Volvo has never been known as a performance brand, but they did dip their Swedish feet into the proverbial speed pool in the early aughts with a few shiny things wearing an “R” badge. It actually started earlier with the 850R in 1995, but that was still front-wheel-drive and only sporty compared to a 4-cylinder powered brick boat house like the 240, but in 2003 Volvo kicked up their speed game with the turbocharged 5-cylinder V70R that put out 300 horsepower into all four wheels. It wasn’t as fast as the German (BMW M, Audi S) or Japanese (STi/Evo) competition, but you could buy one for the family because your wife thought it wasn’t a toy. Find this 2004 Volvo V70R offered for $13,000 in San Bruno, CA via craigslist.
If you try and compare the driving experience of the all-wheel-drive, manual gearbox, 300 horsepower Volvo V70R to a similar era Subaru STI or Mitsubishi Evo, you will probably find the Volvo lacking in exhilaration. But that’s okay, because Volvo wasn’t aiming to convert buyers of the boy-racer rally machines — and instead of was trying to compete with Audi’s S4 and Mercedes-Benz C32/C55 AMG..and maybe take a stab at BMW’s M3. Perhaps it wasn’t as fast as its competition, but the V70R was the only one available as a 7 passenger wagon with a shift-it-yourself gearbox. Find this 2006 Volvo V70R offered for $8999 buy-it-now or make-offer in Orchard Park, NY vi eBay.
Volvo wagons had always been “cool” to drive around since the 1927 Volvo PV4 hit the streets with a thin diagonal rod holding the “iron mark” emblem in front of the grill. The PV444 added to that coolness with a modern style wagon and you can’t forget the iconic boxy body 145/245/740/940/850 wagons of the […]
The V70R was Volvo’s answer to the question: How do you go really fast with extended family all legally buckled inside? The third row of seats meant that 7 people could enjoy the exhilaration of a inline-5 pushing boosted power & many torques into all four wheels. Find this 2000 Volvo V70R Sport Wagon offered for […]
by Kevin — With only around 500 brought to the US, exclusivity is the name of the game with this 2000 Volvo V70R. When new, the $40k+ sticker price included Haldex AWD, 16” wheels, vented rear discs, dual outlet exhaust and faux suede seat inserts. Most importantly, it also got you the 261hp, turbo 5 […]
I remember getting my first ride in a V70R that a colleague had picked up new a few years ago. With 5 “adults” packed into the interior it offered a surprising amount of forward thrust — not the frenetic immediacy of something like an Evo or STI, but a nice wall of torque and passing […]
I can remember the first time I got a ride in a 2nd generation (2004-2007) Volvo V70R. It was a strange sensation of bombing down a surface street with 5 full sized adults on board and thinking wow, we are going fast…in a Volvo wagon. Really fast AAAAAAAAAAAA, WATCH OUT FOR THOSE…hey, great brakes on […]
Lots of ~300hp AWD cars have flashy names, flashy looks, and sporting pretenses. I’m looking at you, Subaru STi, Mitsubishi Evo, and Golf R. But those pocket rockets are all based on economy cars – decent as they are in standard form, the driving experience will always be a bit downmarket and the cut-cost platform will […]
Tipper Brian P sent us a link for a salvage-title, high-mile 2004 Volvo V70R 6-spd Wagon, but the listing was canceled by the seller (off ebay sale?) before we had a chance to feature it. With the taste of a 300 horsepower, all-wheel-drive, 6-speed manual Volvo still fresh in my mind, I headed off to […]
The first generation Volvo V70 essentially just a reboot of the Volvo 850 platform and combined a transverse engine setup with a modern safety features. It was the late 90s take on the old boxy Volvo 200 series but the front-drive low power versions were disappointing from a performance perspective, hence the introduction of the […]