Saturday, June 21, 2014

10k: Swedish Lead Sled: 2006 Volvo S60R 6-Speed

Tipper Brian P sent us a link for a salvage-title, high-mile 2004 Volvo V70R 6-spd Wagon, but the listing was canceled by the seller (off ebay sale?) before we had a chance to feature it.  With the taste of a 300 horsepower, all-wheel-drive, 6-speed manual Volvo still fresh in my mind, I headed off to ebay to find another hit.  Find this 2006 Volvo S60R 6-Speed offered for $12,975 or best offer on ebay with 14 days to go, located in Opa-Locka, FL.

The S60R sedan might not have the same cool factor as the V70R wagon, but they share a drivetrain and are very similar in purpose, design and execution, with the notable exception of rear storage space.  The S60R is a fun family sedan that errs on the side of luxury and usability instead of raw performance.

The S60R (and V70R) is powered by a 2.5 liter inline-5 cylinder transverse mounted engine that puts out 300 horsepower and 300 ft-lbs of torque.  The S60R makes a decent competitor to the Audi S6 and S4 from the same era, but will be a bit soft compared to track ready machines like the STi and Evo.

The interior of the S60R is well equipped, which translates to a 3700 lb curb weight, not a lightweight, but still a few hundred pounds shy of the contemporary sport offerings from Audi and Mercedes-Benz.  The coolest feature of the R must be the blue gauges, closely followed by the spherical plastic shifter boot setup.

See another way to go fast in a family sized Volvo?


  1. Was always partial to the wagons myself like this

  2. My wife drove one of these with the slushbox as her daily driver for a few years. The AWD was great in the snow in Michigan. However, acceleration was an on / off switch and the turning circle was that of a small bus.


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