More Power to Challenge M3! The S60R & V70R
Volvo is testing higher-powered versions of the S60 saloon and V70 estate, designed to take on the BMW M3 and Audi RS4. Likely to be badged S60 R and V70 R, these are the production models inspired by the Volvo S60 Performance Concept Car (PCC) of two years ago. That had an uprated version of the 2.4-liter, five-cylinder turbo engine, producing 300 bhp and around 295 lb.ft of torque, a six-speed gearbox and four-wheel drive, lowered suspension and large multi-spoke alloys with low-profile tyres - and it looks as if these features have made it on to the production S60R.
The large front air intake on the S60 R gives some indication as to this car's potential power, as does the fact that the test drivers are wearing full sports harnesses, and that the cabin is reinforced with a full safety rollover cage: "very unusual for Death Valley", comments our photographer.
The V70 estate looks as if it has been similarly enhanced, and is pictured here doing powertrain and transmission durability testing in the hot temperatures of the Californian desert.