This is not my first Volvo. Itís not my first P2R and not even my first blue Volvo wagon. But this car is very special.
My son Jake and I recently completed a build on his 854 Platinum (although project cars are never done). Featuring a B5254T4 engine swap with COP and dual VVT control, M56, R brakes and coilovers, this car is an absolute blast to drive....but itís his car and I donít get a chance to drive it very often.
Check out the build thread here: https://forums.swedespeed.com/showth...ject-aka-S850R
My current daily driver is a Ď17 VW GTI. Itís an incredible machine that is powerful, handles like a slot car, and gets 35 mpg. But it doesnít have the sound of a 5 cylinder or the character of an older Volvo. I was thinking of finding another nice P80 to build but knew it had to be a wagon. The P2 VRs were intriguing as well but seemed to be few and far between to find.
A few weeks ago the state of Michigan started to lift some of the covid restrictions and I took Jakes Platinum to a local Cars & Coffee as he was out of town. I was talking with a fellow Volvo enthusiast (who happens to own a Flashacama S60R and V70R!). He mentioned that he recently picked up a Sonic V70R but wanted to sell it to fund a 855 project he was planning. Sonic Blue seemed a little flashy for me but once I saw it I fell in love. Iím now the proud owner of a Sonic VR.
Me stopping for gas on the way home.
Another car to the fleet!