Hey, is it still too early to think about matching up Volvo and the E-word? The early cars will carry Volvo's 2. And we don't think we'll be the only ones who do. . Intense seat-of-the-pants stimulation is by no means limited to straight-line work. While the clutch action on our test car still needed some sorting out, it did manage to blast 0-60 mph in 6. The program went from concept to reality in a mere 30 months.
Designed to be a true four-place vehicle, the C70's aft quarters boast sufficient head and leg room to qualify as adult-friendly. Interior cues in the C70 remain undeniably Volvo, but new color combinations and smoother contours impart a more modern feel to the mix. This rakish front-drive two-door brings together new levels of luxury and performance while retaining the firm's longstanding commitment to safety. However, the C70's glass, sheetmetal, and interior are all new, and its revised unibody structure boasts 40 percent more stiffness. The latest and certainly most dramatic proof of its corporate repositioning is the C70 coupe. Although the car's rounded-off front and rear fenders impart a scaled-down appearance, the C70 actually is 0.
So, if it's adrenal arousal you crave, look no further. The best news is that U. Mechanically, the C70 draws heavily from the component set of the 850-which has been reskinned, retrimmed, and renamed the S70 sedan and V70 wagon for '98. To say we were deeply impressed would be a major understatement. But things are changing rapidly for Sweden's largest automaker. Volvo will market both coupe and convertible versions of the C70, with the latter variant likely to follow in spring 1998.
The basic floorpan and powertrain remain unchanged, as does the suspension design. Quick to respond to input from its rack-and-pinion power steering and willing to forgive most trailing throttle or brake indiscretions, the C70 delivers the same tire-hazing thrills as an 850 R but offers improved ride comfort and transmits less noise and vibration back into the passenger compartment. By keeping the development team small and raiding the corporate parts bin where possible, Volvo saved both time and money in the process. Overall responsibility for the C70 effort belonged to Project Leader Hkan Abrahamsson, with Design Director Peter Horbury and his deputy, Jose Diaz de la Vega, handling the car's exterior and interior treatments, respectively. Cars won't start arriving here until the fall, but we recently drove some early pilot models to preview what's ahead. The saintly new Volvo C70 is just loaded with excitement.
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