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Yes, since the XC is a 4WD (AWD), the torque is shared with the rear and you lose a little compared to the V70...of course we would be comparing the same turbo'ed engine. Otherwise, an XC for sure would beat an NA V70.
 

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Good point. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> I guess I meant the V70 2.5T and the XC70 with the same engine.
 

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While I agree that the XC70 would be a tad slower, IMHO it's not due to torque at the rear wheels. This only help ensure all torque is being applied to moving the vehicle and not lost due to spinning tires. The biggest difference is the increased weight of the XC70 due to the AWD system and other goodies.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>bbbuzzy</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> The biggest difference is the increased weight of the XC70 due to the AWD system and other goodies.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>Plus the tires f the XC70 have higher rolling resistance, plus its suspension will not allow for most effective acceleration.<p>Yannis
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>GrecianVolvo</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Plus the tires f the XC70 have higher rolling resistance, plus its suspension will not allow for most effective acceleration.<p>Yannis</TD></TR></TABLE><p><br>But if you're in:<br>- any reduced-traction situation <br>- or turning sharply and accelerating heavily<br>- or, especially both at the same time<p>Then AWD makes it faster. Even my wife is commenting on the nailed-down feeling under acceleration compared to FWD.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>airprakken</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Even my wife is commenting on the nailed-down feeling under acceleration compared to FWD.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>But that is different than actual accelerated speed. I've driven both and with the same HP's, the FWD is faster on take-off.
 

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Published tests seem to say the same about the V50 T5 awd vs fwd. In theory the rear shouldn't lock until something slips and you wouldn't think that the mpg difference could be due to the relatively small extra weight. I have to assume that the front to rear drive shaft must be contributing more friction to the system than one would expect.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>MadeInJapan</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">But that is different than actual accelerated speed. I've driven both and with the same HP's, the FWD is faster on take-off. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>I was mostly talking about limited traction surfaces where AWD will be faster, of course. My particular case is entering a fast 4 lane highway from a stop sign in the rain. FWD (e.g. 98 S70 GLT) just lifts the inside wheel enough to reduce acceleration a lot. Must be lighting TRACS but I'm too busy watching the cars.
 

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Where traction is an issue, AWD will make a difference. Sorry but I didn't read your original post close enough. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Good tires, good surface...on the straight away...all other things being equal, then the FWD. Otherwise, AWD for better grip (such as in the rain or with not such good rubber, etc.) which will most likely make a difference...also if there is an "inside wheel," which makes one assume that you are on at least a gradual curve into traffic, then the AWD should also make a difference. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/cool.gif" BORDER="0">
 
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