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Volvo XC90 4.4 V8 Ocean Race
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March 18, 2009 By Bartosz Grzybiński   
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The Volvo XC90 sports utility vehicle has for years successfully competed with rivals such as the Audi Q7, BMW X5, and Mercedes ML. This is largely thanks to the vehicle's appealing style and high safety and comfort level. But now the Swedish automaker is offering its customers something extra-the limited-edition Volvo XC90 Ocean Race version.

The Volvo Ocean Race is a major around-the-world sailboat race that is 37,000 nautical miles long and leads through five oceans. Volvo Open 70-class sailboats take part in the race.

The Volvo Cars company, which is the titular sponsor of the Volvo Ocean Race, has for years been launching special editions of cars inspired by the boat race. These limited-edition cars stand out with their body color, Ocean Blue or Electric Silver, combined with extensive equipment and metallic finishing materials that include chrome and aluminum.

The XC90 was unveiled during the Detroit Motor Show in January 2002. The massive silhouette of the car, the largest in the Volvo range, is a reference to the company's other models and is immediately recognizable. The body is stylistically appealing and underwent just a minor facelift three years ago that involved small details such as the shape of the headlights and bumpers.

The 4,798 mm Ocean Race version offers a spacious and functional interior. Five adult passengers can travel in the car in comfort, and if the need arises two more can be accommodated on optional third-row seats that can be folded down and hidden away in the floor. A luggage compartment of 483 liters is available. With the back seats folded down, its capacity increases to 1,835 l. The floor is flat thanks to which it is possible to carry objects up to 203 cm long. However, access to the luggage compartment is made slightly difficult by the fact that the load floor is quite high-83 cm above the ground.

The interior is spacious not only thanks to the large body and the 2,857 mm wheelbase, but also because the engine is transversely placed under the hood. The eight-cylinder gasoline Yamaha engine takes up little space, and its specifications will satisfy even the most exacting drivers. The 4.4l unit delivers 315 hp. A maximum torque of 440 Nm at 3,000 rpm makes it possible to accelerate the Volvo from standstill to 100 kph in just 7.3 seconds and achieve a top speed of 210 kph. Of course, there are vehicles in which such acceleration and speed are taken for granted, but these are mainly sports cars, not a juggernaut like this that weighs over 2 metric tons. Another good point about this engine is that it has acceptable fuel economy-at 13l/100km on average-for its capacity and weight of 2,046 kg. The familiar murmur of the V8 engine comes for free.

Power is transmitted to all the wheels by a six-speed, sequential Geartronic automatic transmission that can also work as a stick shift. It works smoothly and only the tachometer gauge will tell you that it is changing gears.

In addition to its special-edition emblems and signs, the XC90 Ocean Race offers a full range of passenger comfort and safety features-from leather upholstery, heated and electrically adjustable seats to a top-quality audio/CD system, navigation, distributed electronic air-conditioning, parking sensors, and the ABS/ESP, WHIPS, SIPS, and BLIS systems. This extravagance is justified by the price tag of more than zl.250,000-but after all this is a limited-edition version that is supposed to cost an arm and a leg.
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