The tuner's stage three engine package has also been utilized and includes a larger Mitsubishi 18t turbocharger, ipd/MTE ECU, TME three-inch downpipe and sport exhaust. Boost levels have been raised from 9.7 psi to a heady 14.5 psi; while this could spell disaster for many engines, the Volvo's powerplant was designed to be force-fed.

By itself, ipd's stage three is good for 285 hp (from stock 236) and 290 lb-ft of torque (from stock 243). The company continued Volvo's development with an R-spec exhaust manifold, a reverse-flow intercooler kit and an Aquamist water/methanol injection system. Unlike more modern turbo systems, this takes a while to spool up. However, when its larger turbo unleashes (at 3700 rpm) you'd best have a firm grip on the steering wheel. Its powerband hits like a hammer and continues until 6600 rpm.

In addition to bold graphics and screaming red paint, ipd fitted an R-spec front bumper cap that flows into a color-coded ipd grille. The tail is crowned with an Oingal rear hatch spoiler, a rather understated piece of aerodynamic kit.

This car loves to stretch its legs and deserted pieces of freeway see it breaching ridiculous speed. Its inherently good aerodynamics make it a bullet-train of a vehicle, both smooth and quiet.

It's not bad on the twisties, either, although the smooth leather seats don't hold backsides very well. It takes skill to keep up with the S40, but that's part of this car's appeal. Keep the powerband in the boost and it's seriously quick.

"V70s have gotten very affordable," says ipd's Scott Hart. "Five to seven grand can put you in a great car, one we can build up according to fairly stringent budgets."

For more than 20 years we have looked to ipd for the best in Volvo tuning hardware. These cars remind us why. Now, about our 122

1998 VOLVO
V70 T5
*Layout
Transverse front engine, front-wheel drive

*Engine
2.3-liter in-line five, dohc, 20-valve, ipd/MTE software, Mitsubishi 18T turbo, TME downpipe and exhaust, R-spec exhaust manifold, Aquamist water injection, ipd intercooler plumbing

*Transmission
Five-speed manual

Suspension
KW Variant II coilovers, ipd anti-roll bars and strut tower brace, QBM A-arm bushings and rear chassis brace

*Brakes
ipd 13-inch rotors and Porsche calipers (f), ipd 13-inch rotors and R-spec calipers (r)
*Wheels and Tires
Heico Volution, 8x18
Pirelli P Zero Corsa, 225/40

*Exterior
R-spec front bumper, ipd sport grille, Oingal rear hatch spoiler

*Interior
ipd door lock pins and gauge pod, VDO boost gauge, Equus air/fuel gauge, DDS3 Aquamist display, Heico pedal pads, Momo shift knob, Tire Spy pressure monitoring system

*Performance
Peak Power: 285 hp
Peak Torque: 290 lb-ft

SOURCE
ipd USA
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