SOTW: VOLVO C70
This week it's the turn of the Swedish coupe that swapped 'safe' for 'sexy'
The C70 was born at a time in Volvo's history when it was going through a bit of a mid-life crisis. Tom Walkinshaw had turned the boxy 850 estate and saloon into a successful touring car racer, while the roadgoing 850 T5 was getting a reputation as a proper Tarmac-shredder.
So with the unveiling in 1997 of the sleek-yet-beefy C70 coupe, penned by Volvo's British chief designer Peter Horbury, Volvo's image as a purveyor of capacious Labrador-filled boxes was changed forever.
That would still have been enough to propel a factory-fresh example to 62mph from rest in a respectable 8.5secs on the way to a 137mph maximum -and without the torque steer histrionics that characterised the T5 version.
Editor Chris-R ran one for a year back when he was a fresh-faced yoof (albeit the T5 version) and reckons they make an excellent and rapid motorway cruiser with really comfy seats and a refined ride, but that the front wheels are indeed 'massively unruly' on the T5. Good thing we've found the slower model then...
Even more concerning is the lack of service history, especially on a 133,000-mile example of a car that has a bit of a rep for its gadgets expiring expensively.
Having said that, it is a lot of car for the money, and who could resist that wonderful metallic burnt orange...?
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