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Volvo C70 Model Specifications

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Volvo C70
Manufacturer Volvo Cars
Pininfarina Sverige AB (2nd generation)
Production 1997-present
Assembly Uddevalla, Sweden
Class Cabriolet
Layout FF layout

The Volvo C70 is a two-door manufactured by Volvo Cars in two generations: the first from model years 1997-2002 as coupé and from 1997-2005 as a soft top convertible. The second generation C70 has been marketed since 2006 as a retractable hardtop.

First generation (1997-2005)

2002 Volvo C70 coupe
First generation
1997-2001 Volvo C70 convertible
Production 1997-2005
Body style(s) 2-door cabriolet
2-door coupe
Engine(s) 2.0L 125 kW 168hp I5
2.4L turbo 145 kW 193hp I5
2.3L turbo 180 kW 240hp I5
Transmission(s) 4-speed automatic
5-speed automatic
5-speed manual
Wheelbase 1998-99 Coupe: 104.7 in (2659 mm)
1998-2002 Convertible & 2000-02 Coupe: 2660 mm (104.9 in)
2003-05: 105.0 in (2667 mm)
Length 1997-2002: 4720 mm (185.7 in)
2003-05: 186.0 in (4724 mm)
Width 1820 mm (71.5 in)
Height 1998-99 Coupe: 55.7 in (1415 mm)
1430 mm (56.3 in)
Curb weight 1,520 kg (3,400 lb)-1,650 kg (3,600 lb)
Designer Peter Horbury

Volvo introduced the first generation C70 at the 1996 Paris Motor Show, following a European introduction as a 1997 model, and later as a 1998 model in North America — with both low-pressure (2.4L) and high-pressure (2.3L), 5-cylinder, turbocharged petrol engines and manual and automatic transmissions. Peter Horbury designed the exterior and Mexican designer Jose Diaz de la Vega led the interior design team.

The C70 broke Volvo's decades-long styling tradition of boxy, rectilinear designs. According to Peter Horbury, Volvo's design chief from 1991 to 2002, with the C70, Volvo threw away the box, but "kept the toy inside!" Our vision was to design a convertible that would meet the needs of a family of four looking for comfortable blue-sky motoring in a vehicle also providing stylish looks, performance and faultless driving and road-holding."

In a development program of 30 months and working with a Volvo 850-derived platform, Britain’s TWR (Tom Walkinshaw Racing) co-designed the car's basic design and suspension tuning with Volvo. Manufacture of the C70 was a joint venture until the two companies experienced disputes that threatened to interrupt production; TWR did not contribute to the second generation C70.

Volvo's first modern convertible, the C70 was manufactured in Uddevalla, Sweden on a separate assembly line from the 70-series sedan and station wagon. The four-seater convertible featured an electrically-heated glass rear window, automatic (pop-up) rollover hoops, seat belt pre-tensioners, boron steel reinforced A-pillars, front and side airbags, and a safety cage — a horseshoe like structure around the passenger compartment.

The cloth convertible top, initially available in four colors, was fully automatic, operated by a single, dashboard-mounted button. The top stored automatically under an integral rigid tonneau cover in a system pioneered in modern convertibles with the fourth generation Mercedes SL.

The C70 convertible exhibited two negative traits endemic to convertibles: poor rear visibility[ and pronounced skuttle shake, a characteristic whereby the structural design of the bulkhead between engine and passenger compartment of a convertible suffers sufficiently poor rigidity to negatively impact ride and handling — and to allow noticeable vibration, shudder or chassis-flexing into the passenger compartment.

An early special editions featured two-tone leather interior, SC-901 (1998) Dolby Pro Logic I stereo with 3-disc integrated changer unit (via a cartridge) 500 watts of power and 12 high end Dynaudio speakers.

The C70 was introduced to the press in a signature color (saffron orange metallic) and for the debut marketing, the 1997 movie The Saint featured a C70 — recalling the notable connection of the Volvo P1800 and the TV series from the early 1960s, The Saint with Roger Moore as Simon Templar.

Second generation (2006-)

Second generation
2007 Volvo C70
Production 2006-present
Body style(s) 2-door Coupé convertible
Platform Volvo P1
Engine(s) 2.4L 125 kW Five-cylinder
2.5L 162 kW Five-cylinder turbo charged petrol
2.4L 136 kW D5 Five-cylinder turbo Diesel (in Europe)
Transmission(s) 5-speed automatic
6-speed manual
Wheelbase 2640 mm (103.9 in)
Length 4582 mm (180.4 in)
Width 1820 mm (72.3 in)
Height 1400 mm (55.1 in)
Curb weight 1,725 kg (3,800 lb)
Fuel capacity 62 L (16.4 US gal; 13.6 imp gal)
Designer Fedde Talsma

The second generation C70 model was launched on 13 April 2006, sharing the Volvo P1 platform, designed by John Kinsey and built by Pininfarina Sverige AB. The three-piece retractable hardtop raises or lowers in under 30 seconds and replaces both the convertible and the coupé, the latter which had been absent from Volvo's lineup since 2003. The C70 is offered with a normally-aspirated gasoline engine with variable geometry turbocharger and common-rail direct injection.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in the United States recently conducted its first crash tests of several convertibles and designated the C70 a "Top Safety Pick".

Safety systems include a door-mounted side impact protection inflatable which inflates upward when activated. The curtain has an extra stiff construction with double rows of slats that are slightly offset from each other. This allows them to remain upright and offer effective head protection even with the window open. The curtain also deflates slowly to provide protection should the car roll over. This is a unique solution in the automotive world.

The C70 retractable hardtop also features a roll over protection structure (ROPS) with two pyrotechnically charged roll hoops hidden behind the rear seats that deploy under roll-over conditions whether the roof is retracted or not.


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Volvo Cars road car timeline, 1990s–present
Type 1990s 2000s 2010s
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Small family car 440/460    
480   C30  
340/360   S40/V40 S40/V50 V40
Compact executive car   S60/V70 S60/V60
240 850 S70/V70  
Executive car 740 940 S80 S80/V70  
760 960 S90/V90   S90/V90
Sports saloon    850 T-5R/R S70 R/V70 R S60 T5/V70 T5 S60 R/V70 R  
Coupé 780   C70 C70  
Crossover utility vehicle   XC40
  V70XC XC70 XC70  
   XC90 XC90

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