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C70 Coupe & Convertible

Chapter 9 - Specifications

pg. 129 Specifications

Oil/fluids specifications 130
Engine specifications 131
Cooling/fuel/distributor ignition systems 132
Front/rear suspensions 132
Transmission, Capacities, Vehicle loading 133
Electrical system/bulbs 134
Dimensions and weights 135
Service manuals, Road assistance 136

pg. 130 Oil/fluid specifications

Engine Oil

Meeting or exceeding ILSAC specification GF-2, including ACEA A1, API SJ, SJ/CF, and SJ/Energy Conserving.

Oil additives must not be used.
Engine oilQuality: Meeting API SJ, SJ/CF, and SJ/Energy Conserving. Capacity (incl. filter): 6.2 US qts. (5.8 liters)
Automatic transmission fluidQuality: AW5. Only Volvo gearbox oil (1161540-8). Do not mix with other oils..Capacity: 8 US qts. (7.5 liters)
Manual transmission fluidQuality: Volvo synthetic gearbox oil 1161423 Capacity: 2.2 US qts. (2.1 liters)
Power steering fluidQuality: ATFCapacity: 0.95 US qts. (0.9 liters)
Brake fluidQuality: DOT 4+ boiling point > 536°F (280°C), P/N 9437433Capacity: 0.64 US qts. (0.6 liters)

All specifications are subject to change without notice.

pg. 131 Engine specifications


Liquid-cooled gasoline, 5-cylinder, in-line engine. Aluminum alloy cylinder block with castiron cylinder liners cast directly into the block. Aluminum alloy cylinder head with double overhead camshafts and separate intake and outlet channels.

Engine lubrication is provided by an eccentric pump driven from the crankshaft. Fullflow type oil filter. Exhaust emission control is accomplished by multiport fuel injection, heated oxygen sensor(s) and threeway catalytic converter.

Charge air cooler (Intercooler)

Turbocharged engines employ a turbocompressor to force air into the engine inlet manifold and a charge air cooler to cool the compressed inlet air. The resulting increase in air flow raises pressure in the intake manifold by approx. 8.7 psi (over atmospheric pressure) and engine power output by approx. 50 horsepower over that developed by the normallyaspirated engine. The charge air cooler (which resembles a radiator) is located between the turbocompressor and inlet manifold.
Designation: Volvo B 5234 T3
Output 236 hp at 5400 rpm (176 kw/90 rps)
Max. torque 243 ft. lbs. at 2400-5100 rpm (330 Nm/40-92 rps)
Number of cylinders 5
Bore 3.19" (81 mm)
Stroke 3.54" (90 mm)
Displacement 2.3 liters
Compression ratio 8.5:1
Number of valves 20

Designation: Volvo B 5244 T
Output 190 hp at 5100 rpm (142 kw/85 rps)
Max torque 199 ft. lbs. at 1800-5000 rpm (270 Nm/27-83 rps)
Number of cylinders 5
Bore 3.27" (83 mm)
Stroke 3.54" (90 mm)
Displacement 2.4 liters
Compression ratio 9.0:1
Number of valves 20

All specifications are subject to change without notice.

pg. 132 Specifications

Cooling system

Type: Positive pressure, closed system

Thermostat begins to open at 180° F (87° C)

Coolant: Volvo original coolant/antifreeze

Capacity: 7.4 US qts. (7.0 liters)

Fuel system

The engine is equipped with a multiport fuel injection system.

Distributor ignition system

Firing order: 12453

Distributor ignition setting: Not adjustable

Spark plugs: Champion RC8PYP (or equivalent)

Spark plug gap: 0.03" (0.75 mm)

Tightening torque: 18.4 ft. lbs. +/ 3.7 ft. lbs. (25 Nm +/ 5 Nm)

The distributor ignition system operates at very high voltages. Special safety precautions must be followed to prevent injury. Always turn the ignition off when:

  • Replacing distributor ignition components e.g. plugs, coil, etc.
  • Do not touch any part of the distributor ignition system while the engine is running. This may result in unintended movements and body injury.

  • All specifications are subject to change without notice.

    Front suspension

    Spring strut suspension with integrated shock absorbers and control arms linked to the support frame. Powerassisted rack and pinion steering. Safety type steering column.
    The alignment specifications apply to an unladen car but include fuel, coolant and spare wheel.
    Toe-in measured on the wheel rims: 2.4 mm +/ 0.7 mm
    Toe-in measured on tire sides: 2.9 +/ 0.9 mm

    Rear suspension

    Deltalink individual rear wheel suspension with longitudinal support arms, double link arms and track rods.
    Toe-in measured on the tire sides: 4° +/ 10°

    pg. 133 Specifications

    Power transmission

    Manual transmission: M 56 H

    Singledisc dry plate clutch. Allsynchromesh on all gears including reverse; integrated final drive. Operation via a floor mounted gear lever.

    Final drive ratio 4.00:1
    Reduction ratios
    1st gear 3.07:1
    2nd gear 1.77:1
    3rd gear 1.19:1
    4th gear 0.87:1
    5th gear 0.70:1
    Reverse 2.99:1

    Automatic transmission: AW 55-50 LE

    4 or 5-speed automatic electronically controlled gearbox comprising a hydraulic torque converter with a lockup function; planetary gear, integrated final drive.

    Operation via a floor mounted gear selector lever. Drive shafts with symmetrical joint location. Overdrive.

