Volvo C70

The Volvo C70 is a convertible and coupe from Volvo.

The first C70 was based on the chassis of the Volvo 850, and introduced the new nomenclature at Volvo. In April 1997, first came the coupe on the market. The convertible followed a year later, with the delivery to Europe only began in late 1999.

In May 2006, the second C70 was introduced in the German speaking markets. He has a new safety cell with head airbags in the side door and steel reinforcements. Structures in the rear prevent the open top can penetrate rear impact into the cell.

Requirements for pedestrian protection be determined in the design reasons, the shape of the windshield. Compared to its predecessor, lower inclination decreases in a traffic participants who lands on the hood, the risk of a hard impact of the head on the windshield, which caused serious head injuries like concussions, lacerations and the like.

  • 2.1 roof kinematics
  • 2.2 facelift
  • 2.3 Specifications 2.3.1 12.2005 10.2009 to
  • 2.3.2 11.2009 06.2013 to

C70 (type N, 1997-2005 )

Volvo C70 Coupe (1997-2002 )

The C70 has been a presentation of the P1900 sports in 1956 the first open Volvo. Volvo added so that in April 1997, its product range by only a coupe, a convertible that later followed.

The C70 convertible was introduced in November 1999 in Europe, in America since March 1998, there was already the convertible. The convertible has an electric soft top and opens and closes fully automatically in less than half a minute.

With the launch of the C70 was offered with two engine options, the 2.4 l Turbo with 142 kW ( 193 hp ) and the 2.3 liter T5 also a turbo engine with 176 kW (239 hp).

Volvo C70 Convertible (1998-2002)


In October 2002, the appearance of the convertible was changed. It now had clear-glass headlamps, a modified grille and new alloy wheels and exterior colors. The closed canopy adjusts to the sporty design, it opens so it disappears together with the electrically heated rear window completely under a hard tonneau cover in the rear of the vehicle. The production of the C70 coupe was finished, however.

Also been modified, the five-cylinder engine of the Cabriolet, which carried now 180 kW (245 hp). Thus, the C70 T5 Convertible needed for acceleration to 100 km / h 7.5 seconds and the top speed is 240 km / h

End of October 2005 was also the production of the C70 convertible.


C70 (type M, 2005-2013 )

Volvo C70 (2006-2009)

At the IAA 2005 Volvo presented the second C70, but this was only built as a convertible with retractable roof. It is based on the presented end of 2003 Volvo S40/V50.

For the first time Volvo brought with it a steel folding roof convertible on the market. End of May 2006 began the official sale. The design comes from the Volvo design studio in Camarillo, California.

Building on this vehicle was developed in close cooperation between Volvo and the Italian design studio Pininfarina. Once the design of the coupe was fixed, the roof was designed as a retractable design. Particular emphasis was been placed on the shape of the tail, which a three - place could be made flat two-piece folding roof by using.

For the production of the second generation of the Volvo plant in Uddevalla Volvo was introduced into the joint venture founded in 2003, Pininfarina Sverige AB, in which Pininfarina SpA holds 60 % and Volvo with 40%.

For the C70 initially were three petrol engines to choose from: as the gasoline engine 2.4-liter five-cylinder engine, which it (140 hp) and 125 kW are available in two power levels of 103 kW ( 170 hp ) and the 2.5 - liter five-cylinder with turbocharging and 162 kW ( 220 hp ), 2006 was added a 5-cylinder diesel. In autumn 2007, the engine range of C70 was added to the two-liter turbo diesel 2.0D, which was already installed in the models C30, S40 and V50. For the first time there was a four-cylinder engine is used, all other engines have five cylinders.

Volvo C70 with the roof open

Roof kinematics

In the category of four-seater coupé convertible, the retractable roof kinematics of the Volvo C70 II is one of the most elaborate mechanical: Since the C70 II has a comparatively long passenger space for four adults, the long steel roof into three segments had to be shared. At the same time was thus avoided having to pull the A- pillar plus windscreen far back.

In the open state, the smallest middle segment is at the bottom in the trunk, about the longer anterior segment, top the widest, longest and gewölbteste segment with rear window and C -pillar. Since the curvatures are optimally nested under the retracted roof unzerklüfteter a storage space of 200 liters is retained. The Skidurchlademöglichkeit remains. An interesting design detail is that in the closed state of the outside and the inside hinges are not visible.

The steel roof is conveyed by means of a scissors mechanism that moves all three segments coordinates in the trunk. The drive is effected by hydraulic cylinders and an electric hydraulic pump, which also powers other operations: Unlocking and raising of the front segment, the rear opening of the boot lid, the extension of the all-weather " rack ", which anchor securing the open roof in the trunk, and finally the closure the trunk lid.

Advantage: From the central driving results in a high resiliency and reliability. Disadvantage: It can not take place several hydraulic processes in parallel, thereby closing with 30 seconds takes a comparatively long time.

With an open roof, see the protective cover such as two travel bags plus two smaller backpacks place, with the roof closed fit a mountain bike, including the disassembled tire in the trunk.


At the IAA 2009, the revised C70 was presented visually. Since November 2009 he is the merchants.

What is striking is here with a new bumper, the Volvo logo on the radiator grille, which is now much larger. In the rear lights pulls a LED technology. Apart from the front and rear optics only subtle changes were made in the interior, there is no functional modifications. In particular, the "floating" center console in the Bang & Olufsen -inspired design is retained. Also, the three-piece roof construction, which makes talking neither leak nor by excessive wear of itself remained unchanged.

Rear view


12.2005 to 10.2009

* Figures in brackets with automatic

11.2009 to 06.2013

* Figures in brackets with Geartronic automatic transmission.

Production setting

In April 2013 new car orders were accepted only until mid-month.

Production of the C70 was discontinued in the plant closure of needs in the Uddevalla production plant on June 25, 2013, because it was used exclusively for this model and the underlying platform is no longer produced. It is also provisionally be no successor.