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Hans-Olov Olsson, Vice President Ford Motor Company,
President Volvo Cars reveals the all new Volvo C70
at the 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show.
15th September, 2005
The new Volvo C70 is two cars in one – and not just visually. The driving experience is also multi-dimensional.
Volvo’s new convertible is designed to offer a lively driving experience without sacrificing comfort. It shares its basic technology with other Volvo models, including front-wheel drive and a stable, compliant chassis. The C70 employs a coil-over strut front suspension and a multi-link independent rear suspension.
The individual wheel suspension with a number of links is designed to provide a combination of comfortable suspension and fast, exact steering response. A broad track and a long wheelbase give the C70 stability. The chassis height has been lowered by 10mm at the front and 15mm at the rear (compared with a standard chassis), which further improves C70's on-road stability and positive driving characteristics.
DSTC (Dynamic Stability & Traction Control system) is standard and offers stability when driving on a slippery road surface.
The steering is electro-hydraulic with a light, distinct, controlled feeling.
Body with high rigidity
“A rigid body is important for the car’s driving characteristics,” says project manager Patrik Widerstrand. “It makes the car stable and easier to control, thus enhancing driving pleasure.”
Five-cylinder, transverse engines
Both petrol engines are five-cylinder units. The base engine is Volvo's naturally aspirated, 2.4-litre inline five producing 125kW. The five cylinders, large displacement and long stroke ensure high torque output even at low engine speeds – and rapid acceleration. The five-cylinder, long-stroke engine also has an agreeable nature with a low vibration level and gentle running.
The 2.4-litre engine features four-valve technology with double overhead camshafts that contribute to the high power output and rapid response. The variable camshaft control (CVVT) offers high output and high torque in combination with reduced petrol consumption and reduced emissions.
Volvo C70 T5 – with power and temperament
The T5 engine is extremely energy efficient. As the manifold and turbo unit have been cast as one in high-alloy steel which is extremely resistant to heat (emission temperatures are permitted to reach 1,050°C), the need for cooling using petrol has been minimised. The engine can therefore be run on a leaner air/fuel mix with lower fuel consumption and emissions as a result, particularly when driving at high speed or with a heavy load.
The T5 engine is fitted with a five-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual gearbox originally developed for the Volvo S60 R and V70 R. The gearing spread of the six-speed gearbox is calculated to combine rapid acceleration with a high top speed. The gearbox has triple synchronisation and a very distinct, positive gear change.
“The all new Volvo C70 has a great deal of temperament, particularly the T5 model,” says Widerstrand. “But for Volvo temperament is never the same as unpredictability.”
The wide choice of aluminium wheels and low-profile tyres enhances both the
appearance and the driving experience. The C70 can be equipped with:
Engine range (at launch in Australia)
Later during 2006, a 2.4-litre, five-cylinder diesel engine, producing 132kW will be available in Europe.
The all new Volvo C70 – dimensions (compared with previous C70 convertible)
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