A few weeks back, I received a special invitation to fly out to Montauk via seaplane, from Volvo to test drive their newest 2017 S90. Having spent a weekend out west with Volvo last year to drive the S60 Inscription, I couldn’t wait to see what this vehicle had in store.
Let’s first talk about the seaplane. I am obsessed with planes, having made myself a promise that one day, I would take flying lessons. The idea of the ability to fly from place to place has always fascinated me, and a seaplane from NYC to Montauk roundtrip sounded like a complete dream; and it did not disappoint. Flying so low across Long Island was absolutely breathtaking. The homes, the oceans, the boats below were unreal. We touched down at the Montauk airport just thirty minutes after takeoff, and we were quickly escorted to Gurney’s Resort and Spa. Upon arrival, we were given an in depth presentation about the 2017 S90.
The all-new 2017 S90 is Volvo’s luxury 4-door, 5-seat flagship sedan. It takes cues from the success of the award-winning XC90 SUV, and raises the bar with stunning Scandinavian design, a gorgeous interior and a powerful four-cylinder Drive-E engine. Its the first car in the United States to offer semi-autonomous driving technology as standard.
I was beyond impress with the large Animal Detection, which can automatically stop the car to avoid a collision with large furry friends. Run-Off Road Mitigation can detect if the car is about to leave the road, and gently steer it to prevent this.
With having become so dependent on our smartphones, it is inevitable that they would somehow become integrated into our cars. Sensus Connect’s Apple CarPlay app allows you to pair an iPhone, via the car’s 9-inch Sensus Touchscreen center display, giving you control of the phone through the touchscreen, or by ‘Siri’ voice commands via the car’s audio system. Unlike other vehicles, Volvo does not take over the entire screen, so you can still access other functions while CarPlay is engaged.
Following the tutorial, it was time to hit some ironic East End spots in the flashy new Volvo. Our first stop on the tour was the Montauk Point Lighthouse. The lighthouse is located at the most eastern tip of long island, with breathtaking views of the ocean.
Our next stop was one of my favorite places, Wolffer Estate Vineyards. As you know, my family and I are out on the east end quite often, so it was such a treat be out there alone, driving one of the most luxurious vehicles in the world. Not to mention, lunching at this gorgeous vineyard with incredible views was so pleasant without the little ones in tow.
The S90 is Volvo’s second vehicle based on the all-new Scalable Product Architecture SPA and features:
- A beautifully sculpted exterior design with long wheelbase and luxury proportions
- Driver-oriented interior with a clear Scandinavian design in uence featuring naturalmaterials
- Volvo Sensus Infotainment technology with the large touchscreen and patented userinterface
- Semi-autonomous and driver assistance systems like Pilot Assist, Run-Off Mitigation andLarge Animal Detection
- Leading active and passive safety systems with optional air suspension
The last lag of our tour was driving through Sag Harbor, Southampton, and back out east, ending the day on the beach at Gurneys. The day was so surreal and I didn’t want it to end. When it was finally time to go, we were shuttled backed to the Montauk airport, to be whisked away back to NYC. My day was beyond and I am incredibly grateful for this unforgettable experience. Thank you Volvo!