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Thursday, September 08, 2011

Volvo Kills V8

So I'm a few months late, but I just now noticed that for 2012, Volvo is no longer offering the Yamaha sourced narrow bank V8 (4.4L, 311HP) on the XC90.  It was available in 2011, offering a dismal EPA fuel economy of 16MPG combined.

I never liked the idea of Volvo selling a V8.  Volvo has for many years been known for inline engines (I5 and I6), often hopped up with turbos.  This allowed them to stretch for performance without giving up too much fuel economy.  

The last Volvo I owned was a naturally aspirated I5.  It wasn't quick, but it got the job done, and I was able ot average around 26MPG around town.

1 comment:

Volvo Los Angeles said...

I agree that it's a good idea that Volvo is not going for the V8. I think their demographic is mainly concerned with safety first and then efficiency. People who want tons of power are more likely to buy a Bmw or Benz AMG.