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The Equipment – Version: Paul – 11/29/09

November 29, 2009

Though this is a “car blog” in the general sense, we are focusing on something that everyone has an opinion about, the Road itself.  That said, some of you are interested in the vehicles we use to explore the Road.    Below is a video of one of the vehicles we use on the road, check out the video and follow the jump for an in-depth description.

That’s right, one of the vehicles we use is a Volvo.  Not what you were expecting?  Well lets look it in detail.  The base vehicle is a 2002 Volvo S60 T5.    Already a capable vehicle from the factory producing 247 horsepower and 243 ft/lbs of torque.  It firmly resided in sports sedan territory at the time of production, especially when mated with the optional sport package (seats, suspension, and 17 inch wheels).  Favorably reviewed and compared to other sport sedans only complaints of torque steer negatively impacted initial reviews.  These complaints are, in this drivers opinion, highly exaggerated  (that said, this driver also thinks that the torque steer complaints of the Saab Viggen were highly exaggerated as well).

So we start with a respectable sport sedan and then we start adding fun bits:  Cold Air Intake – Performance Cat Back – Strut Tower Conversion – H&R Lowering Springs – Bilstein Sport HD Struts/Shocks – Performance Tuning – and a variety of other odds and ends.

At the end of the day, horsepower was increased to over 300 and torque was increased to over 300 ft/lbs, handling was exponentially improved, and an aggressive stance and appearance were achieved.

This car is fast, balanced, and comfortable.  It is suited perfectly for its dual duty of a daily driver and an enjoyable weekend ride.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Michael McGough permalink
    November 29, 2009 8:13 pm

    Ahh I believe that road at Peace Valley is 25mph! ha ha

    • Paul permalink*
      November 29, 2009 8:18 pm

      No laws were broken in the filming of this video!


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