Built in partnership with EVOLVE, the first U.S.-based design and manufacturing company dedicated to creating performance enhanced Volvo cars, the two cars – one bathed in Laser Blue, the other in Passion Red – are prominently displayed at the show in two different locations. The Laser Blue S60 R is on display at the Ford Motor Company stand, while its Passion Red sibling is located in the special Featured Vehicle area in the convention center.
“The S60 R, with its 300 horsepower engine and FOUR-C chassis, is the most powerful, technologically advanced production Volvo ever,” commented VCNA President and CEO Vic Doolan. “With EVOLVE’s assistance, these two S60 Rs – developed especially for the SEMA show – take performance several big steps forward.”
S60 R EVOLVE Power
Pumping out an estimated 500 horsepower each with EVOLVE’s custom turbo and intercooler upgrades and a ram-air intake, the twin S60 Rs pack quite a punch. The FOUR-C chassis, with its three driver adjustable settings remains, but is upgraded to include EVOLVE’s adjustable coil-over suspension. Six-piston calipers with massive 15-inch 2-piece rotors front and rear bring the S60 Rs to a quick stop and 19-inch lightweight graphite wheels shod with 235/35-19 Pirelli P-Zero Rosso tires add the perfect finishing touch.
But three years ago Nicholson and his wife had a baby boy and, as so many had before them, they bought a nice, safe, square 1990 Volvo 740 turbo wagon. That’s when he saw a need for Volvo performance parts.
Coming up on his 10th year at Meguiar’s, Nicholson’s friend Mike Spagnola of Street Scene Equipment heard Volvo wanted to do some cars for SEMA 2003. Spagnola told Nicholson and Nicholson put together a fancy proposal and sent it off. Two months before SEMA, Volvo gave him two S60 Rs and told him to get to work.
Nicholson got to work, and produced the Evolve S60 R you see here, which premiered in November at the SEMA show.
Underhood is a new cold air intake, exhaust and ECU tuning, boosting output from the stock 300 hp at the flywheel to what Nicholson says is 370 hp.https://www.autoweek.com/news/a2087421/evolve-volvo-s60-r-homeland-security/