Like all other engines which power the 90 series, it’s a 1969cc unit, boosted via turbocharging to produce 258lb ft. It’s the most powerful non-hybrid in the range of each car, and is made of aluminium and lightweight aluminium alloy.
In the S90, Volvo claims the engine will return 42.8mpg and 154g/km CO2 – 14g/km down on the 2.0-litre Ingenium petrol-engined Jaguar XF, despite having the same power output and 11lb ft less torque.
The new derivative is only available in high-spec R-Design and Inscription specs, and starts from £41,120. Top speed is 140mph, and 0-62mph passes in 6.8sec – 0.5sec and 12mph slower than the similarly engined Jaguar XF. Deliveries start imminently and orders are already open.