|Volvo C70 Convertible|
Pininfarina Sverige AB
P80: 1997–2004 (1st generation)
P1: 2006–2013 (2nd generation)
|Body and chassis|
The Volvo C70 is a two-door, four-passenger compact manufactured and marketed by Volvo from 1997 to 2013 across two generations.
- 1 First generation (1997–2004)
- 2 Second generation (2006–2013)
- 3 See also
- 4 References
- 5 External links
First generation (1997–2004)
|Production||1997–2004 (approx. 70,000 units)
1997-2002 C70 coupé
1998-2004 C70 convertible
|Model years||1997–2002 C70 coupé
1998–2005 C70 convertible
José Luis Diaz de la Vega (interior)
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||2-door cabriolet
|Layout||Front engine, front-wheel drive|
|Platform||Volvo P80 platform|
|Transmission||5-speed Volvo M56 manual,
4-speed Aisin AW50-42LE automatic,
5-speed Aisin AW55-50SN automatic
|Wheelbase||1998–1999 Coupe: 104.7 in (2,659 mm)
1998–2002 Convertible & 2000–2002 Coupe: 2660 mm (104.9 in)
2003–2005: 105.0 in (2,667 mm)
|Length||1997–2002: 4720 mm (185.7 in)
2003–2005: 4,724 mm (186.0 in)
|Width||1,820 mm (71.7 in)|
|Height||1998–1999 Coupe: 55.7 in (1,415 mm)
1430 mm (56.3 in)
|Kerb weight||1,499–1,547 kg (3,305–3,411 lb)(coupé)
1,625–1,675 kg (3,583–3,693 lb) (convertible)
Volvo unveiled the first generation C70 at the 1996 Paris Motor Show, followed by introducing it on the european market as a 1997 model, and a year later as a 1998 model in North America. — with 2.0 (sold mostly in Italy), a low-pressure turbo (2.4L) and a high-pressure turbo (2.0L and 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 and was Volvo's first luxury coupe since the 780. 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 scuttle 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, allowing noticeable vibration, shudder or chassis-flexing into the passenger compartment.
Early special editions featured two-tone leather interior with wood trim and a SC-901 (1998) Dolby Pro Logic I stereo with 3-disc integrated changer unit (via a cartridge) 400 watts of power and 11 high end Dynaudio speakers.
First generation models
The C70 was introduced to the press in a signature color (saffron pearl 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. The total number of cars produced with the signature saffron pearl metallic paint was reportedly 145  There was no 2005 model C70 in North America, the 2004 left over models were sold into 2005 there. 72,000 first generation C70s were produced in the seven years up to 2006, fewer than 50,000 were convertibles.
Of the 72,000 first generation C70s produced worldwide only 603 had the 2.3 liter engine with high pressure turbo (T5) and the M56 5-speed manual transmission ("T5M"). Only 135 of the C70 T5M coupes made it to the US market. 
Volvo Modular Engine (Petrol)
|Model||Engine code||Year(s)||Power||Torque @rpm||Displacement||Comment|
|2.5 20V||B5254S||1999||170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp)||220 N·m (160 lb·ft) @3300||2,435 cc (148.6 in3)||Coupé|
|2.4 20V||B5244S||2000||170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp)||220 N·m (160 lb·ft) @3300||2,435 cc (148.6 in3)||Coupé
|2.0T||B5204T2||1998-2000||180 PS (132 kW; 178 hp)||240 N·m (180 lb·ft) @1800||1,984 cc (121.1 in3)||Coupé
|2.0T||B5204T4||2000–2004||180 PS (132 kW; 178 hp)||240 N·m (180 lb·ft) @1800||1,984 cc (121.1 in3)||Coupé
|2.5T||B5254T||1998-1999||193 PS (142 kW; 190 hp)||270 N·m (200 lb·ft) @1800||2,435 cc (148.6 in3)||Coupé
|2.4T||B5244T||2000–2002||193 PS (142 kW; 190 hp)||270 N·m (200 lb·ft) @1800||2,435 cc (148.6 in3)||Coupé
|2.4T||B5244T7||2002–2004||193 PS (142 kW; 190 hp)||270 N·m (200 lb·ft) @1800||2,435 cc (148.6 in3)||Convertible|
