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This past weekend I went out for a drive in the new C70 CC while my car was in servicing for an oil change. Overall this is a good car that could have been made "great" if Volvo tried a little harder.<p>Walking up to the car it's very very good looking, totally not what you'd expect from looking at many of the pics that we've seen here on SS as well as other car enthusiast websites. The roof is very well balanced in the flow of its curvature meeting w/ the front winshield, which itself is quite low and adds to a very sleek and sexy look. The rear? A different story, not terrible, but most certaintly not glorious, but I dont know what more you could expect from a FWD proportioned CC. As a whole the exterior design is quite smooth and no picture of this car could do it justice compared to what you experience viewing this car in the flesh. It ozzes sex appeal, and I think that fact that this car was Red only made it look 20x sexier, than had it been in any other color.<p>The interior is abundant w/ high quality surfaces, to the touch they feel very welcoming and durable. Unfortunately the car I drove had a grey interior, not my favorite color for an interior. Seats are typical Volvo comfort and provide for a varitey of adjustment for everyone. While the interior is nice, it lacks any real sense of occasion, the "floating" center console is about as interesting as it gets. Everything else looks lifted from the S40, as it has been. And that IMO is unfortunate, but we can get over that. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Onto the drive. Prior to I had raised the roof to get the most out of the experience on a rather cold day. So I stepped out and had the salesman who was taking me out on the drive put it up so I could watch how this thing works. As if the car didn't look good enough at a stand still, watching the roof transform this car into a hardtop(or vice versa) is truly a beautiful sight. I hopped behind the wheel and we pulled off. The car is very smooth, makes very little fuss out of rough roads and the ride is quite tight. Not sporting so much as I'd say adept at covering various road surfaces. Taking the chassis at speed into a corner you realize just how rigid the chassis is, and for this Volvo engineers deserve high praise. The steering is light and not terribly feelsome but adequate. On the highway the motor feels competent but not too incredibly strong, while there is absence of turbo lag I most definately felt that not only could the car but also the chassis handle far more power as well as AWD, which shouldn't require much from Volvo engineers. The Dynaudio sound system is incredible, very clear w/ an ungodly amount of bass coming from under both driver and passenger seats. Whether you'd be cruising down the street or bumping your music on a beautiful spring day, you'll never be short on attracting attention.<p>Overall, the new C70 is a very competent package that at first sight in the flesh will attract new and current Volvo customers alike. The pricing is a bit high(something like $45k + for the car I drove) but I'm sure that there will be many out there that wouldn't hesitate given the brands crediblity and recognition, not to mention a lack of what would be otherwise more expensive alternatives. As has been said, Volvo could have made a slam dunk by equipping this car w/ both AWD and a more powerful engine. Given this is only the intro of this car I'm sure Volvo has some excitement for this car in store... at least I hope. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <BR><BR>
<i>Modified by eVOLVOer at 10:12 PM 3-29-2006</i>
 

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Thanks for the review!<p>AWD in a convertible I can live without, especially as the extra weight usually means a reduction in mpg. But it does sound like a more powerful engine would have been a good idea. 218 is on the low end for a car of this weight.
 

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i agree the awd is a waste here. i saw the car at a vcoa tech session in burlingame ca a week or so ago. it is beautiful. it can hold one set of golf culbs with the top down, maybe, but it is great looking. the clean line are winners. i really like the lack of a b pillar.<p>the front looks like a s/v50 and could be smoothed out in my mind, but it really is good.<p>needs a hp turbo, at least 250 hp. the new 6 might work, i doubt the 8 will fit easily. i would like a turbo 8 and a new thinner roof system, and a smoother hood look.<p>it does not need a better sound system, when the damn 6'6" swede turned up the volume even the tuner crowd winced! ask lee cordner.<br>sincere bass response!
 

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I don't think the weight penalty would be that much of an issue if this car was indeed to adopt the Haldex AWD sys. in regards to mpg. It would be marginal, just take a look at the difference in any of the current Volvo models that have AWD on offer and their FWD variants in comparison. It would be a welcomed modification by myself as well as others I am sure.
 

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you darned "enthusiasts"!!!!<p>;-)<p>How about if it was just Rwd? Would that be good enough for you guys?<p>Thanks for the review. I think I'm gonna be glad I didn't buy my buddy's 325
 

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Being a driving/car enthusiast is something that just cannot be contained unfortunately, since its' an emotion. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>I think you'll be glad you didnt' buy that 325 either. I really love this car even if it sounds like I may have been a tad critical.<p>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>eVOLVOer</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I don't think the weight penalty would be that much of an issue if this car was indeed to adopt the Haldex AWD sys. in regards to mpg. It would be marginal, just take a look at the difference in any of the current Volvo models that have AWD on offer and their FWD variants in comparison. It would be a welcomed modification by myself as well as others I am sure.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>It is a big difference - 20/28 mpg for the S60 2.5 AWD vs 22/30 mpg for the S60 2.5 FWD.
 

