Body with very high rigidity
The new C70 model has Volvo’s modern, advanced front structure while the side members, doors and sills have been reinforced in various ways to compensate for the lack of a fixed roof. The body structure, in the form of an ingeniously designed member system, not only contributes to the high level of safety in the car, it also gives the body very high torsional rigidity – twice as high as the earlier C70 model.
“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
The all new Volvo C70 is being launched with a choice of three petrol engines. They are all extremely compact in-line engines and, in accordance with Volvo’s engine concept, are mounted transversely. The compact format in combination with the transverse mounting contributes to excellent crash safety by creating a generous crumple zone in the engine compartment.
All three petrol engines are five-cylinder units. Two of them are naturally aspirated with a cylinder volume of 2.4 litres and a power output of 140 hp and 170 hp. The five cylinders and the large displacement ensure high torque 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 engines feature 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.
Engine range (at launch)
Engine Configuration Output kW/hp Torque
T5 I5 162/220 320 Nm
2.4i I5 125/170 230 Nm
2.4 I5 103/140 220 Nm
Later during 2006, a 2.4 litre, 5-cylinder diesel engine, producing 180 hp (132 kW) will be available.
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