    Final drive ratio 2.44:1
    Reduction ratios
    1st gear 4.77:1
    2nd gear 2.10:1
    3rd gear 1.96:1
    4th gear 1.32:1
    5th gear 1.02:1
    Reverse 3.23:1


    Fuel tank 17.9 US gals (68 liters)
    Cooling system 7.4 US qts. (7.0 liters)
    Engine oil (incl. filter) 6.1 US qts. ( 5.8 liters)
    Automatic transmission 2 US gals (7.6 liters)
    Manual transmission 2.2 US qts. (2.1 liters)
    Power steering fluid 0.95 US qts (0.9 liters)
    Washer fluid reservoir 4.7 US qts. (4.5 liters)
    Brake/clutch system 0.6 US qts (0.6 liters)

    Vehicle loading

    The tires on your Volvo should perform to specifications at all normal loads when inflated as recommended on the tire information label. The label is located on the inside of the fuel filler flap. The label lists both tire and vehicle design limits. Do not load your car beyond the load limits indicated.

    Improperly inflated tires will reduce tire life, adversely affect vehicle handling and can possibly lead to failure resulting in loss of vehicle control without prior warning.

    All specifications are subject to change without notice.

    pg. 134 Specifications

    Electrical system

    12 Volt, negative ground.

    Voltagecontrolled generator. Singlewire system with chassis and engine used as conductors.

    Voltage 12 Volt
    Capacity 520 A/100 min
    (certain markets) 420 A/75 min

    The battery contains corrosive and poisonous acids. It is of the utmost importance that old batteries are disposed of correctly. Your Volvo retailer can assist you in this matter.


    Rated output 1400 W

    Max. current 100 A


    Bulb US no. Power Socket No/bulbs
    High beam H7 55W - 2
    Low beam H7 55W - 2
    Front parking lights/turn signals 3357NA 30/7W/30/2.2cp W 2.5 x 15q 2
    Turn signals, rear - 21W BAU 15 2
    Side direction indicators - 5W W 2.1x9.5 d 2
    Tail lights 67 5W/4cp BA 15 s 4
    Brake lights 1156 21W/32cp BA 15 s 2
    Backup lights 1156 21W/32cp BA 15 s 2
    Rear fog light 1156 21W/32cp BA 15 s 1
    Front fog lights H1 55 W P14.5s 2
    License plate light - 5 W W 2.1x9.5d 2
    Door open warning light - 3 W W 2.1x9.5d 4
    Door step courtesy lights - 5W W 2.1x9.5d 2
    Trunk light - 10 W SV 8.5 1
    Glove compartment light - 2 W BA 9s 1
    Vanity mirror lights - 1.2 W - 2
    Instrument lighting - 3 W W 2.1x9.5d 3
    Illumination, control panel - 1.2 W W 2x4.6 d -
    gear selector (automatic trans.) - 1.2 W W 2x4.6d 1
    rear ashtray - 1.2 W W 2x4.6d 1
    Instrument warning/indicator lights - 1.2 W W 2x4.6d -
    Front courtesy lights - 5 W BA 9s 2
    Rear reading lights - 5 W BA 9s 2
    All specifications are subject to change without notice.

    pg. 135 Specifications


    Length 185.8 in. (472 cm)
    Width 71.7 in. (182 cm)
    Height C70 Coupe 55.7 in. (141 cm)
    Height C70 Convertible 56.3 in. (143 cm)
    Wheelbase 105 in. (266 cm)
    Track, front 59.9 in. (151.8 cm)
    Track, rear 59.8 in. (151.6 cm)
    Turning circle (between curbs) 38.4 ft. (11.7 m)
    Cargo capacity 7.9 cu. ft. (0.22 m3)

    Weights -

    USA Canada
    Gross vehicle weight (GVW)
    C70 Coupe
    (Aut.) 4190 lbs (1900 kg) 1900 kg
    (Man.) 4140 lbs (1878 kg) 1880 kg
    C70 Convertible
    (Aut.) 4450 lbs (2018 kg) 2020 kg
    (Man.) 4410 lbs (2000 kg) 2000 kg
    Capacity weight *
    C70 Coupe 785 lbs (356 kg) 355 kg
    C70 Convertible
    (B5234T3) 765 lbs (347 kg) 350 kg
    (B5254T) 795 lbs (361 kg) 360 kg
    Curb weight
    C70 Coupe 3305-3405 lbs (1499-1544 kg) 1500-1545 kg
    C70 Convertible 3590-3685 lbs (1628-1671 kg) 1630-1675 kg
    Permissible axle weight, front
    C70 Coupe
    (Aut.) 2360 lbs (1070 kg) 1070 kg
    (Man.) 2310 lbs (1048 kg) 1050 kg
    C70 Convertible
    (Aut.) 2440 lbs (1107 kg) 1110 kg
    (Man.) 2400 lbs (1089 kg) 1090 kg
    Permissible axle weight, rear
    C70 Coupe 1940 lbs (880 kg) 880 kg
    C70 Convertible 2140 lbs (970 kg) 970 kg

    When adding accessories, equipment, luggage and other cargo to your vehicle, the total loaded weight capacity of the vehicle must not be exceeded.

    * The max permissible axle loads or the gross vehicle weight must not be exceeded.

    ** See also section "Trailer towing"
    All specifications are subject to change without notice.

    pg. 136 On Call Road Assistance

    Volvo On Call Roadside Assistance
    Your new Volvo comes with a four year On Call Roadside Assistance program.. Additional information, features, and benefits are described in a separate information package in your glove compartment.

    If you have misplaced your package, dial:

    In the U.S.A.

    1-800-63-VOLVO (1-800-638-6586)

    In Canada:


    Technician certification
    In addition to Volvo factory training, Volvo supports certification by the National Institute for Automotive Excellence (A.S.E.). Certified technicians have demonstrated a high degree of competence in specific areas. Besides passing exams each technician must also have worked in the field for two or more years before a certificate is issued. These professional technicians are fully able to analyze vehicle problems and perform the necessary service procedures to keep your Volvo at peak operating condition.

    All specifications are subject to change without notice.

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