The Volvo 850 Touring Car Makes a Searing Five-Cylinder Noise

This is easily the best sounding Volvo.

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In the 1990s Volvo had a new front-wheel drive car with five-cylinder engine, the 850 sedan and estate. Someone had the inspired idea to enter an 850 into the British Touring Car Championship (BTTC), so Volvo partnered with Tom Walkinshaw Racing and did just that.

Unburdened by production-car exhaust, the 850 BTTC race cars made an incredible racket. The five-cylinder displaced 2.0-liters and made 290 turbocharged horsepower. That might not sound like much, but with the 850 BTCC weighing under 2100 pounds, it was more than plenty. Oh, and it revved to 8500 rpm.

The 850 made its BTCC debut in Estate form in 1994, and for the following two years, Walkinshaw switched to sedans. Both sound incredible.

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