Cologne Street Sightings: Volvo 740 Turbo Intercooler

How do you make a rear-wheel-drive, brick Volvo cooler? You slap a turbo on it, and if you happen to be Volvo themselves, I congratulate you on creating a really neat-looking, sharp-edged ship while you were at it.
This German-registered, metallic black Volvo 740 Turbo has had some aerodynamic improvements mounted at the factory, and they serve to improve the looks a lot – period correct style.

The Volvo was spotted on the Cologne street by a friend of Hooniverse, Joe, who often gets his phone camera out in time to catch some cool classics.
The facelift version was only sold from 1990 to 1992, before getting replaced by the 940. The turbo version here uses a Mitsubishi turbo charger instead of the earlier Garrett unit, and produces 162 horsepower.
Volvo really liked to badge the car the way any onlooker would get the message quickly.
Inside, there’s black leather and an automatic gearshift.
Directional five-spoke wheels complete the look. The Volvo hasn’t been the most obvious choice for a company car in Germany, 1990, but it’s stood out from the sea of W124s.
[Images: Joe W]

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  1. Fred Talmadge Avatar
    Fred Talmadge

    Ah the digital sounds coming from a cassette adapter.

  2. wunno sev Avatar
    wunno sev

    i’ve never been big on the boxier RWD volvos, for some reason, or at least never as attracted to them as to the FWD models and the earlier RWD cars up to (and including) the 140.
    but there was a black 940 Turbo i used to see around Pittsburgh that just blew my mind every time i saw it. it looked like a tuxedo on wheels. black interior with the wood trim? ugh. it was fantastic and i could never tear my eyes away. the attractiveness of volvos, like mercedes-benzes, seems to depend pretty heavily on things like wheels and trim, and when they get it right they really Get It Right.

  3. dead_elvis Avatar

    Eh, I could do without the spoiler & skirts, and those wheels rank among my least favorite offered on the 7 series.
    Never seen skirts/rocker trim sporting the “740 Turbo” before. Maybe that was a Euro-only option?

  4. Sjalabais Avatar

    I just very recently learned that American Volvistas prefer the spring-loaded automatic in Turbos – you can make it shift very quickly, apparently. I boldly claimed that this was not a preference in hand control Europe. Prices for automatic cars are regularly lower than similar manuals, so the market has spoken, right?
    +1 on the skirts undermining a very straight design.

  5. DClan Avatar

    Was never big on Volvo’s, but I gotta say, this one seems to have some chutzpah.

  6. Frank Avatar


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