Locomotive from Gothenburg
Volvo has never been in the train manufacturing business up to now, but
its diesel models take off like locomotives. So the comparison with
trains is completely justified, especially since Volvo recently decided
to replace the somewhat older engines it had been buying from Audi for
years with ones of its own in-house design. The new motor is made in the
Skövde manufacturing plant and uses “common rail” technology for
direct fuel injection. Straight from the factory, the motor is good for
120 kw / 163 horsepower, but its design allows enough leeway for
increasing performance up to the vicinity of 200 hp.
The noted Volvo performance tuning company MR Sweden Motorsport of Lübeck,
Germany, was happy to take up this challenge. In developing their
solution, Marcus Reumann and his team were not trying to achieve
astronomical horsepower figures, but rather to tune the motor in such a
way that it would provide high torque. The driver should not have to
shift gears frequently, but be able to pass quickly if necessary. The Lübeck
team set these goals for themselves, and they have met them. After the
performance tuning, the motor produces 151 kw / 205 hp. Maximum torque
has been increased from the standard 340 Nm up to 400 Nm. The heavy
station wagon now manages the sprint from 80 to 120 kph, which is so
important on narrow country highways, in 5.2 seconds in fourth gear.
This will be good to know in numerous passing maneuvers. And if
necessary, the Volvo V70 is capable of doing up to 225 kph, at which
speed the motor reaches its maximum rpm in fifth gear.
At MR Sweden Motorsport, the route to increased performance follows the
usual proven steps. The greatest role in the performance upgrade was
played by the revamped motor management system, which increases boost as
needed up to 1 bar. In addition, fuel injection time is extended by
letting it begin earlier. A sports air filter and a three-inch stainless
steel sports exhaust pipe from the catalytic converter together
contribute about 10 horsepower.
Whoever is “only” interested in increasing performance — and
discreetly, at that — can drive happily away into the sunset at this
point as a satisfied customer.
But drivers who also want to give their Volvos a sports chassis,
attractive wheels, and a distinctive appearance, will find just what
they’re looking for at MR Sweden Motorsport.
The chassis was developed by MR Sweden Motorsport in its own extensive
tests. By installing sports shock absorbers and lowering the chassis by
35 millimeters, a tighter but still comfortable symbiosis was achieved.
The large wheels match the new chassis. Here, MR Sweden Motorsport
offers two-part aluminum wheels with outer rings of stainless steel. The
wheels are sized 8.5 x 18 and fitted with Conti Sport Contact 2 tires
To top things off, the optical upgrade also includes headlight covers
painted to match the car, a matching roof spoiler, black tinted
taillights, and tinting decals for the rear window and the four rearmost
As far as the interior is concerned, Volvo traditionally leaves hardly
anything to be desired. But a decor set of genuine wood will make you
feel even more at home.
For the motor upgrade, including the sports air filter, the price is
three-inch stainless steel sports exhaust pipe from the catalytic
converter costs €997.03.
chassis can be had for €1,145.81; the wheel set for €2,830.00.
roof spoiler painted to match the car amounts to €337.50 without brake
headlight covers painted to match the car will set you back €100.13.
tinted taillights go for €498.51.
five-piece tinting decal set goes for €450.00.
genuine wood decor set runs to €352.80.
about 10 working hours for installation of all components.
MR Sweden Motorsport
Rapsacker 2, D-23556 Lübeck, Germany
Telephone: +49-451- 80 90 0 90
Telefax: +49-451- 89 85 12