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<b>Source:</b><br><i>Edmunds.com<br>September 27, 2002<br>By: Brent Romans</i><p><b>Edmunds.Com S60R/V70R Comments/Paris</b><p><BLOCKQUOTE>quote:<HR><b>What Are They?</b><br>2003 Volvo S60R and V70R<p><b>What's Special About Them?</b><br>At the 2000 Paris Mondial de l'Automobile, Volvo showed off its Performance Car Concept (PCC), a juiced-up version of the S60 Sedan. This year, the company made it official: there will be a production version called the S60R. A V70R will also be made available.<p>Both cars are fitted with turbocharged five-cylinder engines. Currently, the top-line T5 trim's 2.3-liter engine makes 247 horsepower. With the R models, displacement is up by 200cc and a bigger turbocharger has been fitted, as well as twin intercoolers. Max power is listed at 300 horsepower at 5,250 rpm and 293 pound-feet of torque from a range of 1,950 to 5,250 rpm. Your choice in transmission is either a five-speed automatic with Geartronic, or a six-speed manual. With the six-speed, 0-to-60 mph acceleration is said to take just <b>5.4 seconds</b>.<p>Like the PCC, the S60R and V70R come with Four-C, Volvo's advanced suspension system. Using a variety of sensors, Four-C continually monitors vehicle behavior and driver input. It then adjusts the shock absorbers up to 500 times a second. The benefit, according to Volvo, is an excellent ride quality during casual driving and maximum performance potential during spirited cornering. Also included is an electronically controlled all-wheel-drive system similar to the system on the S60 AWD, though it has been optimized for performance, rather than off-road ability.<p>Other features on the R models include improved braking systems and more dramatic styling. Previous high-performance Volvos usually had just different wheels and exterior colors to distinguish them. With the R, there are larger front air intakes, available 18-inch wheels and a rear spoiler on the S60R. Inside, Volvo has added special leather seats and unique trim. Expect to see the new R models in dealerships by Spring 2003<p><b>Why Should You Care?</b><br>Most luxury sedan makers, and particularly the European ones, are moving towards expanding their performance car offerings. Certainly, one need look no further than BMW's M brand and Mercedes' AMG to see the potential benefit in image.<p>Though it's unlikely that the S60R will be able to match the outright performance of the M3 or C32 AMG, its four-wheel system and Four-C suspension should give it added stability and security. Meanwhile, the V70R should appeal to those wanting high performance combined with wagon versatility. Taking the kids to school in a V70R would be quite the adventure.<p>High-performance all-wheel-drive cars have traditionally come from Audi and its S-branded A4 and A4 Avant. And, at this year's Paris show, Audi debuted its new 2003 344-hp S4. So, S4 or S60R? The decision is yours. <br><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><p><IMG SRC="http://www.edmunds.com/media/2002/paris/volvo/03.volvo.s60.r.500.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.edmunds.com/media/2002/paris/volvo/03.volvo.v70.r.500.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.edmunds.com/media/2002/paris/volvo/volvo.r.details.500.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>-Drew
 

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Very nice write up! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>
 
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