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1986-1995 VOLVO 480 ES/Turbo specifications


As a belated successor to the 1800ES, the quirky 480ES echoed its predecessor’s frameless glass hatchback but, from the front, looked like no Volvo before. The design was a dramatic and sleek wedge with pop-up headlamps and a tiny Volvo-badged grille hiding under the front bumper. Front-wheel-drive was a first for the marque and there were faddish features such as door pillar-mounted locks and an electronic information centre. 1721cc and 1998cc engines featured and there was a turbocharged version from 1989. An oddball in the Volvo canon but an intriguing creation.

Production

  • Production:
    80,463
  • Price at launch:
    £10,850
  • Price (excellent)
    £1,250
  • Price (good):
    £1,000
  • Price (average):
    £500
  • Price (project):
    £200

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    8.6secs
  • Top speed:
    124.0mph
  • Power:
    120.0bhp
  • Torque:
    129.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    30.0mpg

Engine

  • Configuration:
    in-line four
  • Aspiration:
    Turbocharged
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    electronic fuel injection

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, MacPherson strut, coil spring
  • Suspension Rear:
    Watt linkage, Panhard rod, coil spring, anti-roll bar
  • Steering:
    rack and pinion
  • Bodyframe:
    metal monocoque
  • Transmission:
    Five-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    4258mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2502mm
  • Width:
    1710mm
  • Height:
    1318mm
  • Weight:
    900kgs

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