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The ultimate performance version of the new Volvo V50 sportswagon will be powered by a torrid 218-horsepower, turbocharged 2.5-litre engine mated to either a 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission and will get its considerable power to the road via a thoroughly modern all-wheel-drive system.
"The T5 engine and all-wheel drive give the V50 model great performance and extremely enjoyable road manners," says V50 project manager Peter Ewerstrand. "Top-class performance is combined with responsive, stable driving characteristics."
The turbo 2.5 is one of a new generation of low-friction, five-cylinder engines that are considerably lighter and more compact than previous engines of the same displacement.
"Making room for a five-cylinder engine in a compact body is something of a work of art," Ewerstrand says. "We have succeeded by using new methods to reduce the exterior dimensions of the engine."
The available electronically controlled all-wheel drive system on the 2005 Volvo V50 T5 uses the same technology employed on larger Volvo models. The engine's 236 ft-lbs of torque is automatically distributed between the front and rear wheels by an electronically controlled Haldex power transfer system.
The T5 engine is one of two versions of the new engine family that Volvo Cars of Canada Ltd. will offer when the V50 reaches Canada later in 2004.
The standard engine is a 168-horsepower, 2.4-litre, normally-aspirated version producing 166 ft-lbs of torque. It will be mated to either a new 5-speed manual transmission or an optional 5-speed automatic with Geartronic sequential shifting.
The high-performance Volvo V50 T5 will be offered with either a 6-speed manual transmission developed for the S60 R and V70 R or the available 5-speed automatic with Geartronic sequential shifting.
Both V50 powerplants are a further development of the low-friction engines that power larger Volvo models. The new generation is named RNC (C for Compact). Most of the engine's external components have been designed and packaged so that the engine installation takes exceptionally little space.
For example, the exhaust manifold outlets are angled down toward the engine block, and the manifolds on the turbo engines are cast together with the turbo unit housing to reduce space. The alternator, water pump and air conditioning compressor have been redesigned to be more compact.
The engines in the new Volvo V50 also feature:
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