|T5 (2.0)||B5204T3||1998-2002||230 PS (169 kW; 227 hp)||310 N·m (230 lb·ft) @2700||1,984 cc (121.1 in3)||Coupé
|T5 (2.3)||B5234T3||1998-2002||240 PS (177 kW; 237 hp)||330 N·m (240 lb·ft) @2700||2,319 cc (141.5 in3)||Coupé
|T5 (2.3)||B5234T9||2003-2004||250 PS (184 kW; 247 hp)||330 N·m (240 lb·ft) @2700||2,319 cc (141.5 in3)||Convertible|
Second generation (2006–2013)
Pininfarina Sverige AB
|Production||2006–2013 (89,074 units)|
|Designer||Steve Mattin Senior Vice President of Design – Volvo Cars,
Fedde Talsma design manager,
John Kinsey designer,
Tony Pettman (interior)
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||2-door coupé convertible|
|Layout||Front engine, front-wheel drive|
|Platform||Volvo P1 platform|
|Engine||2.4L 125 kW (170 PS; 168 hp) I5
2.5L 162 kW (220 PS; 217 hp) I5 turbo charged petrol
2.5L 223 hp (166 kW; 226 PS) I5 turbo charged petrol
2.5L 230 hp (172 kW; 233 PS) I5 turbo charged petrol
2.4L 132.5 kW (180 PS; 178 hp) I5 turbo Diesel (in Europe)
2.0L 100 kW (136 PS; 134 hp) I4 turbo Diesel (in Europe)
|Transmission||5-speed Volvo M56 manual,
6-speed Volvo M66 manual,
5-speed Aisin AW55-50SN automatic,
6-speed Aisin TF-80SC automatic
|Wheelbase||2,640 mm (103.9 in)|
|Length||2007–2010: 4,582 mm (180.4 in)
2011–2013: 4,613 mm (181.6 in)
|Width||2007–2010: 1,820 mm (71.7 in)
2011–2013: 1,834 mm (72.2 in)
|Height||1,400 mm (55.1 in)|
|Kerb weight||1,685–1,745 kg (3,715–3,847 lb) |
The second generation C70 model debuted at the 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show, sharing the Volvo S40 platform, designed by John Kinsey and built by Pininfarina Sverige AB — a joint venture between Pininfarina and Volvo (and the first time Pininfarina has manufactured outside Italy). The C70 retractable hardtop replaces its predecessors two models: both the convertible and the coupé, the latter which had been absent from Volvo's lineup since 2003. The retractable hardtop went on sale in the U.S. in spring 2006.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in the United States conducted its first crash tests of several convertibles, designating the C70 a "Top Safety Pick".
The three-section hardtop assembly, manufactured by Webasto, raises or lowers in under 30 seconds and includes a global window switch that allows simultaneous raising or lowering of all windows, and a button to power-activate the raising of the folded top stack within the trunk — specifically to increase access to cargo storage when the top is lowered.
Operation of the retractable hard top is possible only when the car is stationary and requires no extra space behind the car while the roof is being raised or lowered but requires a height clearance of six feet seven inches — and requires the driver to hold the console button for the full operation. The top features a fabric headliner that unfurls and is tensioned by wires as the roof moves into place, as well as mesh wind blocker that clips over the rear seats when driving with two front passengers. The blocker has zippered openings for parcel storage and folds in half for trunk stowage.
The trunk lid, which opens both in a rear-hinged mode to stow the folding roof as well as standard a front-hinged mode for luggage loading, is aluminum — while the three roof sections are steel. A trunk divider enables assessment of precisely how much can be loaded with the roof down. Trunk space is 13 cubic feet with the top raised and seven cubic feet with the top lowered.
A hatch in the backrest of the rear seat enables transport of long objects inside the car, e.g., skiis. Overall body rigidity is improved by approximately 15 percent when the roof is raised.
