Debuted in 1996 at the Paris Motor Show, the C70 a demonstrated a radical departure from regular Volvos. It used the same five-cylinder drive train as the V70 T5, and although much of the suspension hardware was derived from the V70 sedan also, F1 racing team TWR were commissioned to fine-tune the set-up for its new purpose. It retained Volvo's Delta Link rear which allowed the back wheels to turn fractionally to aid handling. The engine was all-aluminium and featured Motronic fuel injection plus a high-pressure turbo. The only gearbox available was an auto but it had settings for sports, economy and winter. As always with Volvos there were several safety features such as EBD (electronic brake distribution) and SIPS (side impact protection system), but it managed to combine luxury as well with wood, leather and a very quiet interior, thanks to a drag coefficient of just 0.29.
Volvo C70 T5 Specifications
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