I remember getting my first ride in a V70R that a colleague had picked up new a few years ago. With 5 "adults" packed into the interior it offered a surprising amount of forward thrust -- not the frenetic immediacy of something like an Evo or STI, but a nice wall of torque and passing power in any gear -- closer in performance to a B5 S4 than the winged rally boys. When new the V70R cost its owner something near $50k, but 10 years later you can pick one up for a fraction of the original MSRP. Find this 2007 Volvo V70R here on eBay bidding for $6,200 with 5 days to go. Tip from MB.
The V70R wasn't the first time the R letter was fixed to the back of a boxy wagon, but this was one of the first times that Volvo sold one with a manual gearbox and all-wheel-drive together for the US market. Volvo also added some fancy interior treatments and dinner plate sized Brembo brakes for good measure.
The trick to the V70R's Clark Kent to Superman transformation lives under the hood -- it is a 2.5 liter inline-5 that is boosted with a small 3K turbocharger to make 300 horsepower, but equally impressive is the 295 ft-lbs of torque available at 1950 rpm. If Clark Kent ever needs to pull a tree stump from his yard, this is the Volvo he should use.
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