Video: Why Can’t Every Volvo Sound Like an Uncorked Small-Block?

https://www.youtube.com/embed/KjuYFOwm5ng

For a short time, Volvo offered a Yamaha-designed V8 in its S80 and the XC90. In both cases, the engine was mounted transversely and capable of a little more than 300 horsepower.

As it turns out, all it takes is a less restrictive exhaust to make a Swedish luxo-barge sound like a roaring muscle car.

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Toyman01 (Moderately Supportive Dude)
Toyman01 (Moderately Supportive Dude) MegaDork
10/27/20 12:34 p.m.

That video needed a lot less funky music and a lot more V8 noises. 

 

Ian F (Forum Supporter)
Ian F (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
10/27/20 2:06 p.m.

fast forward to about the 1 min mark to finally hear the car and less bad techno... 

AaronT
AaronT Reader
10/27/20 2:59 p.m.

I might be getting old: A FWD luxo-barge that makes roaring muscle car noises would be fun for 5 minutes and then annoy the E36 M3 out of me. It sounds like it should be fun to drive but it's soft and isolating. It feels like it should be serene but it's loud and aggressive. Optimizing the right things in the wrong package.

stylngle2003
stylngle2003 Reader
10/27/20 3:23 p.m.
AaronT said:

I might be getting old: A FWD luxo-barge that makes roaring muscle car noises would be fun for 5 minutes and then annoy the E36 M3 out of me. It sounds like it should be fun to drive but it's soft and isolating. It feels like it should be serene but it's loud and aggressive. Optimizing the right things in the wrong package.

AWD, but you're not wrong about the rest.  I think this is the perfect application for cutouts.

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
10/27/20 3:46 p.m.

In reply to stylngle2003 :

I second the cutouts, especially some remote-controlled ones.

I want the option of being loud, but I don't want to be loud 24/7.

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) MegaDork
10/27/20 7:20 p.m.

Why sound like an uncorked small block when you can sound like an Audi Group B car?  devil

captdownshift (Forum Supporter)
captdownshift (Forum Supporter) UltimaDork
10/28/20 9:21 a.m.

I think that it sounds glorious and don't think that it would get old. My issue is the engine being mounted sideways making it absolutely brutal to work on. 

Vajingo
Vajingo Reader
10/28/20 11:36 a.m.

How does one put this engine into some other vehicle that is not heavy, soft, and riddled with electrical issues?

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) MegaDork
10/28/20 11:43 a.m.
Vajingo said:

How does one put this engine into some other vehicle that is not heavy, soft, and riddled with electrical issues?

Electrical issues are really not all that common on Volvos compared to brands B or M.

 

You could also find this engine's ancestor in the 3rd generation Taurus SHO.

Jordan Rimpela (FS)
Jordan Rimpela (FS) Dork
10/28/20 12:35 p.m.

Mayhap I'll put a cutout on my Volvo.

bigdaddylee82
bigdaddylee82 UberDork
10/28/20 12:39 p.m.

I've looked some, I know that Ford, Volvo, and Yamaha all claim it has nothing to do with the SHO V8, other than also being a narrow, Yamaha V8.

There are examples of this engine swapped into RWD Volvos, and there are off the shelf adapters to put a Getreg, T5, or CD009 behind a Volvo Whiteblock.  I postulate that the B8444S shares a bellhousing pattern with its contemporary inline Whiteblock relatives.  I haven't found anything to confirm that though.

fanfoy
fanfoy SuperDork
10/28/20 12:44 p.m.
Pete. (l33t FS) said:
Vajingo said:

How does one put this engine into some other vehicle that is not heavy, soft, and riddled with electrical issues?

Electrical issues are really not all that common on Volvos compared to brands B or M.

 

You could also find this engine's ancestor in the 3rd generation Taurus SHO.

The electrical issues aren't as bad as the earlier P2's but they are still present. 

The real issue with these S80 V8's is the front subframe rust. It's bad enough that the cars are unsafe and it only seems to affect V8's. I've been looking for a S80 V8 for close to a year and they all have that problem up here. 

Even in stock form they sound pretty good when you mash the throttle to the floor.

Vajingo
Vajingo Reader
10/28/20 12:45 p.m.

In reply to bigdaddylee82 :

Now that would be cool!

bigdaddylee82
bigdaddylee82 UberDork
10/28/20 12:53 p.m.

Found the one I was thinking of.  How's your Swedish?

242 with a XC90 V8 swap.  Google Translate says it's a home brew adapter, with a cut up bellhousing from the XC90, and custom flywheel, to fit a Mk III Supra's W58 transmission.

https://www.garaget.org/?car=4775

bigdaddylee82
bigdaddylee82 UberDork
10/28/20 12:59 p.m.

Also, same engine, just with turbos, and anti-lag.

 

Or, maybe a E36 M3 tune. laugh

bigdaddylee82
bigdaddylee82 UberDork
10/28/20 1:02 p.m.

While I'm post whoring, Polestar punched some out to 5.0l for the V8 Supercar S60s.

 

Toyman01 (Moderately Supportive Dude)
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10/28/20 1:35 p.m.
captdownshift (Forum Supporter) said:

I think that it sounds glorious and don't think that it would get old. My issue is the engine being mounted sideways making it absolutely brutal to work on. 

My truck sounded like that when I bought it. It gets old. I scrapped the shouty exhaust and put mufflers back on it. I also scrapped the CAI and went back to the stock airbox. I'll put up with a noisy toy but for the DD, Quiet > Noisy.

itgogitrev
itgogitrev New Reader
10/28/20 7:56 p.m.
Pete. (l33t FS) said:

Why sound like an uncorked small block when you can sound like an Audi Group B car?  devil

*scours classifieds for C30s*

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