10k: 2005 Volvo S60R

The 2004-2007 Volvo S60R is a modern hot sedan designed to compete with M3, AMG, S4 and other fast sedans, but it was a bit slow and unexciting.  However, it now has depreciated to be downright cheap and we think they can be a hoot if prepared properly.  This 2005 Volvo S60R is for sale in Chicago, IL for $11600, via craigslist.


The S60R is a hopped up version of the Volvo S60 sedan and comes standard with a Haldex all-wheel drive system, turbocharged 5 cylinder engine and 6 speed manual transmission.  It has all the right ingredients to be a winner, but it has been accused of being a bit soft and slow.  But at this price you could justify replacing the shocks with Bilstein Sports, adding a custom tune to the ECU and replacing the rear anti-roll bar with the fattest piece you can find.  You won’t be able to overcome the front heavy 60:40 weight distribution but an up sized rear anti-roll bar will give it the ability to turn in properly and be tail happy.

The S60R is powered by a B254T2-R 2.5 liter inline 5 cylinder turbocharged and intercooled engine putting out 300 horsepower and 295 ft-lbs of torque.  It is the same engine as in the V70R wagon we featured last Thorsday, but the sedan is a bit faster due to a small reduction in weight.

We can only assume that this S60R would be fantastic to drive across a leafy road in autumn – tail out, with all four wheels scrambling for traction on a cold morning.  The S60R should continue to depreciate for a few more years, but the most you can loose is less than you lose when driving off the lot in any brand new Volvo – so we think these are a good deal in today’s market.  Add a little suspension tuning and this car will be a fantastic Daily Turismo.

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