• Feb 6, 2007
When Volvo releases their new V70 sedan and wagon, customers won't get the choice of a hotted-up version sporting an 'R' on the boot lid. Volvo decided that the T6 provides adequate thrust for the Swedish saloon and, contrary to rumors, won't be equipping the V70 with the Yamaha-developed 325 HP V8, found in the XC90.

However, since Volvo normally limits its R-badged offerings to two, the lack of a V70R and the discontinuation of the S60R will allow other vehicles to benefit from some of the power and handling tweaks associated with the moniker.

The first on the list is a C30R, likely equipped with all-wheel-drive and 250 HP, so it can bring the pain to the A3s and GTIs that populate that hot hatch segment. The second offering may be an S40R, whose engine bay was specifically designed to fit the 281 HP, T6 engine.

The last possibility is a S80R, which may come equipped with a 4.4-liter V8, however the transmission currently available might not be up to the task of handling close to 400 HP.

One dark spot in the Autocar article is the idea that the R badge may be nixed altogether. We doubt it, but time will tell.

[Source: Autocar]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Ooo... a C30R or S40R might actually be affordable, too.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The S60R was a horrible drive when I was test driving cars. It felt so disconnected and turning that beast was a task. I test drove/bought an new A4 and it destroyed that more expensive car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's a bad comment. I've very anti-ford after a lemoned Focus SVT that spent more time at the service shop then I did driving it. Obviously all cars have lemons, but I went thought way too much crap with that company to get it lemoned to leave a bad taste in your mouth for years.

      I don't attribute ford to making the car 20k cheap. I made my statement that the steering, ride quality and disconnected feeling make the car 20k cheaper. Just being associated with Ford in my personal already tainted opinnion lowers it in my view just as a company Volvo.
      • 7 Years Ago
      So they're getting 281 horsepower out of a turbocharged 3.2? Sounds like someone needs a higher capacity transmission. Clearly that engine is capable of R-worthy power, if only they had a way to reliably get it to the wheels.

      As much as my personal priority is handling, I can see why they might not want to do an R that's just seats, body kit, suspension, and rims. They'd catch a lot of flack. But then an S80R won't make sense, either.

      My review of the current S60R:

      http://www.epinions.com/content_108499537540

      My fear is that Volvo, like Jaguar, is adrift without a clear view of how to succeed in the future. They certainly weren't swinging for the fences with the new S80:

      http://www.epinions.com/content_298900622980
      • 7 Years Ago
      Bummer. The current V70R is definitely the ultimate sleeper...who expects to get smoked by a Volvo wagon? However, the idea of an AWD C30R or S40R sounds pretty nice.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I have done both. It's not fun to drive at all and it's ride/steering feel like a car that is $20k cheaper. But, what can you expect from a product half owned by ford.
      • 7 Years Ago
      From the figures I've read, the S60R generates somewhat better performance figures than the A4 2.0T, it just doesn't feel as good doing it.

      That said, the A4 is itself a boat compared to the 325i and G35. Too much understeer, too little steering effort, too much elastic in the shifter and clutch.

      I've always loved the idea of owning a V70R. Looks like I'll be hitting the used market if I ever decide to do so. The "R" badge and specialized performance lineup may seem at odds with Volvo's image, but the company's turbocharged offerings were always among the fastest cars in their class in the '80s and '90s. To me, good grunt is essential to the brand's appeal.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I am guessing Keith only drove the Automatic S60R that has less hp/torque.

      I have driven the S60R, the V70R and several A4s. You just can't compare the R line Volvos to the A4. They are not in the same league. Just set the S60R to advanced chassis mode and turn of the traction/stablity control.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Keith, my S60R would demolish your A4 without even pushing it. In fact, my R made my APR chipped TT 225 feel slow.

      If I have any complaint about the R's steering, compared with rivals from BMW and Audi, I'd actually say that its too LIGHT. The real problem with turning the R is its battleship sized turning radius but this doesn't really impact the driver anywhere but in a parking lot. As for handling, my R took 1st place in D-Stock and 2nd place overall at an SCCA event last year. Not too shabby for a "turning beast".

      There's simply nothing about the A4 that's nicer than the R. In terms of bang for the buck, when the S60/V70R was first released in '03 (and to a lesser degree today), there was little to anything that could touch it.

      Today, much like the now-defunct e46 M3, the market has raised the bar and there are more rivals. A G35x pushes 300+hp and BMW's own 335xi's hp numbers probably exceed those of the e46 M3 despite BMW's claims of 300.

      Keith, the only way your A4 could "destroy" an R is if you hit it head on.
      • 7 Years Ago
      NOTE: There are 3 suspension setting on the R. If you don't have it on the advanced setting it will indeed feel soft (as it is intended for long trips). My brother-in-law has an S60R. I've owned and driven many BMW's (including M5's) and the R stacks up nicely. He chipped his car and I was absolutely amazed at the power and all out quickness. Go on bashing them, it will help me get one cheaper and I'll eat that A4 for a snack at the track. Better yet, bring the C30R and the p/w ratio will make for an incredible little beast.
      • 7 Years Ago
      keith you clearly have either:
      1) never driven an R
      2) only driven an R during a test drive.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Sue, your S60R feels like your driving a slug. It has the most disconnected steering i've felt in any luxury sport compact so far. I'm sorry for the A4 / S60R comparision because you are right that my A4 does not compete with the S60R because your base price is:

      Volvo S60R - Base Price ($39,680)
      Audi A4 2.0T Quattro (manual) - Base Price ($29,500)

      That's a 10k difference. But, honestly the feel of the A4 on the road is alot nicer and more connected. With a GIAC tune and AWE Exhaust i'd be a nice fight, but if you give me 10k in tuning money....you'd be out of the water in that boat.
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