at it, a ROKR Film. Here you I discuss the importance of Volvo in Motorsports. Also showcases my second, but also first, car I've ever owned.