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Volvo 850

R Car Review

Author: Motoring Date: 1 October

Extensively modified to provide performance, the turbocharged 850 R is a Volvo for the rather than the type of who is primarily concerned about ease of driving and comfort.

In form (as tested) particularly, the 850 R best to a more aggressive style. Drivers need to the engine in the right rev range, for smooth starts and for best The manual 850 R is not for drivers who like to around in the higher gears.

Comfort in the 850 R is compromised in the quest for car handling, with the low profile firmer springs and lowered causing harshness and thumping at low

On the other hand, given the conditions and driven effectively, the 850 R like a thoroughbred sports with very strong performance, excellent handling (in situations) and powerful braking.

The 850 R is the evolution of high performance 850 Volvos. With 185 kW on tap, more powerful than the 850 T-5 (that’s still available in form) and the limited edition now discontinued) 850 T-5R.

There are two of the 850 R, a sedan and a wagon, and both with manual or automatic Prices are $79,950 for the sedan and for the wagon. Manuals and autos are priced.

Equipment levels, both the aspect of luxury and safety, are extensive in the 850 R. Some of the more items include dual airbags, side airbags Volvo’s SIPS (side protection system), an integrated rear child safety ABS brakes, TRACS traction system, an engine immobiliser, six and eight (wagon) speaker with an in-dash CD player, adjustable front seats, climate-control air conditioning and a trip The steering wheel is adjustable for and reach, and there are the usual windows and mirrors, central and cruise control.

Unlike some of the much and curvier new models Volvo has shortly, the 850 sedan and wagon are the old square box design philosophy. what they lack in looks is compensated by good use of space.

The 850 R sedan provides front leg and head room, with better than seat comfort and support. also a good car for carrying adults in the back seat space is generous and the centre has its own head restraint and a lap/sash belt.

Unfortunately, having five restraints blocks the rearward a bit, as do the relatively thick B when looking to the sides.

On the the manual 850 R responds best to who are prepared to work to get the best out of it. If not, it’s probably to go for the automatic version and sacrifice a outright performance in return for easier low-speed driving.

performance engines invariably use fuel when you work hard and the 850 R is no exception. It gobbled up the expensive premium grade petrol at the rate of 14.5 km in city and suburban type but did better out on the open road consumption dropped to 9.8 litres/100 km.

The 850 R’s overall standards of are very high, but there are that show up in extreme Despite the traction control, still possible to break wheel traction when on full power out of tight Enter tight corners too and the front end wants to understeer.

To be both of these situations well beyond what be encountered in normal driving and the 850 R is very capable and secure in its manners.

Summary

It mightn’t rate in the glamour stakes, but Volvo’s 850 R commands attention with its capabilities and levels of performance.

may still prefer the ultimate capabilities of a rear wheel sports car such as the BMW M3, but the 850 R represents a alternative for the enthusiasts with responsibilities.

Test vehicle by Volvo Car Australia

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