World Touring Car powerhouse Cyan Racing has revealed their Volvo P1800 Cyan, an absolutely gorgeous interpretation of the classic Swedish sportscar that has some pretty impressive specs. Under the long hood is a two-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine is based on the same engine as used in their world title-winning Volvo S60 TC1 race car, producing 420 horsepower and has a redline of 7700 RPM. Its gearbox is a 5-speed manual unit produced by Holinger, which is connected to a limited slip differential that sends power to the rear wheels to make the most of all this power.
We take the new small Volvo CUV for a cruise – the cabin is a really nice place to be.
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The words “Sweden” and “turbo” are generally associated with Saab when used in the same sentence. However, Volvo jumped on the ever-crowded forced-induction bandwagon in 1981 when it introduced a turbocharged version of the 240 that offered motorists 155 horses under the skinny pedal. The sedan was capable of sprinting to 62 mph from a stop in nine seconds flat, and it reached a top speed of 121 mph. Those figures were impressive in the early 1980s; in fact, the 245 Turbo earned the honor of being the fastest station wagon on the planet.
This week we’ve got the keys to the Volvo V60 Polestar. That last word in the title is a pivotal one – unlike the “Polestar Optimized” trim, this one get the full-blooded performance treatment. Think of Polestar as Volvo’s answer to BMW’s M or Mercedes-Benz’s AMG – a special group of engineers goes through the car from top to bottom in the interest of bolstering performance throughout the car and adds a dose of visual presence to fit the car’s new purpose. With only 60 examples of the V60 Polestar earmarked for the US in 2015, it’s not a car you’re likely to see on the road very often, but it is one that may foretell the potential for future Volvo products.
After more than three years of development, Volvo has finally unveiled the next generation of the XC90. More than just a simple makeover of the SUV, the XC90 is the culmination of an 11 billion dollar overall investment in new product research and development for Volvo from its parent company Geely, and is the first all-new vehicle Volvo has developed since severing its ties with Ford. Moreover, the XC90 features Volvo’s new line of technologically advanced drivetrains, the company’s new modular Scalable Product Architecture platform, and a look at the automaker’s latest design language in a finalized production form.
This week we’re taking a look at Volvo’s hot selling sporty crossover, which gets an updated powertrain lineup for 2015 to go along with last year’s visual refresh. That powertrain update brings the company’s new Drive-E engine family into the fold, which has a few interesting tricks up its sleeve.
The current popular line of thinking dictates that soon, and in a fairly sudden paradigm shift, driveless cars will be among us, carting us from place to place with little or no input from the driver, a la the Google car. The reality of driveless car technology is that most of its implementation will likely be rolled out gradually through embedded features on your everyday vehicle which will provide different aspects of driving assistance. You might not realize it, but some of the fledgling steps of this technology can probably already be found in your current daily driver.
After an 11 billion dollar investment by parent company Geely, Volvo can now proudly proclaim technological independence from all previous collaborations with other manufactures. The latest offspring from this multi-year investment is a pair of motors in new Drive-E line of powertrains, now labeled as the T5 and the T6. These four cylinder engines have been engineered with the express purpose of delivering maximum efficiency with minimal displacement. Not long after our stint in Las Vegas for the BMW M235i and 435i convertible, we headed back to Sin City to test out these new advanced powerplants in the 2015 V60 sportwagon and S60 sedan.
Volvo has introduced a new engine family called Drive-E with two offerings, one of which is both turbocharged and supercharged. The Drive-E powertrains are part of a larger overarching program to build more environmentally friendly vehicles without sacrificing performance.
Calling it “frankly insane” and claiming “I don’t know what it does for AMG to get flogged by a V8 Commodore week after week, but it’s their brand, their issue. And the same thing will happen to Volvo to be honest,” Jaguar Land Rover’s Managing Director of the Asia Pacific region, David Blackhall, shot down all speculation that the Indo-British brand would be joining Ford, Holden, Mercedes-Benz AMG, Nissan, and Volvo in the Australian V8 Supercars series.
Australia’s V8 Supercar series has traditionally been a two-horse race, with Ford and GM’s Australian subsidiary, Holden, duking it out on the tracks of Oz. The 2013 season has seen the arrival of Nissan and Mercedes-Benz, although the ranks of the series are still dominated by Fords and Holdens. Next season, a fifth manufacturer will take to tracks like Bathurst, Sandown, and Circuit of the Americas—Volvo.
It’s not just for Formula 1 racing anymore. Volvo has tested Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) flywheel technology that not only boosts propulsion, but also allows for fuel savings of up to 20 percent. Volvo believes this technology has potential for consumer cars on public roads.
It’s an old school Friday at Winding Road, and Multimedia Editor Amos put together a video of a classic hot sedan from… Volvo? Yes, the respectable, tame, conservative, safe Swedish brand actually has quite a bit of history when it comes to performance. In particular, it’s R models were highly sought after for their restrained aesthetics and potent, turbocharged engines.
Volvo, that company of safety minded Swedes and maker of cars for your professor, clergyman, and other banal and humdrum people in your life has gone absolutely mad. Why, you ask? Because Polestar, Volvo’s tuning division, has taken the comfortable and stylish S60 and stuffed 508 horsepower under its hood. There’s also 424 pound-feet of torque. The result is the S60 Polestar Concept.