May 24, 2005
Volvo’s first V8 engine built by Yamaha
Vancouver, British Columbia – Volvo’s new XC90 V8 model features a new 4.4 litre V8 engine built in Japan by Yamaha to Volvo’s specifications. Yamaha has previously built engines for the Ford Motor Company’s Taurus SHO.
“An SUV in the premium segment needs a V8, especially in the North American market where we sell about 60 percent of all the XC90s we make,” said Hans Wikman, Volvo Cars Vice President, Vehicle Line Large Cars.
The XC90’s transversely-mounted 4.4 litre DOHC 32 valve V8 engine has 315 horsepower and 325 ft-lbs of torque powering the XC90 from 0 to 60 mph in seven seconds. Volvo claims the compact 60 degree Yamaha V8 with four catalytic converters is “the cleanest V8 on the market”, and meets American ULEV II exhaust emissions regulations. Fuel consumption is rated at City 16.4 L/100 km and Hwy 10.7 L/100 km.
A new 6-speed automatic “Geartronic” transmission has been designed to handle the extra torque of the V8 engine. The XC90 V8 has the same towing capacity as the turbocharged five cylinder 2.5T model, 5000 lbs. The XC90 T6 model will be discontinued.
Pricing has not been announced, but is expected to be between $64,000 and $66,000. The 2006 Volvo XC90 V8 will go on sale in July, 2005.