How the Volvo Xc90 Got Its V8

By: Glady Reign

The Volvo XC90, since its introduction to the market, has been a success story for the Ford Motor Co. owned brand - the Sweden-based car manufacturer Volvo. Its cutting edge design and its package of safety systems makes this model a sure hit for buyers. While power from its engine is enough for the normal demands on it, competitors in its class continually raise the bar when it comes to power and the company is developing new concepts and design for their engines to cope up. A solution is needed in order for the company to be a serious competitor in the crossover SUV market which is showing no sign of slowing down in spite of expectations against it doing so.

The acquisition of Ford Motor Company of the brand proved invaluable in finding the solution to the power problem that the company is facing - that is power in their cars. The original engines employed by the Volvo XC90 are a 2.5-liter in-line, five-cylinder engine with 208 horsepower; and a 2.6-liter in-line, six-cylinder turbocharged engine with an output of 268 horsepower. Both designs are compact and could easily fit into the car's ample engine compartment. However, the problem is that the Volvo XC90 is larger and heavier than other Volvo cars which employs the same engines. The power produced by both engine even the souped up six-cylinder one is just enough to give the car decent acceleration and speed, and this shortage of power is being exploited by its competitor which uses much bigger engines thus having more power.

While increasing turbo boost can significantly increase power, it would not work with the Volvo XC90 given its size. Its towing capacity will also be reduced to make sure that the turbocharger will not be overworked. Using a bigger engine is also an option, using a V8 engine just like its competitors would surely increase the vehicle's power but a problem arises again. A big V8 engine would not fit in the car's compartment which is designed to accommodate in-line engines. This is where the Ford Motor Company comes in. Its extensive resources will give the Volvo model the V8 engine it needs for more power.

A Ford car once used an unusual V8 which was designed based on Ford's Duratec V6. This V8 engine is unusual since it uses a 60-degree angle between the two banks unlike most V8s which uses a 90-degree angle for balance. This production of the engine was discontinued since it has low sales. The engine produced 237 horsepower which will be no improvement to the original turbocharged in-line six-cylinder but the design of the engine can be used to develop a larger engine. And this is what the company did, joining forces with Yamaha, and they have produced a 4.4-liter V8 engine which gives 43 more horses than the original engine.

The uniquely designed V8 is a great step for the company; they now have more power to hide under the hood of their Volvo XC90, and along with it come a wide array of reliable parts like the which makes sure that all 8 cylinders will fire on their proper order. The development of the V8 for the Volvo XC90 is a great leap forward for the company, with it the Volvo XC90 has become a serious competitor in its class.

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