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2011 Volvo V70 R-Design by Heico Sportiv – click above for a high-res image gallery

A Volvo wagon from a tuner can't help but sound exciting to us. Externally, the Volvo V70 T6 R-Design by Heico Sportiv delivers what you'd expect for an exclusive Euro express, carrying an eye-watering €70,193 price tag (that's more than $86,000 USD). Metallic sapphire black is the only color available for the limited-edition run of 100 cars. Ride height is lowered by 30 millimeters over attractive five-spoke 19-inch wheels, a sport exhaust system is fitted and there's an ever-important viking-helmet emblem affixed to the car's rump. Heico also re-tunes the turbocharged six cylinder engine, which jumps from its standard 304 horsepower to 330.

Volvo's R-Design dress-up parts are applied liberally, as well. Matte metal accents in and out and sport leather upholstery further set this special wagon apart. The aesthetics are without fault, but then there's the performance details. Despite increased horsepower and claims of "apparently limitless power reserves," the resulting numbers aren't terribly impressive for a car with such sporting overtones and lofty price. 0-62 mph arrives in 5.9 seconds, which is quick, but for about the same money, an Audi S6 Avant packs a 429 pony wallop that reaches 62 mph in just 5.2 seconds, and we're guessing that it'll outhandle the Swede as well. BMW's 535i SE Touring is a veritable bargain, ringing up a €48,000 price tag (just under $59k) and delivering a nearly-identical run 6.0 second run to 100 km/h from its 306 hp engine. On this side of the Atlantic, you could pick up an Ecoboost-powered Ford Flex for $37,000 and get more space and similar pace (Ford's three-row scorcher ran to 60mph in 6.0 seconds for a Car and Driver shoe).

Despite the number-crunching, there's little doubt that this Heico-tuned V70 is among the sportiest Volvo wagons extant, but exclusivity and styling will have to sell this car. It's out-sprinted by a V6 Nissan Altima, and even the Toyota RAV-4 V6 will give it a hard time – not exactly what you'd expect from a "tuner" car.



[Source: Heico Sportiv]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Comparing with British prices makes about as much sense as comparing with American ones.
      Audi RS6 is 110.650 € before you start adding any extras whatsoever in Germany, BMW 535i Touring is 52.950 € - if you add all the extras that the Volvo has you end up north of 80k.

      In other words - the Heico Volvo is not nearly as expensive as you might think.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't care how much it costs, I love this.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm hoping for the sake of the tuner, that that 86k price is just what you get after all those european taxes, and that the author of the article got the prices of the other comparison cars by taking US prices and converting it into euro's without taking those taxes into account.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They only got 26hp out of tuning a 300hp turbo engine? That's disappointing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree, that's a lot of additional coin for minimal gains. They should shorten the production run to 10 units, at least that way some people (not sure who exactly) will pay the excessive pricetag for the uber-exclusivity.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I really think some people forget about the ridiculous taxes in Europe for vehicles. Have you really never traveled outside of the US???

      Regardless, getting 25HP extra from a turbo motor is silly, that is hardly tuning. Chipping VWs 2.0T nets 40HP and a monster amount of torque. Heico is a joke. Someone should call up IPD, something tells me their solution for Volvo's turbo six is much more respectable.
      • 4 Years Ago
      All them doors is krazy!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wish Volvo would create a performance division like BMW's M. An actual sporty V70 intrigues me.

      R-Design is a joke. Let's get serious Volvo! I want one, if only you would build it!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Shame the "go fast" parts don't add up to much. Its got the sleeper wagon look down in spades.

      The world, specifically the US, needs more sport wagons. Too many have disappeared. Volvo R70, Subaru Legacy GT Wagon are two that immediately come to mind.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Alex:

        Sports wagons are indeed underrated because they don't have "Sex Appeal" in today's Flashy car culture. I remember in the heydays the wagons used to be driven by soccer moms and they were super utilitarian.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice hearse.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wash your mouth out.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yea, they have done a great job... but shouldn't have Volvo done some research about the market they were entering beforehand.
      Slower + More expensive = Fail.
      • 4 Years Ago
      No thanks, I'll take an E63 Wagon instead.
      • 4 Years Ago
      At least you get engraved door lock pins!
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