Model Overview: 2008 Volvo C70
Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price
C70 T5: $39,240
Subtle refinements for the 2008 model year keep the Volvo C70 at the forefront of the mid-priced luxury convertible segment. Inspired by Scandinavian design, the interior is now fitted with standard Laminated Oak real wood on the signature ultra-slim center control panel, center console and door handle surrounds. A Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TMPS), Automatic Hazard Warning and Emergency Brake Lights have been added to the lengthy roster of standard C70 safety equipment. And Sovereign Hide premium leather seating surfaces is a new option.
Driving pleasure adds another dimension to the C70 with its standard turbocharged T5 engine. For 2008, output for the 2.5-liter light-pressure turbo powerplant has been increased from 218 to 227 horsepower at 5,000 rpm while torque remains at 236 lb.-ft. from 1,500 to 4,800 rpm. The flat torque curve puts the power to the front wheels evenly and makes the car highly responsive.
The Volvo C70 continues to offer the best of both worlds. It's a modern convertible with classic proportions, four comfortable seats and a three-piece retractable hardtop. The C70 can be transformed seamlessly from a coupe into a convertible. The retractable hardtop folds away quickly and smoothly into the trunk. Apart from the flexibility offered by the retractable hardtop it also makes for a quieter, more comfortable coupe. The large rear window glass offers outstanding outward visibility and improves body rigidity.
An important part of the side impact and rollover protection is the Inflatable Curtain (IC). In the new C70 it has been given a unique design. The curtain has an extra stiff construction with double rows of slats that are slightly offset from each other. This allows them to remain upright and offer effective head protection even with the window open. The curtain also deflates slowly to provide protection should the car roll over. This is a unique solution in the automotive world.
The C70 is designed to accommodate four adults. The two rear seats have comfortably angled backrests and generous width across the supportive cushions. Like all Volvo cars, the front seats are ergonomically shaped. With a push of a button on the backrest, the front seats move quickly forward to facilitate entry to the rear seat.
A performance-oriented six-speed manual gearbox is standard. All six forward gears are adapted to combine rapid acceleration with a high top speed. The gearbox has triple synchros and a very distinct gear-change feel. A five-speed "Geartronic" micro-processor controlled automatic with "Auto-stick" function is optional.
Audio systems for the C70 have been developed to offer high-class sound reproduction with the top up or down. The standard high performance system features a 4 x 40 watt amplifier and eight speakers. Those seeking the ultimate audio experience will find it in the optional Dynaudio® Premium Sound system. It features an amazing total output of 910 watts of power, plus Dolby® Pro Logic II Surround Sound and 14 speakers, including dual nine-inch subwoofers. An auxiliary audio jack is standard on both systems.
The C70's new Convenience Package includes rear park assist, Keyless Drive, the Volvo Blind Spot Information System (BLIS), Interior Air Quality System (IAQS) and power retractable rearview mirrors.