Kilometer Magazine: 1995 Volvo 850 T-5R

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km. Hindsight

1995 Volvo 850

Stuart Fowle

When it to speed, we’re spoiled days. Even certain racers like Mazda’s can twist their speedometer up past 150 mph. The world was different fifteen years when 150 mph was today’s 200. And Volvo came out claiming it had a pair of cars a sedan less believably, a station capable of that milestone, were skeptical.

One Volvo man remembers the original press and a particular journalist who was especially He blazed out onto the freeway, told, and was disgusted to see the speedometer up at just over 80 mph. this would do 150,” he Volvo rally driver Baldwin, riding along in the seat, leaned forward and a tip: “If you take it out of second it will do 150 mph.”

Volvo had never built like the T-5R and indeed, the base 850 was a departure from the rear-drive sedans and wagons for Volvo was previously known. the company had done turbos, but no 240 ever crept anywhere 150 mph.

At the T-5R’s heart was a aluminum block punched out to and it was seriously modern for the time. valves (the ones on the side being sodium-filled), cooling nozzles, a water-cooled and a forged vanadium steel and connecting rods were all of the inventory. It’s the same motor that powered the 850 T5, but for “R” tweaking Bosch engine opened up a bit of added performance.

was rated at 240 using 1995 SAE net with 221 lb-ft of torque the power. Heady stuff a ago.

Modified computer chips, don’t get attention on the showroom To grab attention, the T-5R front and rear spoilers, as as five-spoke wheels, inspired by the 850 R car running in the British Touring Car Sport suspension, suede inserts and black burled trim completed the package, and every normal 850 option was in as standard equipment.

This a Volvo and not a 2011 Volvo (in at least) a wagon was offered the sedan.

But again, it wasn’t so much the go-fast appearance really got people talking, but one of the available paint colors. a sinister black, which especially mean on the wagon, was a screaming yellow. Decades Volvo had tried “safety meant to decrease accidents by too bright to miss. They miserably, and as such, design Peter Horbury knew be hard to convince the bosses in that yellow was a good

Supposedly, he kept the color to until the project got the green According to Dan Johnston, Volvo’s US PR man, the yellow cars out before the magazines stopped about the new car, in just months.

One of those yellow a sedan, has seen only mile since new, and looking at it here in our photos. It on the original Pirelli tires and be the cleanest T-5R in existence. The look brand new and the rainwater under the trunklid are factory

A car locked in a time capsule and underground would probably be in shape.

In a way, showing such a example might actually be an to the car. Part of the T-5R’s is that, at its core, it’s a 850 with all the reliability that At 100,000 miles these can still look excellent and if well cared for, cars can still be daily Try getting that sort of out of a BMW M3 of the era.

In fact, the biggest about T-5R reliability is that its 17-inch five wheels are prone to bending.

The 850 wasn’t just a reliable car though, it was also a very one. With the drive up front, torque steer itself but was pretty mild and controlled; 0-60 mph came in about seven seconds the bubbly five-cylinder making its own sounds. Unfortunately, all US-spec were sold with a automatic transmission with a sport mode.

It was an excellent transmission as far as automatics of the go, but it was surely a choice that a number of traditional enthusiasts from this sportiest of

Handling performance was pretty considering that only the wheels and stickier tires the T-5R from a sport 850. Compared to Volvos of even the tiny C30 the T-5R extremely light and lively. Its naturally weighty and fairly hasn’t been matched by any product since.

The brakes, all around with ABS and traction standard, were adequate for the but not amazing.

T-5Rs are, due to the layout, biased toward so they were and still are a car for new enthusiasts to get used to higher without much risk of the car back. It’s a fun car that’s very forgiving, and nowadays a but high-mileage example can be found $4000. Not many performance with seriously limited can be found so cheap.

And of course, with so much

After the 1995 model Volvo shortened the 850 T-5R to simply 850R, stopped production, and added a number of and also changed things interior trim and wheel As such, the legend carried on, but the T-5R was the one that shocked and got the media talking about and performance together. It’s the one remember, and it’s also the one harder to find, making the ones especially cool to

Just remember, if you want to hit 150 make sure your isn’t locked in second

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