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Press Pass 2004

C70 Convertible: Volvo's Reknown for Safety United with Topless Driving
By Volvo Media
Aug 3, 2003, 12:01 PST
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Model Overview: 2003 Volvo C70 Convertible

    Volvo's C70 Convertible embodies a strikingly unique synthesis of power, grace and aesthetic proportions. Even at rest, its aggressive lines impact the eye with the sensation of beauty at speed. With the top up the C70 Convertible offers a quiet, refined ride. At the touch of a button the fully automatic, insulated cloth top folds seamlessly below the rear cowl. There are no unsightly bulges or protuberances. Instead, a slim hardcover tonneau clamps down securely over top, leaving a smooth, sweeping form that is beautiful from any angle.

    A provocative and passionate expression of Scandinavian design purity, the C70 blazed the trail for the transformation of Volvo design with an inspired vision of aggressive automotive athleticism. With the C70, the world would never look at Volvo the same again. A new Volvo design aesthetic was born. It would be lead by the C70 Coupe and Convertible that were created to savor the joy of pure driving pleasure. It also set the standard that Volvo beauty would not be skin deep.

 

 

 

    For 2003, the Coupe has been discontinued. The Convertible, however, remains in the Volvo product lineup and continues to offer stiff competition within the premium drop-top segment.

    Powerful and well balanced, the Convertible for 2003 gets a boost in horsepower for both the light-pressure turbo and high-pressure turbo models. The light-pressure turbo jumps from 190 horsepower to 197. High-pressure-turbo models increase to 242 horsepower, up from 236 last year. A 5-speed automatic transmission is the only gearbox offered on light-pressure models, while the high-pressure C70 Convertible comes standard with a 5-speed manual. The automatic is available optionally for the high-pressure turbo models as well. However equipped, the C70 Convertible offers exceptional agility, superior road holding and supreme comfort. If ever a car was designed to explore the serpentine joys of U.S. 1 from San Francisco to Santa Barbara, or Bath to Bucksport this is it.

 

 

    Not only isn't the beauty skin deep, but occupant safety protection resides at the heart of the C70 Convertible. Three-point seatbelts and head restraints at all seating positions, side impact protection system (SIPS) with enhanced side impact airbags, and WHIPS whiplash protection seats as standard equipment are but part of the C70 Convertible's safety story. The C70 Convertible even provides rollover protection with the unique ROPS system, an integrated safety system that provides pretensioning seatbelts and automatically deployable rollover bars in the event of a rollover accident. For 2003, the C70 Convertible comes standard with the ISO-fix baby seat attachment system.

Convertible Buyers

    Volvo C70 Convertible buyers are evenly split by gender. For them, it's more about "wind in your face" rather than performance and drivetrain. The convertible buyer's attitude is "I've earned this car, I owe it to myself." Fully 67 percent of C70 Convertible buyers earn a household income over $150,000 annually.

Competitive Group

    While C70 Convetible buyers tend not to cross-shop, other premium competitors within the segment are the BMW 3 Series Convertible, Mercedes-Benz CLK Cabriolet and the Audi A4 Cabriolet.

 

 

               2003 Volvo C70 Convertible

 

 

Specifications

 

 

 

Safety

 

Description

LT

HT

 

Anti-Submarine Seats

STD

STD

 

Daytime Running Lights (Halogen Semi-Sealed w/ Replaceable Bulb)

STD

STD

 

Dual-Stage Front Airbags for Driver and Front Passenger

STD

STD

 

Emergency Trunk Release

STD

STD

 

Illuminated Side Marker Lights / Turn Signal Indicators

STD

STD

 

Overhead-Mounted Seatbelt Reminder Lights

STD

STD

 

Rear Fog Light w/ Auto-Off

STD

STD

 

ROPS Roll Over Protection System

STD

STD

 

Seat Belts: Four, 3-Point Inertia-Reel Belts. Front have Pre-Tensioners and Height Adjustment

STD

STD

 

Security System

STD

STD

 

Side Impact Airbags (SIPSBAGS II™)

STD

STD

 

Side Impact Protection System (SIPS)

STD

STD

 

Whiplash Protection Seating System (WHIPS)

STD

STD

 

 

 

Exterior

 

Description

LT

HT

 

Central Power Door Locks w/ Remote Keyless Entry, Trunk Lock, and Fuel Filler Lock

STD

STD

 

Front Fog Lights

STD

STD

 

Front Wheel Drive

STD

STD

 

