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Is it true my Volvo has an Audi engine?

An Audi engine in my Volvo?

The Volvo 5-cylinder engine was designed in 1992 in conjecture with Porsche, which VW AG owns a part of, and the same design has been used ever since in almost every model at one point or another across Volvo’s lineup to this day, and some European Fords (Focus RS). The engines are all built/designed BY VOLVO at the Volvo plant in Sweden.

Old Audis (I believe the 100 and 200 models) used a simliar engine up until 1991, and then VW discontinued the engine and car. It was not until recently that they brought back the newly redesigned 2.5 5-cyl in the Rabbit and Jetta.

Is it true my Volvo has an Audi engine?

Bonus! 10 Interesting Volvo Facts

  • In Latin, the word Volvo means: I spin. Today however the nearest meaning is “I roll”.
  • Volvo was founded in 1924. The two founders were Gustav Larsson and Assar Gabrielsson.
  • The ÖV 4 is the first Volvo car. The first car was sell-ready in 1927. The 2-Liter, 4-cilinder car got the nickname: Jakob.
  • Volvo’s very first commercial vehicle was the Type-1 truck. The release year was 1928. In the same year, Volvo released the second car, the Volvo PV 651. Volvo manufactured a total of 1383 of both vehicles in the first year; of which automaker exported 27.
  • This trend saw a sharp rise in 1932 when Volvo released a good amount of 10,000 vehicles, both trucks and cars.
  • The company, however, started making a large-scale profit from the year 1935. The first luxurious car by Volvo was the PV36, which could carry six passengers at a time. The design of this iconic car paved the path for future Volvo cars to come. I came in the market with a price tag of 8,500 Swedish kronor.
  • Volvo touched a landmark in 1941, with the sale of its 50,000th vehicle; this is a unique achievement considering the time when WWII was in full swing.

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2 Comments

Having worked on and owned a 1995 S6 (20 valve 5 cylinder turbo) and a number of 5 cylinder Volvos including a 98 V70 “S,” the two engines obviously have a common heritage. Although the Volvo is a side-winder and the older A6/S6 is longitudinal, both cars utilize cam bearings in the “valve cover” (if you can call it that) which is very unique. Offhand, I can’t think of another engine that utilizes that design. The Audi version was a fantastic engine and powered Audi’s Quattro to many world titles. I remember talked to a gentleman who raced 20-valve turbo Quattros for many years who claimed it to be the strongest engine perhaps ever made. Even with 35 to 40 psi of boost thrown at it, producing plus/minus six hundred horsepower for sprints, the turbo 20 valves not only held together, they didn’t require many rebuilds in a season. He now races WRX’s because the old Quattro is no longer competitive, but said that if one boosted a WRX Subaru motor that much, it probably wouldn’t last a race. So the Volvo engine’s Audi heritage does nothing but say wondrous things about the 5-cylinder engine in Volvo.

Dan Johnston says:

Well more a VW than Audi engine. It was our only ‘Green’ engine, meaning diesel. We had ‘red’ colored engines for cast iron, and white engines being what we have today. Story I heard back then was we got it cheap from VW because they couldn’t keep it from tossing piston rods. We fixed it and used it for couple of years. What a beast. We later turbo charged some, as test cars and would light tires like no tomorrow. We stopped using it, giving it back to VW who used it for years in light duty commerical trucks.

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