Volvos probably aren’t high on your list of “exciting” vehicles. But there are a few interesting Volvo model variants that may have slipped under your radar. For instance, until 2010, the Volvo S80 was offered with an optional 4.4-liter V-8 engine, which turned the S80 into a comfortable high-speed cruiser.
While the V-8 only churns out 311 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque, the Yamaha-tuned mill has heaps of potential. Plenty of power is available with modifications, and supercar manufacturers have taken notice. A twin-turbo Yamaha-Volvo V-8 serves as the powerplant for the Noble M600, an English supercar, pushing out 650 hp.
One owner saw this potential, and turned to exhaust manufacturers Moto Wydech in Poland to produce a custom exhaust for the S80 V-8. The exhaust increases the sound of the V-8, resulting in a growl not far removed from a Mercedes-AMG V-8. The video features a host of flybys, revs, and launches, giving us a peek at the wonderful noise the Yamaha V-8 is capable of. The exhaust crackles and roars on the overrun, while the driver demonstrates the S80’s Haldex all-wheel drive system as the S80 briefly ventures off road.
Take a look at the video below to hear Volvo’s V-8 in action.