Bowers & Wilkins audio system for the all-new Volvo S90

Bowers & Wilkins collaborates with Volvo on the audio system for the all-new S90, a luxurious entrant to the executive sedan arena. The Bowers & Wilkins Audio System features tweeter-on-top technology for pristine audio performance.

Following the success of 2015’s XC90 collaboration, Volvo has once again partnered with Bowers & Wilkins to provide the in-car audio for the new S90 premium sedan. This new executive car marks a big leap forward for an automotive brand best known for its luxury estates, and Volvo is keen that it delivers an in-car entertainment system to match.

The Bowers & Wilkins Audio System is uniquely tuned to the S90’s interior audio signature, and features a number of core Bowers & Wilkins technologies including the innovative tweeter-on-top design. Physically separating a tweeter from the confines of a speaker cabinet delivers clearer, purer treble, particularly vital for vocals. In the Volvo S90, the dashboard-mounted centre tweeter ensures absolute voice clarity. All the tweeters use technology derived from Bowers & Wilkins iconic Nautilus™ speakers – spiralling diffusion channels on the rear of the speakers soak up reflected sound, reducing resonance.

“With tweeter-on-top technology, more of the signal reaches the listener directly from the tweeter. So the S90 system sounds incredibly tangible and lifelike,” said Stuart Nevill, Bowers & Wilkins Head of Engineering.

Of course, sound is about far more than just the high notes. The speakers include Bowers & Wilkins signature yellow Kevlar® 100mm midrange drivers, visible but protected by a grille designed for optimum acoustic openness. The Volvo S90 features a total of 19 speakers driven by a highly efficient Class D amplifier for a total of 1,400 Watts power. Each speaker is precisely placed and tuned to match the interior acoustics of the car.

The innovative S90 also features a luxurious interior, and the Bowers & Wilkins Audio System fits in perfectly, with finely etched grilles and discreet – but acoustically advantageous – speaker placement.

The result of this innovative audio engineering: a highly luxurious car with a top-class audio system.

Bowers & Wilkins Audio System for Volvo S90 specification

19 loudspeakers:

4 x 25mm Nautilus tweeters (front & rear doors)

2 x 100mm Kevlar cone midranges (front doors)

2 x 80mm Kevlar cone midranges (rear doors)

4 x 170mm long throw woofers (front & rear doors)

1 x two-way 100mm midrange/ 25mm tweeter units (dashboard)

2 x two-way 80mm midrange/ 25mm tweeter units (rear roof panel)


12-channel Class D amplifier

Quantum Logic® DSP with signal extraction, reverb extraction and spatial filtering
7.1 playback from mono, stereo and/or multichannel input