The Volvo 240 – and in particular, the five-door version known to fanatics as the 245 – is a certified classic. Its boxy shape, well-earned reputation for safety and cult status among collectors means this Swedish Brick will forever be on our radar as a memorable machine. And, for what its worth, this author owned a gold example for a number of years.

If there's one thing the 245 is not known for, it's speed. Sure, you could get a turbocharged version of Volvo's ubiquitous B-series "Redblock" four cylinder, but that really only made the brick acceptable. For some real speed, some enthusiasts turn to classic American V8s. Others, like the man behind the menacing subject of the video pasted after the break, look a bit further outside the box (pun sadly intended).

Specifically, we're honing in on an old Volvo wagon fitted with a 2JZ-GTE engine that was likely lifted from a twin-turbocharged Toyota Supra. With dual-overhead cams, four valves per cylinder and an air-to-air intercooler, this inline six is known to tuners as a beast just waiting to be unleashed. And in this case, the Volvo-bodied beast is preying on an unsuspecting BMW M5 sedan. See the action in the video after the break.



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      KaiserWilhelm
      • 3 Years Ago
      Swedish people LOVE their House-music...
      Carphanatik
      • 3 Years Ago
      There's just something about a really good sleeper. Extra points for using a volvo body.
      Splicer436
      • 3 Years Ago
      amount of money and time invested in that Volvo - probably a whole f***ing lot! the OMFG reaction that the M5's driver must've had when those turbo's kicked in - priceless
        john
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Splicer436
        I bet that Volvo cost less to build than the M5 did to buy fresh. You can pick up a shell 240 volvo wagon for like 500 bucks at any junkyard, and then drop about 4k on a 2jz long block and another 10k on a turbo computer and cams, plus the miscellaneous stuff. You can spend 15k and make a car that pushes 1000+ hp and makes your car the ultimate sleeper. Nobody suspects an old volvo wagon, nobody.
      Cory Stansbury
      • 3 Years Ago
      I never understand engine swaps into cars which already have immensely capable engines. The Redblock 4 cylinder lasts forever because it's built like a nuclear missile silo hatch. Consequently, it can also make huge, ungodly amounts of power when built. In fact, not that long ago, someone put a doorslammer redblock car into the 6s. Engine swaps are a ton of work...very hard to justify over modifying what was in there. Once you swap out the heart, who the heck cares if you beat someone. The 240 has a big engine bay. I could drop in a Sonny's 1005 cube big block and go hunting...but nobody would be any more impressed with my "Volvo" than had I put the same engine in a generic muscle car.
      jonnybimmer
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ahhh the 2JZ. What car haven't you been swapped in? It's the turbocharged version of the Chevy small block.
      kevsflanagan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Now that is the definition of a sleeper. Hell even if I seen it in person I wouldnt believe it till they popped open the hood.
        ZOZ
        • 3 Years Ago
        @kevsflanagan
        The fun part is not to open the hood :o)
      ToyotaSupraMan
      • 3 Years Ago
      The cideo title says 2JZ, but the article says 2JE. Which is correct?
        Travisty
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ToyotaSupraMan
        I don't think that there actually *is* a 2JE-GTE, at least not one that I can find on Google. Looks like autoblog should go watch F&F (original) again...
        dokes2
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ToyotaSupraMan
        2JZ is correct.
      mike999
      • 3 Years Ago
      Who really won? One guy drives an M5 and the other drives a shitty station-wagon.
        Jarrod Barger
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mike999
        If you think the "shitty" station wagon is a fail, you just don't get what this guy is doing. And, it is glorious!
      wallstreet
      • 3 Years Ago
      What's so good about this? All I see is an M5 driver who was minding his own business being harassed by an old and hideous Volvo. People drive like idiots around my M3 as well. Do they really think that they are proving something?
        Blackstar
        • 3 Years Ago
        @wallstreet
        There is a solution. Stop driving cock-mobiles. :) All they are proving is that their old crappy looking Volvo is faster than your brand new looking BMW. Which it is.
          KaiserWilhelm
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Blackstar
          You're an idiot.
          Stefan
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Blackstar
          Ok I better sell my new BMW.
          Ak74
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Blackstar
          haha really? troll is a troll. This is old an old M5
        iownm3
        • 3 Years Ago
        @wallstreet
        on the internet everyone is an M3 driver
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @wallstreet
        lolatchu lying about owning an M3...
      Johnny Trailerpark
      • 3 Years Ago
      So what?
      Georg
      • 3 Years Ago
      pointless... I would have laught my ass off if this attention ***** Volvo owner with Toyota engine swap would have run into a old BMW with a big turbo straped to the old big inline6 ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCVppKUNnfg&feature=related the moment the Volvo driver start to play he would have recived a big face slap.. . that V.S. Motoring BMW inline 6 sound so much meaner than the Supra inline6
        mkivtrd
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Georg
        LMAO, you must not know much about 2JZGTE's and what they can accomplish.
      AcidTonic
      • 3 Years Ago
      Love it. Just annoyed to find everyone loves this but the same ideas in other cars result in all kinds of uppity negative posts. Such as "Yeah but you're just one person and there's no market for a car like X". Or "The interior is so bland" when completely ignoring the point of the car. But you guys all understand it when it's a freaking station wagon. But keep hating on small AWD cars that easily reach 400-600 horsepower regularly with comments about the damn interior or ride quality without understanding that the performance is the only goal. I'll never understand this forum.
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