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2008 Volvo C70 T5 Review

Smart and Sexy Convertible

A three-quarter front view of a red 2008 Volvo C70 T5 convertible

In short: An intelligent and innovative hardtop coupe convertible.

This attractive hardtop convertible is sure to win over the hearts of a few drop-top detractors with its pleasing mix of performance engineering, comfort, and of course, Volvo's advanced safety system. While the idea of riding roofless may be disagreeable or even downright scary to some, Volvo does its best to address these concerns, with the C70's high-strength steel side A-pillars and Rollover Protection System ensuring a safe and secure ride. Technical talk aside, this smart sports car is just as sexy as it is sensible, and will have your well-protected heart pounding as it races along winding roads and takes hairpin turns with ease.

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Warranty/Service: Four-year/50,000-mile limited warranty; twelve-year/unlimited mile corrosion protection.

Base Price: $39,240 / As tested: $43,535

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, front-wheel drive, 4-passenger, 2-door convertible

Engine: 2.5-liter, turbocharged 5-cylinder engine with DOHC and variable valve timing
Horsepower: 227 hp @ 5,000 rpm
Torque: 236 lb-ft @ 1,500-5,000 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual

Curb weight:
3,772 lbs
Wheelbase: 103.9 in
Length/Width/Height: 180.4/71.7/55.1 in
Turning circle: 41.7 ft

4-wheel power-assisted disc brakes with ABS, electronic brake distribution, and emergency brake assistance
Suspension: front independent strut suspension with anti-roll bar; multi-link rear suspension with coil springs and anti-roll bar

Traction: dynamic stability traction control

EPA City:
18 mpg
EPA Highway: 26 mpg

driver and front passenger dual-stage front airbags; door-mounted inflatable curtain side-impact head protection system; driver and front passenger side-impact airbags; passenger sensor; rollover protection system


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PNW070810 (Updated: 01/31/13 NW)