While we consider the 850 R to be the pinnacle of Swedish (and perhaps all) wagonry, this 2006 V70 R is hard to ignore. With its turbocharged 5 cylinder, all wheel drive, and manual transmission, it more than holds its own with today's offerings. Thanks to Moto Roster member Dimitry B for the tip on this little red wagon.
In college, a friend had a 740 wagon what was slightly tuned and the joke was you could blow by a cop going 90 and not get pulled over because it looked like it was barely moving no matter what. We don't think you'd have the same luck with this Swede with its red paint, spoiler, and turbo whine but it's worth it.
With 300 horsepower being routed through the (appropriately Swedish) Haldex AWD system, these manual V70 R's were capable of sub 6 second 0-60 times. That's pretty close to what a 2016 WRX puts up and this Volvo can haul a family of four and the dog in comfort at that speed.
Big Brembo brakes peaking out behind the 5 spoke rims have been upgraded to slotted rotors and Michelin Pilot Sport are said to have 80% of their life left.
We've never seen the "Atacama" leather that this car was optioned with it, and while we prefer black leather, we'll reserve judgement on this one until we see it in person. The gateless and bootless shifter is thoroughly quirky, but responsive and fun to drive.
Miles are very low on this 10 year old example and the price is accordingly high. For $19,500 we're not sure if this one is for anyone but the most diehard of Volvo fans but they're probably out there.
Find this 300HP Family Hauler on Craigslist in Baltimore.
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