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VOLVO S60 R - 2003 - AWD swap px why R6 ZX6R CBR600RR GSXR600 Fireblade Ninja
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Used: An item that has been previously used. See the seller’s listing for full details and description of ... Read moreabout the condition
Year: 2003
Transmission: Semi-Automatic Manufacturer: Volvo
Fuel: Petrol Model: S60
Power: 300 Doors: 5
Seats: 5 Colour: Black
Drive Side: Right-hand drive Metallic Paint: Yes
Previous Owners: 3 Reg. Date: 27/06/2003
Safety Features: 4-Wheel Drive, Alarm, Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS), Driver Airbag, Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Immobiliser, Passenger Airbag, Rear seat belts, Safety Belt Pretensioners, Side Airbags, Xenon headlights Mileage: 107,500
Exterior: Alloy Wheels, Catalytic Converter, Rear Spoiler Engine Size: 2,521
Interior/Comfort Options: Air Conditioning, Climate Control, Cruise Control, Electric heated seats, Leather Seats, Parking Sensors, Power-assisted Steering (PAS), Power Locks, Power Seats, Power Windows, Sunroof, Tilt Steering Wheel MOT Expiry: 08/2013
In-Car Audio: AM/FM Stereo, CD Multichanger, CD Player, Premium Sound System Road Tax: 02/2014
Type: Sports, All wheel drive
You are bidding for my Volvo S60 R ! ! !

Please be aware that this is not a run-of-mill Volvo but a very high performance executive saloon. It is NOT for the faint-hearted...

Volvo sold and marketed this model to compete with the BMW M3 of the early noughties with limited success and as such it is a relatively rare car. I have not seen another one on the road since I bought this in December 2012. It has been entirely reliable for me in that time with no breakdowns or major mechanical faults at all. It certainly makes a difference to driving a highly-modified French hatchback which was in the garage every couple of weeks...

The only money I have had to spend (apart from fuel, insurance and road tax) was for a full set of tyres just after purchase (£620) and all the consumables for a full service in April along with the thermostat in the last couple of weeks. It's quite a shock to the system after driving hot hatchbacks for the last 9 years.

I would like to keep the car but a change in work circumstances has forced my hand and after 8 months of ownership I can no longer afford to run her. It's a shame as it is without doubt the most comfortable and reliable car I have ever driven. It can pootle around in the morning rush hour or absolutely terrify you with its phenomenal grip on a track day if that's your cup of tea. Those familiar with the R series Volvos will know about the Active Chassis Settings and near supercar performance that can make you kiss goodbye to a clean drivers licence!

I could go on and on about what a great car it is but that would be pointless... You are reading this listing because you know exactly what these cars are about. If you don't but are intrigued, and want to know some of the finer details, I have copied this from the wikipedia page;

First introduced in 2004, Volvo's S60 R used a Haldex all-wheel-drive system mated to a 300 PS (221 kW; 296 hp) / 400 N·m (300 lbf·ft) inline-5. The 2004–2005 models came with a 6-speed manual transmission, or an available 5-speed automatic which allowed only 258 lb·ft (350 N·m) torque in 1st and 2nd gears. The 2006–2007 models came with a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission (which was no longer torque neutered).[9]

Other aspects which set the R apart from standard S60s were the large Brembo front and rear four-piston brakes, 18-inch 5-spoke "Pegasus" wheels (available as an upgrade to the standard 17" wheels of the same design), blue faced "R" gauges, standard HIDheadlights, as well as the Four-C suspension system.

Four-C (a short name for "Continuously Controlled Chassis Concept") allows the user to select from three modes: Comfort, Sport, and Advanced. "Comfort" attempts to soften the car over bumps, while "Advanced" firms the suspension considerably and gives more aggressive throttle response - a setting Volvo implies is for use on the race track. This is accomplished through a drive by wire throttle, allowing the same pedal travel to result in different performance when the appropriate mode is selected,[10] electronically-controlled shock absorbers that can adjust themselves 500 times a second, and a complex series of sensors throughout the body of the vehicle. Volvo collaborated with high-tech system developer Ohlins Racing AB and shock absorber manufacturer Monroe for the self-adjusting shock absorbers.[11]

The Rs had three interior color options: Nordkap (metallic dark blue), Gobi (light tan metallic) and a R-only leather option; Atacama, available for an additional charge. It was an unpainted, orangey-coloured natural leather with a baseball glove thickness and feel.

The small trunk lid spoiler that was standard on the S60 R created a 20% increased downforce at the rear wheels at high speeds compared to the standard S60s. The S60 Rs have a 0.29 coefficient of drag, compared to the standard S60's 0.28, due to the larger lower front bumper spoiler to support the secondary intercooler.

Another Volvo factory option for only the S60 R was a body kit which included front bumper splitters, side skirts and a rear valance, color matched to the body. The body kit was only available with certain body colors and in certain markets.

The S60 R continued the tradition of "R" cars for Volvo beginning in 1995 with the introduction of the 850 T-5 R.

Top Gear reviewed the car in episode 9[12] of series 2. They panned the overly complicated and intrusive traction control system, and it set a slow lap time of 1:35.0. But they also found it to be very comfortable and civilised. They recommended the Volvo V70 instead. Jeremy Clarkson noted "More like a miniature version of the Rolls-Royce Phantom than a serious competitor to the BMW M3."

As I have already mentioned I would like to keep the car but I can no longer afford to do so. So bid away and she is all yours!

It should be noted that the bodywork suffered in the hands of the previous owner as it was keyed on the bonnet and nearside doors. Some attempt was made to repair the scratches but in my opinion it has only made them more noticeable. There are also some light scratches on the bootlid. I did intend to get these sorted but I have now run out of time and the opportunity to do so. I have taken photos of the damage so there are no surprises for the new owner. Also one of the alloy wheels was repaired for a hairline crack this week but they could do with a refurb to be honest.

Please ask if you have any questions but note that I will not entertain tyre-kickers or wannabe stigs chancing it for a test drive! 
Bank transfer or cash on collection ONLY

Thanks for looking and good luck!

I may consider a swap/PX for a decent sportsbike. If you don't ask, you don't get so try me! 07852 218 292 - Jay

On 21-Aug-13 at 17:55:14 BST, seller added the following information:

MOT passed with flying colours today 21/08/13

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