The introduction of the two-door Volvo C70 in 1997 signaled a company-wide body-shift towards a shapelier, rounded, sculpted aesthetic. Developed over a period of over two years, it brought together a trio of automotive artists and experts: British designer Peter Horbury, Mexican designer Jose Diaz de la Vega, and the Tom Walkinshaw Racing team. Available as either a coupe or a soft-top convertible, it was equipped with two choices of five-cylinder engines with the buyer’s option for either an automatic or manual transmission. Drawing power from either a 190 hp or a 236 hp turbocharged inline engine, it was decently robust but not the powertrain standout in its class as were some of its competitors of the time.
Body styles: coupe, convertible
Engines: 2.3-liter five-cylinder, 2.4-liter five-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Volvo C70 HT, Volvo C70 SE HT, Volvo V70 LT, Volvo V70 HT
The 2001 Volvo C70 dropped the Coupe light-pressure turbo (LPT) from the lineup. Other minor alterations/changes include an optional five-speed automatic transmission, and 16-inch alloy wheels, while an armful of some standard interior equipment is moved over into the optional category: trip computer, auto-dimming rearview mirror, simulated wood trim, leather upholstery and sunroof. It's all available on the Grand Touring package.
The 2001 Volvo C70 is all about the curves. The traditional boxy design that was common for so long is replaced by an array of smooth and curvaceous exterior lines that extend across the entire frame. With a curb weight approaching 3400 pounds, it comes with a rear window and defogger, front/rear fog lights, and a standard line of tires available as 16-, 17-, or 18-inch wheels that can be installed with rubber. With eight exterior color tones choose, it also sits atop a wheelbase that’s 105 inches.
The four-passenger 2001 Volvo C70 is stylishly fitted but a tad cramped with the rear cabin difficult to get in and out of despite the sliding front seats. Some of the standard equipment across the trims include AC, heated power mirrors, remote keyless entry, cruise control, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, an eight-way power driver’s seat with memory and an eight-way power passenger’s seat. With leather upholstery standard in the convertibles, heated front seats are an option, while there’s an accessory wind blocker available for the convertible trim.
Performance & Handling
The 2001 Volvo C70 coupe comes equipped with a solitary engine and a 2.3-liter, five-cylinder turbo that’s good for 236 hp and 244 lb-ft of torque. The convertible trims gets an added engine option that’s a bit more sedated, the 2.4-liter, five-cylinder turbo that delivers 190 hp and 199 lb-ft of torque.
The 2001 Volvo C70 offer standard safety features that include dual two-stage front airbags, side airbags for front passengers, three-point seat belts at all four positions, a rollover protection system (ROPS) for the convertibles, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, front/rear height adjustable headrests with whiplash protection with traction/stability control as options across three of the four trims except the SE HT version.
EPA Fuel Economy
Volvo C70 2.3-liter five-cylinder: 18/26 mpg city/highway
Volvo C70 2.4-liter five-cylinder: 18/25 mpg city/highway
- Spunky engine options
- Plenty of safety features
- Ditto for on-board comfort options
You Won't Like
- Steering’s a bit tough at the higher RPMs
- Sticker price can rise fast with the more amenities packed on
An attractive quick-footed coupe/convertible that comes loaded with lots of safety features.
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