Want a V8 Volvo that sounds like an AMG? Step this way.
A YouTube user in Poland has posted video of his 2007 4.4-litre V8-powered S80 with straight pipes.
True, the pipes aren’t straight the whole way (and these videos are a year old) but user V-Told is still working away on his custom system. And did post a video without any mufflers at all.
“This is what it sounds like with everything after first catalytic converters removed,” he says. “Insane sound, lacks deep tones though.”
In a sense it’s not surprising, as the S80’s B8444S V8 is the same one in the Volvo V8 Supercar.
That engine, though, is obviously mounted north-south and rear-drive. The road car’s is east-west, and hooked up to an all-wheel drive system.
The road car has a lot less power, 232kW and 440Nm, but with this custom set-up sounds better than most bog-stock V8 Commodore we’ve tested.
It was at 2:50 in this video we had to pause to check if any V8 S80s were for sale.
Two custom mufflers with “very, very little soundproofing material” are all that sits between a nice bellow and tinnitus.
“This exhaust will be further modified so I expect some more videos to come,” said V-Told a month ago.
We’ll be watching – or listening, more like it.
(And by the way, V8 S80s were $95,950 brand new. There’s one for $17K in South Oz with 180,000km.)