|Model||Engine code||Year(s)||Power||Torque @rpm||Displacement||Type!|
|2.4||B5244S2||2005–2009||140 PS (103 kW; 138 hp) @5000||220 N·m (162 lb·ft) @4000||2,435 cc (148.6 in3)||I5|
|2.4i||B5244S4||2005–2009||170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp) @6000||230 N·m (170 lb·ft) @4400||2,435 cc (148.6 in3)||I5|
|T5||B5254TX||2005–2007||220 PS (162 kW; 217 hp) @5000||320 N·m (236 lb·ft) @1500–4800||2,521 cc (153.8 in3)||I5 turbo|
|T5||B5254T7||2007–2013||230 PS (169 kW; 227 hp) @5000||320 N·m (236 lb·ft) @1500–5000||2,521 cc (153.8 in3)||I5 turbo|
with Polestar Performance Software*
|B5254T7||2007–2013||253 PS (186 kW; 250 hp) @5200||370 N·m (273 lb·ft) @1800–5200||2,521 cc (153.8 in3)||I5 turbo|
|Model||Engine code||Year(s)||Power||Torque @rpm||Displacement||Type|
|2.0D||D4204T||2007–2013||136 PS (100 kW; 134 hp) @4000||320 N·m (236 lb·ft) @2000||1,997 cc (121.9 in3)||I4 turbo|
|D5 (automatic)||D5244T8||2006–2013||180 PS (132 kW; 178 hp) @4000||350 N·m (258 lb·ft) @1750–3250||2,400 cc (146.5 in3)||I5 turbo|
|D5 (manual)||D5244T13||2006–2013||180 PS (132 kW; 178 hp) @4000||400 N·m (295 lb·ft) @2000–2750||2,400 cc (146.5 in3)||I5 turbo|
- Polestar performance update is available for vehicles with T5 engines, model year 2008 and newer.
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. Volvo featured this advancement in a copy of the "Volvo Saved My Life Club" brochures. There, a woman was able to walk away from an accident after she slid off an ice-covered mountain road and rolled her C70 which then slid more than 30 feet (9.1 m) down the mountain face.
As of 2006, production was increased from 16,000 annual units to 20,000.
2010 update / facelift
The new C70 includes a redesigned front end, new rear LED lamps, and a redesigned, wider instrument panel.
The engine and transmission remain the same as before, and the interior is largely unchanged as well. It went on sale in early 2010.
US model went on sale in 2010 as 2011 model year vehicle. Early model includes C70 T5.
C70 Inscription (2011–2013)
It is a limited (2,000 units a year) version of C70 with choice of three colours (Black Stone (Solid), Black Sapphire (Metallic) and Ice White (Solid)), 18-inch Midir wheels in black with polished spokes and outer perimeter, high-gloss paint on the grille and the LED Daytime Running Lights surrounded by contrasting chrome, an exclusive leather-covered dashboard with contrasting stitching, Sovereign Hide upholstery in Off Black or Calcite with the same contrasting stitching as on dashboard, handbrake lever and carpets; "Inscription" embroidered on the front headrests, special Inscription carpets and handbrake lever, steering wheel and gear shift knob with aluminium inlays, sports pedals with aluminium inlay, aluminium inlay in centre stack (optional Black or Nordic Light Oak)
The vehicle was unveiled in 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show, and went on sale beginning in November 2011.
North American model went on sale in the first quarter of 2012 in limited quantities (500 units in 2012), and includes T5 engine, Active dual Xenon headlights, rear spoilers, aluminium sport pedals.
2013 Volvo Special Edition C70 (2013)
It is a version of 2013 Volvo C70 for Canadian market with BLIS (Blindspot Information System), 18-inch Midir diamond-cut alloy rims, retractable side view mirrors, an integrated wind blocker, choice of 3 body colours (Ice White, Electric Silver, Ember Black), bespoke interiors swathed in Graphite Sovereign Hide, Cacao Sovereign Hide and Cranberry Leather; free option spare wheel kit containing a spare wheel Tempa Spare in trunk.
|T5 (230PS)||2009–2013||2,521 cc (154 cu in) I5 turbo (B5254T7)||230 PS (169 kW; 227 hp)@5000, 320 N·m (236 lb·ft)@1500–5000
with Polestar Performance Software: 253 PS (186 kW; 250 hp)@?, 370 N·m (273 lb·ft)@?
|D3||2009–2013||1,984 cc (121 cu in) I5 turbo (D5204T5)||150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp)@3500, 350 N·m (258 lb·ft)@1500–2750|
|D4||2009–2013||1,984 cc (121 cu in) I5 turbo (D5204T)||177 PS (130 kW; 175 hp)@3500, 400 N·m (295 lb·ft)@1750–2750|
Polestar performance update is available vehicles with T5 engine, model year 2008 and newer.
Production of C70 began in Volvo's joint-venture plant with Pininfarina Sverige in Uddevalla, Sweden began in 2005. On October 4, 2011 it was announced production would cease in 2013, following the termination of the joint venture. The last C70 rolled out of the Uddevalla assembly plant on June 25, 2013.
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