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TORONTO (February 16, 2005) – Bathed in a luscious racing yellow paint scheme, a radical version of the 2006 Volvo XC90 V8 will delight guests at the Canadian International Auto Show and keep the drivers of high-end European exotic cars glancing in their rearview mirrors.
The dramatic evolution of the new XC90 V8 will appear on the Volvo Cars of Canada Ltd. stand beside the newest production version of the company’s popular SUV. The 2006 Volvo XC90 V8 is also being shown for the first time in Canada at the Toronto show.
"This was such a fun concept," noted Paul Cummings, President and CEO of Volvo Cars of Canada Ltd. "We just had to do it. It could possibly be the ultimate Volvo. It has all the safety that Volvo is known for with the looks and performance of an exotic car." But a concept it will remain as Volvo Car Corporation may never offer anything like the supercharged XC90 V8. "This is just to get the juices flowing; to draw attention from those who may not have considered Volvo before," added Cummings.
Pushing the "Next Generation SUV" to the next level
Once you get past the supercharged XC90 V8’s aggressive stance and fully customized body, a true beast lurks within. The engine output of the supercharged XC90 V8 is estimated to be more than 600 horsepower through the use of a massive supercharger, revised engine mapping and low restriction exhaust. That power is routed through a modified version of the Haldex electronically controlled all-wheel drive system. The system is "pre-charged" so that power may be instantly routed from the front to the rear wheels for improved traction. A new 6-speed automatic "Geartonic" transmission rounds out the driveline.
Exotic car styling in an SUV
Riding a full 50mm lower than a production 2006 XC90, the supercharged version dons extraordinary styling is highlighted by its racy yellow paint scheme. With a nod to the super cars of Italy, the supercharged XC90 V8 sits squarely on its 9-inch wide ultra high-performance alloy wheels. The Pirelli P-Zero Assimetrico tires are 275/40-ZR20s front and rear.
Up front is an ultra deep front airdam with a wide-mouth opening that helps to channel cool air into the engine compartment and the supercharger's intercooler. Fared into the front fascia are small, high intensity fog lamps. Air slips smoothly around the supercharged XC90 V8’s front end and over the ultra-wide, custom fabricated wheel arches. Deep cuts at the rear of the side sills direct air around the tires to the 330mm floating rear brakes, shod with 4-piston calipers. Brake duty up front is handled by 380mm floating discs with 8-piston calipers.
Around back, the rear valance smoothly integrates the custom fabricated quad exhaust tips. Tinted windows, tail lamps and head lamps and body color rearview mirrors round out the cosmetic touches to the supercharged XC90 V8.
Supercharged Volvo XC90 V8 is a collaborative effort
The custom fabrication and design of the supercharged XC90 V8 show car was handled by Aria Group, Inc. Aria Group is a design, engineering and manufacturing company servicing a broad spectrum of clients from its Southern California office. The company offers a wide range of services to meet the demands of any product development or manufacturing project. Aria Group's team of specialists combines experience with the latest technologies to ensure all projects are planned, managed and executed professionally while exceeding the client's expectations. Aria Group is continually seeking and implementing new technologies and project management techniques to compliment its core strengths of innovation and superior customer service. To find out more about Aria Group visit their website at www.aria-group.com .
Volvo Cars of Canada Ltd. is part of the Volvo Car Corporation of Göteborg, Sweden. The company provides marketing, sales, parts, service, technology and training support to the 43 Volvo automobile retailers across the country. The company’s product range includes the flagship S80 luxury sedan, the versatile V70 wagon, the S60 sports sedan, and an XC-line of vehicles that includes the rugged XC70 and the award-winning XC90 sport utility vehicle. For 2005, the company is introducing the completely redesigned S40 sports sedan and V50 sportswagon, providing performance for a new generation.
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