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One of the ways we're building Swedespeed as a resource is by adding older news to the site so that people can go back through it. At the moment, our news only goes back to Y2K as that's the year Swedespeed was born.<P>This particular news release is from 1995. Watch our news section for more older news releases.<P>Beauty & A Beast<BR>01.05.95<P>A spectacular limited edition, based on Volvo's high performance 850 T-5 models is starring on the Volvo Stand at Autosports International alongside the 1994 BTCC Volvo 850 estate racer.<P>Finished in head-turning cream yellow, the new 850 T-5R is powered by a 2.3-liter turbocharged engine which produces a massive 240bhp compared with the standard T-5's 255bhp.<P>And it sets a pace that leaves many 'performance' cars trailing in its wake, reaching 62mph from rest in just 6.9 seconds and running to a top speed that is limited to 155mph.<P>Exclusivity is also standard in the 850 T-5R package with just 2,500 examples of the car available worldwide, with a mere 200 of those earmarked for UK customers.<P>Modified Turbo<P>At the heart of the car is a modified turbocharging system for the five-cylinder engine which gives an increased boost for no more than 30 seconds. The smoothness and flexibility of the standard 850 T-5 has not been sacrificed though, ensuring that the T-5R is a pleasure to drive in all traffic conditions.<P>In addition to the eyecatching exterior paintwork, the T-5R gains a lower, more aggressive front spoiler and foglamps as standard, whilst the 17" graphite grey alloy wheels shod with Pirelli P-Zero tires are obviously inspired by Volvo's involvement in BTCC racing.<P>This wheel and tire combination, along with lowered suspension and stiffer springs, ensure that the T-5R has a handling package that places driver enjoyment firmly to the fore.<P>But like all Volvos, the T-5R can also seat five people in comfort and offers an impressive list of standard safety features including ABS, driver's side airbag, integrated rear child seat, five three-point safety belts and Volvo's unique SIPS (side impact protection system) and SIPS airbag.<P>Leather & Wood Trim<P>The interior of the T-5R also reflects it limited edition status. The dark grey leather seats are trimmed with a suede-like material called Amaretta, as are the door panels and steering wheel. <P>Wood inlays in specially black-tinted walnut surround the instruments, gear lever and center console to add to the car's air of exclusivity. A final touch are the black floor mats with the T-5R logo stitched in yellow.<P>Apart from the choice of saloon and estate versions, customers for the T-5R can also order either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatc gearbox.<P>Most of the cars scheduled to reach UK customers are already sold to enthusiasts and collectors. <P>Prices are £ 27,800 for the saloon and £ 28,840 for the estate.
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by [email protected]:<BR><B>...powered by a 2.3-liter turbocharged engine which produces a massive 240bhp compared with the standard T-5's 255bhp.<BR></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Is that a typo?<P>
 

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Yes it is, thank you.I typed that up from the press release on a flight home last week. I must have missed it. Thanks. I'll make the change before I take that part of the site live.
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by [email protected]:<BR>I typed that up from the press release on a flight home last week. I must have missed it. B]<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>I guess the pilot was not paying attention to the...potholes! <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/wink.gif"><P>Yannis<P><P>
 

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I was also wondering about the suede-like "Amaretta" trim. Is that the same as "alacantra",what I thought it was called? I'm trying to get chewing gum out of mine and don't want to harm the material with solvents.
 

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I thought it was Alcantara as well. Keep in mind, this was a VERY early release on the car (note the optional airbag) and this is probably one of the earlier uses of the material. I'd guess that it is today's alcantara.
 

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That is definitely 'Alcantara'. Volvo was one of the first car manufacturers to use alcantara in a production car back in '95. It is funny that they called it 'Amaretta' back then. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif"><P>-Drew
 

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Also a funny change from concept to reality~<BR>The real 850 T-5R has "850" stitched in yellow on the front floor mats, not "t-5r"<BR>However, i am thinking about getting mine re-done to say T-5R, but that is not exactly my top priority. I'm thinking about a titan gunmetal grey color to the stitching.<P>
 

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You better "Scotchguard" that Yellow stitching, especially since it's on a floormat! You're probably way ahead of me though...<P>George: I tried Goo Gone last night. Worked great! It turned the gum to a viscosity that reminded me of rubbing my hands together after putting Elmer's glue on them, or rubber cement. Understandable? Pencil eraser shavings, yeah, that's it!<P>
 

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Goo Gone is great. I don't mean to sound like a commercial for them, but I've used their stuff to remove all sorts of stuff, from gum to double sided tape glue etc. and it usually works perfectly without damaging anything. AND it has that fresh citrus smell. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/wink.gif">
 

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Its also great for getting the goo off that holds the embelums if you want to debadge <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif"><P>
 
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