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Volvo S70 Model Specifications

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Volvo S70
1998 Volvo S70 (US)
Manufacturer Volvo Cars
Parent company Ford Motor Company (2000)
Production 1997-2000
Assembly Torslanda, Sweden
Predecessor Volvo 850
Successor Volvo S60
Class Entry-level luxury car / Mid-size car
Body style(s) 4-door sedan
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
Volvo S70
2.0L 136 hp (101 kW) I5

2.4L 168 hp (125 kW) I5
2.4L 190 hp (142 kW) I5

2.3L 236 hp (176 kW) I5
Volvo S70 Transmission(s) 4-speed automatic
5-speed automatic
5-speed manual
Volvo S70 Wheelbase 2,664 mm (104.9 in)
AWD: 2,654 mm (104.5 in)
Length 4,722 mm (185.9 in)
Width 1,760 mm (69.3 in)
Height 1,402 mm (55.2 in)
AWD: 1,448 mm (57.0 in)

The Volvo S70 is a mid-size luxury car produced by the Swedish automaker Volvo from 1997 to 2000. The S70 was the sedan and the V70 the station wagon; they both represented mainly new styling and revised suspensions from the 1993 through 1997 Volvo 850. The S70 was replaced with the Volvo S60, which is in fact smaller in size.

Introduced in the U.S. for the 1998 model year, the first Volvo S70 sedan and Volvo V70 wagon were updated versions of the Volvo 850. The S70's body style was a more rounded version of the 850.

The six trim levels were: Base, SE, GL, GLT, T5 and R (exclusive to Europe). The exterior has new headlamps and a reshaped hood as well as a rounder front end. The new interior included dual front and side airbags.

New electronic brake modulation helped optimize performance in normal stops. Volvo's traction-control system now included throttle as well as brake intervention. A starter interlock was added to models with a manual gearbox, while automatic transmissions gained "adaptive" shift logic. Immobilizer became standard. Dashboard airbags received new two-stage sensors that matched deployment force to road speed and belt use; they also automatically unlocked doors after the bags triggered.

In the 1999 model year, the Volvo badge was changed. For the 2000 model year (2001 in the U.S.), the S70 model was discontinued and V70 was replaced by a completely new car with same model designation. The newcomer was built on Volvo's new large car platform that is shared by Volvo S80 (the first that was to be available of this series) and Volvo S60. Also, seat-mounted side airbags were modified to improve protection to the head and chest in case of impact. Newly standard was Volvo's WHIPS system, designed to move the front seatbacks and headrests rearward in a rear-end collision, to minimize whiplash. The S70 Base models gained an all-new 5 speed automatic transmission using a synthetic based transmission fluid. The potent engine in the V70 R AWD now was rated 261 hp (195 kW).


The base engine was a 2.4-liter dual overhead cam straight-5 gasoline engine that produced a maximum output of 168 hp (125 kW). The GLT had a turbocharged version of that engine that increased the power to 190 hp (141 kW). The T5 had a more highly tuned 2.3-liter turbocharged gasoline engine with an output of 236 hp (175 kW). The Base and T5 models had an optional five-speed manual transmission, the GL and GLT were available with only an automatic transmission. An option on the S70 was the TRACS traction control system that would apply the front brakes to limit wheel slippage. All models had disc brakes and anti-lock braking system. These were also among the first cars in the United States to offer side airbags, an option that has extended to nearly all models today. Drive-by-wire was added starting with the 1999 model year, replacing the traditional throttle cable arrangement with an Electronic Throttle System (ETS); also added was coil-on-plug ignition, first featured on the Volvo 960, replacing the distributor and spark plug wires. Such cars can easily be distinguished from the 1998 model year versions by the presence of an ETS light on the instrument cluster. All-wheel drive was also offered with the GLT model in 1999 and 2000 years.

Trim levels

In 2000, the SE trim level was made available to the S70 "base" and GLT model. Therefore four trim levels were offered, Base, Base SE, GLT, and GLT SE. (Trim levels were named differently in Europe) Starting for the 2001 model year, the S70 was replaced by the S60, as the S80 had been introduced in 1998.

An S70-R version (which was not released in North America) was introduced later to offer higher performance. The engine was an extra-tuned edition of the 2319 cc unit, rated 250 hp (186 kW) and 350 N·m (260 ft·lbf) for models fitted with a five-speed manual gearbox and limited slip differential. Models fitted with a four-speed automatic gearbox rated 240 hp (179 kW) and 330 N·m (240 lb·ft).

Models and engines


Model Power Torque Displ. Engine type Notes
2.0 126 PS (93 kW; 124 hp) 170 N·m (130 lb·ft) @4800 rpm 1,984 cc (121 cu in)   straight-5 petrol
2.5 144 PS (106 kW; 142 hp) 206 N·m (152 lb·ft) @3300 rpm 2,435 cc (149 cu in) B5244 S2 straight-5 petrol
GLT 170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp) 220 N·m (160 lb·ft) @3300 rpm 2,435 cc (149 cu in) B5244 S straight-5 petrol
2.5T 193 PS (142 kW; 190 hp) 270 N·m (200 lb·ft) @1800 rpm 2,435 cc (149 cu in) B5244 T3 straight-5 petrol low pressure turbo
2.5T AWD 193 PS (142 kW; 190 hp) 270 N·m (200 lb·ft) @1800 rpm 2,435 cc (149 cu in) B5244 T3 straight-5 petrol low pressure turbo
T5 240 PS (177 kW; 237 hp) 330 N·m (240 lb·ft) @2700 rpm 2,319 cc (142 cu in) B5234 T3 straight-5 petrol high pressure turbo
R 250 PS (184 kW; 247 hp) 340 N·m (250 lb·ft) @2700 rpm 2,319 cc (142 cu in) B5234 T3 straight-5 petrol high pressure turbo
R AWD 250 PS (184 kW; 247 hp) 340 N·m (250 lb·ft) @2700 rpm 2,319 cc (142 cu in) B5234 T3 straight-5 petrol high pressure turbo


Model Power Torque Displ. Engine type Notes
TDI 140 PS (103 kW; 138 hp) 290 N·m (210 lb·ft) @1900 rpm 2,460 cc (150 cu in)   straight-5 diesel engine with turbo


Model Power Torque Displ. Engine type Notes
Bi-Fuel 144 PS / 128 PS (gasdrift) 206 N·m (152 lb·ft) @3300 rpm 2,435 cc (149 cu in) GB5252S straight-5 Methane/petrol


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Volvo Cars road car timeline, 1990s–present
Type 1990s 2000s 2010s
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Small family car 440/460    
480   C30  
340/360   S40/V40 S40/V50 V40
Compact executive car   S60/V70 S60/V60
240 850 S70/V70  
Executive car 740 940 S80 S80/V70  
760 960 S90/V90   S90/V90
Sports saloon    850 T-5R/R S70 R/V70 R S60 T5/V70 T5 S60 R/V70 R  
Coupé 780   C70 C70  
Crossover utility vehicle   XC40
  V70XC XC70 XC70  
   XC90 XC90

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