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2004 Volvo S60R and V70R


The combination of performance, safety, and value will soon have another definition with the appearance of the 2004 Volvo S60R and V70R. In the case of the V70, it will be the fastest wagon in the U.S. with its 300hp turbo engine creating 295 lb/ft of torque. In both models the most remarkable innovation is the Four-C (continuously controlled chassis concept) semi-active chassis with three driving modes. With a simple press of a button, the driver instantly changes the ride and handling characteristics of the vehicle. In all modes, the system monitors the vehicle a mere 500 time per second making adjustments.


We drove the R cars on twisty desert mountain roads, the grooved pro racetrack at Las Vegas, and through bumper-to-bumper on the glittery Strip. The Four -C effortlessly changed identity to match the drivers whim. And we were most impressed by the way the system coordinated with the brakes to bring this speeding bullet from 100 to 40 with soft strength and almost no pitch at all. It takes a real effort to fight the feeling that the Laws of Physics no longer apply to you. This is indeed a well thought out, highly advanced integration of high tech systems. We'll have more on these later on, but for now here are the tantalizing specs...


   Turbocharged 2.5-liter DOHC I-5 engine; 
    aluminum cylinder head and block 
   Dual Wide Range continuously variable 
    timing on intake and exhaust camshafts 
   Choice of 6-speed manual or electronically 
    controlled 5-speed automatic transmission; 
    automatic has Sport mode and Geartronic 
    semi-automatic selections  
   Haldex electronically controlled all-wheel-drive 
   Four-C (continuously controlled chassis concept) 
    semi-active chassis with three driving modes 
   Brembo brakes 
   Front and rear seat side curtain air bags  
   Whiplash Protection Seating System (WHIPS) 
   Side Impact Protection System (SIPS)  
   Unique R front fascia and rear spoiler  
   Unique grille with matte silver frame 
   DE (projector) lights in air dam 
   Bi-Xenon high and low beam headlamps  
   Soft leather upholstery with metallic effects  
   Brushed aluminum "space ball" 6-speed gear 
    lever (manual transmission)  
   3-spoke, leather-clad steering wheel rim in 
    two-tone gray; air bag cover in charcoal 
    leather with blue stitching 
   Gauges in R-blue with "watch-dial" bezels 
   Special R logo key with integrated 
    remote controls 


 Configuration Transversely mounted, inline 5-cylinder 
 Displacement 2,521 cc (153.8 
  Horsepower 300 @ 5,250 rpm 
  Torque 295 lb.-ft. @ 1,950-5,250 rpm 
  Top speed, mph  155* manual / 152* automatic, 
  *electronically controlled top speed   


   6-speed manual or 5-speed Geartronic 
    automatic transmission 
    Electronically controlled all-wheel-drive system  
    Dynamic stability traction control (DSTC) 

   Four-C adaptive suspension with three switchable 
    chassis mode: Comfort, Sport and Advanced Sport; 
    adjusts shock absorbers continuously and almost 
   Servotronic speed-sensitive power rack-and-
    pinion steering  


 Calipers  Brembo 4-piston aluminum, 
 front and rear  
 Front Discs 330 x 32 mm (ventilated)  
 Rear Discs 330 x 28 mm (ventilated) 
 ABS Four channel system  
 Wheels 17 x 8 in. aluminum alloy (standard) 
18 x 8 in. aluminum alloy (optional for S60 R)  
 Tires 235/45ZR-17 Pirelli P-Zero (standard) 
235/40ZR-18 Pirelli P-Zero (optional for S60 R) 


- Editor

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