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I peronally felt Volvo should have used the new Mustang platform and put a Multi-link rear on it. Inline six as base - Twin Turbo six or V8 on upper end - would have been bad *ss
 

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Re: C70 drive (eVOLVOer)

Did you happen to notice what tires are on it? I haven't found specific info anywhere. I'm hoping that they're not using high-performance tires like the Bridgestown Potenzas that wear so quickly.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Beach girl</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Did you happen to notice what tires are on it? I haven't found specific info anywhere. I'm hoping that they're not using high-performance tires like the Bridgestown Potenzas that wear so quickly.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Pirelli's on the 18 inch wheels ... didn't happen to notice which model though. Sorry.
 

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Re: C70 drive (Quick Brick)

I've read Pirelli PZero Rosso Asimmetrico 235/40/18<p><br>
 

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Just looked those up on Tirerack.com. They have a treadwear rating of 220 (not great), no tread life warranty, and cannot be driven on snow. <p>So - look to replace these pretty early, and get snow tires or plan for alternate transportation on snowy days.<p>Kind of a disappointment, I was hoping for something more practical that would at least be a reasonable drive in snow. We don't get all that much here, but still, had hoped to be able to drive worry-free no matter what weather.
 

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Re: C70 drive (Beach girl)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Beach girl</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Just looked those up on Tirerack.com. They have a treadwear rating of 220 (not great), no tread life warranty, and cannot be driven on snow. <p>So - look to replace these pretty early, and get snow tires or plan for alternate transportation on snowy days.<p>Kind of a disappointment, I was hoping for something more practical that would at least be a reasonable drive in snow. We don't get all that much here, but still, had hoped to be able to drive worry-free no matter what weather.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>All you have to do is wait until they wear out and then get high performance all-seasons.<p>Yannis
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>stuvo</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I've read Pirelli PZero Rosso Asimmetrico 235/40/18</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Trust me....you'll love them.....or hate them. Not much inbetween.<p>And yes....you will have to replace them with all seasons or dedicated snows when the weather turns cold. Anything around freezing or below and there's no traction.....dry or wet.
 

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I went for a test-drive today. Found out the 17" tires are Michelin A/S MXM4 235/45/VR17. So perhaps will be better for rain and snow.<p>I live around Washington D.C. We don't get that many snow days, so it would be a pain to put on snow tires just for the sake of maybe 10 days or so when they're really needed.<p>Easier to just keep the car garaged on snowy days, but I do want to feel secure in rain. We get enough of that when we're in North Carolina at the beach, for sure.
 

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Just got back from a test drive. Car had 49 miles on it!<p>Good news, ride was better than I was expecting. Although it was a slushbox, acceleration was acceptable. Stereo, one word - AWESOME.<p>Bad news, delivery of my car delayed another month to July.
 

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Not quite sure where to post this, but didn't want to disappear off the map without saying bye-bye to all you fine folks. Within the past couple days, I've driven the Nissan 350Z, the Volvo, and the Toyota Camry. The Volvo of course was very nice, but somehow, just didn't spark "gotta have it-itis" in me. The Camry was disappointing in many ways - the boot cover was too fiddly to get on and off, the latches are really a two-person operation, the seats felt under-padded. But the Nissan was the most fun I've had in a car since I was a teenager!<p>Combined with the fact that the Volvo I wanted wouldn't be available until well after the summer beach season - my desire for instant gratification got the best of me and I bought a 350Z this a.m. <p>How long I'll keep it, who knows. Got a fantastic price on it (it was a leftover 2005), so maybe will get a year or two of fun and possibly buy the Volvo later. Hope you all have many miles of happy motoring! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/cool.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Beach girl</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> I've driven the Nissan 350Z, <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/cool.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><br>Nice car! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> They make an awesome blue in which I am partial to. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Yes, I like that blue too. My car happens to be Screaming Mid-life Crisis Red - er, dealer calls it "Redline," but let's be honest here! <p>Anyway, he had just a fabulous deal on this Touring Roadster, with the 18" alloy wheels, all the goodies. It was the last 2005 to come in, arrived at the dealership in December, not a good time to sell a car with "don't even THINK about driving in snow" high-performance tires. They may have been thinking someone would buy it as a Christmas present.<p>Come spring, buyers want the 2006s which are arriving, so to get rid of this left-over, he sold it to me at what was essentially a used-car price for a new car, had 49 miles on it before my test drive.<p>So, I'm happy. Sometimes being in the right place at the right time counts for more than the hours of research done by careful planning, which then all goes out the window!
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>MagoonR</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Trust me....you'll love them.....or hate them. Not much inbetween.<p>And yes....you will have to replace them with all seasons or dedicated snows when the weather turns cold. Anything around freezing or below and there's no traction.....dry or wet.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>I have these on my 850R and HATE them, However,<br>they seem to be more matched to the C70 which I drove last weekend.<br>Short drive with too many people in the car fo a full eval, but seems to be a decent competent car albeit a bit slow.<br>They paid attention to the seats which are FAR more comfortable here than in the S40-V50
 
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