Headlamp Wiper / Washer

STD

STD

 

Outside Temperature Gauge

STD

STD

 

Pollen Filter for Passenger Compartment

STD

STD

 

Power Heated Outside Mirrors

STD

STD

 

Soft Convertible Top - Black

STD

STD

 

Soft Convertible Top - Blue

N/C

N/C

 

Soft Convertible Top - Sand

N/C

N/C

 

Stainless Steel Door Sills

STD

STD

 

Tinted Windows

STD

STD

 

Two-Speed Windshield Wipers with Intermittent Cycle

STD

STD

 

 

Interior

 

Description

LT

HT

 

Auto Dimming Rear View Mirror

OPT

STD

 

Cruise Control

STD

STD

 

Cupholders

STD

STD

 

Dolby Pro-Logic® Digital Sound Processor

-

OPT

 

Dual-Zone Electronic Climate Control

STD

STD

 

Four Padded Head Restraints

STD

STD

 

Four Reading Lamps

STD

STD

 

Front Center Armrest

STD

STD

 

Front Door-Panel Storage Pockets

STD

STD

 

Front Seat Back Storage Pockets

STD

STD

 

Genuine Red Wood Inlays

OPT

STD

 

Heated Front Seats

STD

STD

 

Illuminated Vanity Mirrors in Driver's and Front Passenger's Sun Visors

STD

STD

 

Illuminated, Lockable Glove Box

STD

STD

 

Immobilizer, Encrypted Ignition Key

STD

STD

 

Interior Cabin Light Delay

STD

STD

 

Leather Gear Shift Knob

-

STD

 

Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel

STD

STD

 

Luggage / Cargo Area Lights

STD

STD

 

Plush Front and Rear Floor Mats

STD

STD

 

Power Adjustable Driver Seat, 8-Way w/ 3-Position Memory and Lumbar Support

STD

STD

 

Power Adjustable Passenger Seat, 8-Way w/ Lumbar Support

STD

STD

 

Power Trunk Release

STD

STD

 

Power Windows w/ "Auto Down" for All Windows

STD

STD

 

Pre-Wiring for Multi-CD Changer

STD

STD

 

Rear Seat / Trunk Pass Through for Long Loads

STD

STD

 

Rear Window Defroster w/ Automatic Timer

STD

STD

 

Tilt / Telescopic Steering Wheel

STD

STD

 

Tool Kit

STD

STD

 

Trip Computer

OPT

STD

 

Two Entry Lights (in Front Door Foot Wells)

STD

STD

 

 

Audio/Video/Electronics

 

Description

LT

HT

 

Dolby Pro-Logic® Digital Sound Processor

-

OPT

 

SC-816 Premium Sound System, Single CD, Cassette, 240-Watt Amplifier, 10 Speakers, Diversity Antenna

STD

-

 

SC-901 Premium Sound System, In-Dash 3-CD, Cassette, 400-Watt Amplifier, Dolby Pro-Logic® Digital Sound Processor, 12 Speakers, Diversity Antenna

OPT

STD

 

 

Engine

 

Description

LT

HT

 

Compression Ratio

9.0:1

8.5:1

 

Horsepower (SAE net)

197 hp @ 5,700 rpm

242 hp @ 5,400 rpm

 

Torque (ft. / lbs. SAE net)

210 @ 1,800 rpm

243 @ 2,400 rpm

 

Transversely-Mounted, 2.3 Liter, 5-Cylinder, Double Overhead Cam, Exhaust-Driven Turbo w/ Intercooler

-

STD

 

Transversely-Mounted, 2.4 Liter, 5-Cylinder, Double Overhead Cam, Exhaust-Driven Turbo w/ Intercooler

STD

-

 

 

 

Transmission

 

Description

LT

HT

 

5 Speed Manual

-

STD

 

Five-Speed Micro-processor-Controlled Automatic

STD

OPT

 

 

Brakes

 

Description

LT

HT

 

Anti-Lock Braking System w/ Electronic Brake Distribution (ABS / EBD)

STD

STD

 

 

 

Suspension

 

Description

LT

HT

 

Suspension Front: MacPherson Strut w/ Asymmetrically-Mounted Coil Springs, Hydraulic Shocks, 20mm Stabilizer Bar

STD

STD

 

Suspension Rear: Delta-Link Semi-Independent Rear Suspension w/ Coil Springs, Gas Shocks, 20 mm Stabilizer Bar

STD

STD

 

 

 

Steering

 

