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The Volvo V70 R Is A Cool Modern Classic You Can Own For Cheap


Volvo introduced the V70 R in 1997 to replace its hot-selling 850 R and 850 T-5R estates. Now sporting an all-wheel-drivetrain (unlike the front-wheel-drive orientation of the 850 R and 850 T-5R), Volvo concocted a more potent engine to seal the deal. The 20-valve 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder motor has a lower-restriction air intake to gulp more air. It also has two intercoolers, a more prominent KKK turbocharger, new camshafts with higher lift and longer-duration lobes, new pistons, and variable valve timing, said Car and Driver.

All told, the Volvo V70 R puts 300 horsepower at your disposal. More importantly, the revised five-cylinder mill offers 295 pound-feet of torque as low as 1,950 rpm. Power goes to all four wheels via a Haldex electrohydraulic all-wheel-drive system and a five-speed Geartronic automatic gearbox. The best part? The V70 R is available with a six-speed manual transmission.

There’s more: the V70 R has standard 18-inch performance wheels, driver-adjustable shock absorbers (developed in cooperation with Monroe and Öhlins) that adjust 500 times per second, anti-lock Brembo brakes, and traction control. Not only is the V70 more potent than the old 850 R, but it has the hardware to match its newfound strength. According to Motor Trend, a stock Volvo V70 R has a faster slalom speed than non-Z06 Chevy Corvettes and rushes from zero to 60 mph in 6.06 seconds. Meanwhile, the V70 R has a top speed of 155 mph (250 kph).

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