Friday, June 11, 2010

Sporty Volvos: A History

When the 2011 Volvo S60 T6 hits the road in a few months, it is said by Volvo to be "the most Dynamic driving Volvo of all time". Not too many people(outside of Volvo enthusiasts) know it, but there have been quite a few Sporty Volvos through-out the years...and those that have owned these cars understand that Volvos can be very fun to drive.

1961 Volvo P1800: Volvo's first sports coupe, the P1800 was more tuned to styling, but it was also a step in a sporty direction. The P1800 ended production in 1973 with a 2 door wagon variant called the P1800ES

1979 Volvo 242 GT: A sport trim level of the 240 series, the 242GT featured style and functionality. This vehicle would be replaced by the 240 Turbo in 1981, which featured more power and introduced a long period of high output turbo motors.

1983 Volvo 242 Turbo Group A: Also known as the "flathood" 240, this Super-amped up 240 was tied into Volvo's racing program, and the car featured flat-out performance.

1995 Volvo 850 T5-R: Another specialty variant, of the 850 series, that came from Volvo's Racing development. The 850 T5-R featured 240 horsepower, and was re-named simply the 850R from 1996 to 1997. This was the first of a series of "R" cars.

1998 Volvo V70R: The V70R was produced from 1998 to 2000 and featured increased power through each version. The change for Volvo was this was the first high-performance all-wheel-drive Volvo.

2004 Volvo S60R/V70R: The S60 and V70R were produced until 2007, featuring 300 horsepower, all-wheel-drive, and adaptive chassis setting. These features continues with the 2011 S60!
2008 Volvo C30: The C30 is Volvo's current entry level sports model. Featuting 227 horsepower from a turbocharged 5 cylinder engine, the C30 is fun to look at, and drive.
Find your new sporty Volvo at Lehman Volvo in York:
or Lehman Volvo in Mechanicsburg:

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