Description

LT

HT

 

Power-Assisted, Rack-and-Pinion Steering, Three Turns Lock to Lock

STD

STD

 

 

 

Exterior Colors

 

Description

LT

HT

 

 

     Ash Gold Metallic

STD

STD

 

 

     Black Sapphire Metallic

STD

STD

 

 

     Maya Gold Metallic

STD

STD

 

 

     Moondust Metallic

STD

STD

 

 

     Nautic Blue Metallic

STD

STD

 

 

     Ruby Red

STD

STD

 

 

     Silver Metallic

STD

STD

 

 

     Titanium Gray Metallic

STD

STD

 

 

     White

STD

STD

 

 

 

Interior Colors

 

Description

LT

HT

 

Beige Leather Seating Surfaces

STD

STD

 

Grey Leather Seating Surfaces

STD

STD

 

Silver Leather Seating Surfaces

STD

STD

 

 

 

Wheels and Tires

 

Description

LT

HT

 

16" - "Zeus" 17-Spoke Alloy Wheels w/ 205 / 55 / ZR16 Tires

STD

-

 

16" - "Zeus" 17-Spoke Alloy Wheels w/ 225 / 50 / ZR16 Tires

-

STD

 

7.5" x 17" - "Cratos" 21-Spoke Alloy Wheels w/ 225 / 45 / ZR17 Tires

OPT

OPT

 

7.5" x 17" - "Propus" Multi-Spoke Alloy Wheels w/ 225 / 45 / ZR17 Tires

OPT

OPT

 

 

 

Exterior Dimensions and Weights

 

Description

LT

HT

 

Curb Weight

3,450 lbs.

3,450 lbs.

 

Front Track

59.9 in.

59.9 in.

 

Fuel Tank Capacity

18 U.S. gallons

18 U.S. gallons

 

Height

56.3 in.

56.3 in.

 

Length

185.7 in.

185.7 in.

 

Rear Track

59.8 in.

59.8 in.

 

Top Speed

137 mph

149 mph

 

Towing Capacity

3,300 lbs

3,300 lbs

 

Trunk Capacity

8.1 cu. ft.

8.1 cu. ft.

 

Turning Circle, Curb to Curb

38.4 ft.

38.4 ft.

 

Wheelbase

104.9 in.

104.9 in.

 

Width

71.5 in.

71.5 in.

 

 

 

Interior Dimensions

 

Description

LT

HT

 

Head room in Convertible w/ Top Up

39.2 in.

39.2 in.

 

Hip room, Front

51.7 in.

51.7 in.

 

Leg room, Front

41.4 in.

41.4 in.

 

Leg room, Rear

34.6 in.

34.6 in.

 

Shoulder room, Front

55.5 in.

55.5 in.

 

Shoulder room, Rear

44.9 in.

44.9 in.

 

 

Warranty

 

Description

LT

HT

 

Std. Warranty - 4 Years / 50,000 Miles (Whichever Comes First)

STD

STD

 

Volvo On-Call Roadside Assistance

STD

STD

 

 

 

2003 Volvo C70 Convertible

Prices & Options

 

 

Basic Price

 

C70 Convertible LT MSRP

 

$44,125

Destination Charge

 

 

$660

 

 

 

 

C70 Convertible HT MSRP

 

 

$46,125

Destination Charge

 

$660

 

Packages

Touring Package (available on LT only)

 

$595

Description

 

 

 

Auto Dimming Rear Mirror

 

 

 

Genuine Red Wood Inlays

 

 

 

Genuine Wood Shift Knob

 

 

 

Trip Computer

 

 

 

 

Options

Description

Price

LT

HT

Five-Speed Micro-processor-Controlled Automatic

$1,000

STD

OPT

Dolby Prologic® Digital Sound Processor

$600

-

OPT

7.5" x 17" - "Cratos" 21-Spoke Alloy Wheels w/ 225 / 45 / ZR17 Tires

$500

OPT

OPT

7.5" x 17" - "Propus" Multi-Spoke Alloy Wheels w/ 225 / 45 / ZR17 Tires

$975

OPT

OPT

SC-901 Premium Sound System, In-Dash 3-CD, Cassette, 400-Watt Amplifier, Dolby Pro-Logic® Digital Sound Processor, 12 Speakers, Diversity Antenna

$1,200

OPT

STD

 

 

 

 

 

Look for more of Volvo's 2003 lineup here in Press Pass at http://www.motorsportscenter.com/

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