(from Volvo Press
Release) Hot on the heels of the introduction of Volvo's
first V8 engine at the 2004 Paris International Auto Show, Volvo
Cars of North America, LLC (VCNA) is proud to present the
eye-grabbing XC90 PUV at this year's Specialty Equipment
Manufacturers Association (SEMA) tradeshow in Las Vegas, Nevada.
And there may be no better place to show the audacious Swede than
Las Vegas. Covered in a luscious racing red paint scheme, the Volvo
XC90 PUV will keep the drivers of high-end European exotic cars
glancing in their rearview mirrors.
"This was such a fun concept," noted Vic Doolan, President and CEO
of VCNA, "that we just had to do it. It could possibly be the
ultimate Volvo. It has all the safety that Volvo is known for with
the looks and performance of an exotic car." But a concept it will
remain as neither VCNA nor the Volvo Car Corporation may ever offer
anything like the XC90 PUV. Noted Doolan, "This is just to get the
juices flowing; to draw attention from those who may not have
considered Volvo before."
Pushing the "Next Generation SUV"
to the Next Level
Once you get past the
XC90 PUV's aggressive stance and fully customized body enhancements,
a true beast lurks within. Still a work in progress, the XC90 PUV is
slated to eventually achieve a whopping 650 horsepower through the
use of a massive supercharger, revised engine mapping and low
restriction exhaust. That power is routed through a modified version
of Volvo's Haldex electronically controlled all-wheel-drive system.
The system is "pre-charged" meaning that power may be instantly
routed to the wheel with the most traction. A new 6-speed automatic
"Geartonic" transmission rounds out the driveline.
Right out of the box, the production Volvo XC90 V8 has the makings
of purebred performer. With 311 horsepower and 325 ft.-lb. or torque
at a low 3,900 rpm the Volvo XC90 reinforces its position as one of
the most successful SUV models in the premium segment.
The new V8 engine marks a new turning-point in Volvo Cars’ history.
It is the first V8 the company has produced since it was founded in
1927, and the Volvo XC90 is the first model to be powered by the new
engine. One absolute requirement for the new V8 engine was that it
had to be installed transversely in the engine compartment, just
like all other Volvo engines.
“A transverse engine is helpful in maintaining the frontal crumple
zones in the XC90 and thus not compromise on protective safety,”
says Hans Wikman. For this reason, extremely compact external
dimensions were essential for the new engine. This also explains the
choice of just 60 degrees between the two banks of cylinders – as
opposed to the more conventional 90 degrees.
V8 tailor-made for the XC90
In order to maintain
overall compactness, all the ancillary units such as the alternator
are fitted directly onto the engine itself without any
space-stealing brackets. The starter motor is fitted above the
transmission for the same reason. Additionally, the exhaust
camshafts are driven by secondary chains running off the inlet
camshafts, saving additional space.
The left-hand cylinder bank is offset half a cylinder ahead of the
right bank, contradicting normal practice in the automotive world –
so the engine can slot neatly into the structural beam network of
the XC90 and thus enhance collision safety. “We’ve tailored this V8
specifically for the XC90,” confirms Hans Wikman. The result is a V8
that is just 29.7 inches long and 24.9 inches wide – the most
compact on the market compared to engines of equivalent volume.
As a result of these compact dimensions and the fact that both the
block and cylinder head are cast in aluminum, Volvo’s new V8 weighs
just 418 pounds – an important consideration when aiming for low
Exotic Car Styling in an SUV
Riding a full two inches
lower than a production XC90, the PUV's extraordinary styling is
highlighted by it racy red paint scheme. With a nod to the super
cars of Italy, the XC90 PUV sits squarely on its 9-inch wide ultra
high-performance alloy wheels. The Pirelli P-Zero Assimetrico tires
are 275/40-ZR20s front and rear.
Up front is an ultra deep front airdam with a wide-mouth opening
that helps to channel cool air into the engine compartment and the
supercharger's intercooler. Fared into the front fascia are small,
high intensity foglamps. Air slips smoothly around the PUV's front
end and over the ultra-wide, custom fabricated wheel arches. Deep
cuts at the rear of the side sills direct air around the tires to
the 13-inch floating rear brakes, shod with 4-piston calipers. Brake
duty up front is handled by 15-inch floating discs with 8-piston
Around back, the rear valance smoothly integrates the custom
fabricated quad exhaust tips. Tinted windows, tail lamps and head
lamps and body color rearview mirrors round out the cosmetic touches
to the XC90 PUV.
Volvo XC90 PUV is a Collaborative
With the production XC90
V8 supplied by VCNA, the custom fabrication and design was handled
by Aria Group, Inc. Aria Group is a design, engineering and
manufacturing company servicing a broad spectrum of clients from its
Southern California office. The company offers a wide range of
services to meet the demands of any product development or
manufacturing project. Aria Group's team of specialists combines
experience with the latest technologies to ensure all projects are
planned, managed and executed professionally while exceeding the
client's expectations. Aria Group is continually seeking and
implementing new technologies and project management techniques to
compliment its core strengths of innovation and superior customer
service. To find out more about Aria Group visit our website at
VCNA provides marketing, sales, service, technology and training to
Volvo automobile retailers in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Puerto
Rico. For more information on specific production vehicles or
special vehicles please refer to the Volvo Cars of North America,
LLC public relations website at: www.volvocars-pr.com.