2. Volvo 340s and 360s are popular in the UK drift scene due to their light weight, great handling (when modified), and excellent weight distribution thanks to their rear-mounted gearboxes.
2. Volvo 340s use Renault engines, and 360s use ‘red block’ Volvo engines, so fitting Renault 5 Turbo and Clio 16V engines to 340s, and big Volvo turbo engines to 360s, is surprisingly easy.
7. The Volvo 262C was a special, ultra-posh Volvo coupé designed by Bertone. With lower roofline than standard and a higher price tag than a Jaguar XJS, it didn’t sell well, but it’s very different and very pimp.
8. The successor to the 262C was the Volvo 780, a special 2door coupe based on the Volvo 740s we all know. Again it was designed by Bertone but was a little less extreme than the 262C, with just a 1cm roof chop, and lesslike a pimp’s car.
9. Some Volvo 760s were actually sold with an awesome and very tweakable 200bhp 2ltr 16V turbo engine. They came with a Cosworth designed head, forged crank, and forged pistons. Good luck finding one, though!
10. Volvos have a reputation of being big, heavy buses, but that’s not really true. They are strong, but even big Volvo 740s weigh no more than a Nissan 200SX, and Volvo 340s weigh less than most modern hot hatches!