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How fast have you driven your V70R ?

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220km/h is the what I did so far and i will try out the top speed if i have a chance.

as for top speed 155mph (around 250km/h), I am sure that can be reached but it takes a while when accelerating in the top gears...

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115 mph at Watkins Glen. :lol:

Doug H

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I have been up to the limiter in both and 04 and 06. Neither felt unsable as long as you controlled the car smoothly. The uneven road surfaces are a bit of a challenge. I always fear that a rough spot in a turn will throw me off the road. But I hang on, have faith and continue to plow along at max speed. What you were being paced by had alot more power than you and was willing to use it. Once I was pacing a newer Maserati and it seemed like the guy could not pull on me. Then again, it may be a case of the 0-60 times looking good and the 120-155 times looking bad for the Maserati. Also the driver may not have wanted to have the extra wear and tear of dropping gears. I didn't mind one bit opening it up. Just be careful and remember that we all do it from time to time but the right place is on a track or closed roads. Enjoy the car. :lol:

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I'm awaiting the arrival of my 06 V70R, but I've had my 1998 S70 T5 at it's limit of 148 MPH several times, it feels a little skitterish over 130, but all in all rather solid. I'd espect the R to be more planted.

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Just this past Saturday I was able to get to 105 mph coming back from Arizona City. It's a flat section of desert on I-10 with 75 mph posted speeds, but 85 mph is the norm, and no place for DPS to hide. Traffic cleared sufficiently for me to pass a couple of left lane hogs and I went from 85 to 105 very quickly, then had to slow back down for the next traffic clog going 85. The car was so smooth and fluid I don't think any of my three passengers even realized we were going that fast. At least no one let on.

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Indicated 147 or so. I gave up but I still had some room both with the wagon and the road

With PS2's ECU, and downpipe but before the TME springs

VERY stable

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Is the feel of looseness due to aero-lift? I would think that is a major part of the loose feel at high speeds.

A front splitter/spoiler would help with settling the front, but then you would also need to get some downforce at the rear.

For comparison take a look at the 911 GT3 pictures and see how deep the front spoiler lip (the black piece under the front bumper) and also the rear wings (two layers).

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GT3 Rear:

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The GT3 CUP front splitter is even longer (1 inch more) and the rear wing is obviously larger and raked more.

We would need something similar to get rid of lift on the V70R and also lower the car by about 1-2 inches to get higher stability at high speeds.

And yes, this one is my weekend fun car.

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And yes, this one is my weekend fun car.

Show off.

At least up to 120, I didn't detect much aero shenanigans going on. The car felt stable until I hit medium sized bumps, where the reaction was kind of scary.

Some of our bretheren over in Europe have pushed the car hard and I have not come across any discussion over aero stability.

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Now we know why I got the mid-life crisis wagon.

I'm with you on that. I fought hard for the V70R instead of the S60R for practical reasons. My argument was that a 300HP wagon with a 6 speed manual is not a "mom-mobile," it's a mid-life crisis mobile.

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I've just come back from London today and I had my new R up to 135mph, but then another car pulled in front of me so I managed to test the Brembos at the same same.... They work well.

I had my old S70R which had a MTE chip, Ferrita 3" downpipe, Alloy intercooler, tuned to 300bhp (298) had the needle to that parked at 160mph on the M6 going to Scotland once.

I'm not sure what real world speeds are as the speedo always slightly over reads.

I'm with you on that. I fought hard for the V70R instead of the S60R for practical reasons. My argument was that a 300HP wagon with a 6 speed manual is not a "mom-mobile," it's a mid-life crisis mobile.

I'm not sure what my excuse is, I'm not 30 yet :)

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I'm not sure what my excuse is, I'm not 30 yet :)

I'm not either, but now I'm prepared for when it hits me...

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I've had my 2005 up to 155 more than a few times here in Germany. Never a problem, however, I just picked up a 545i, and there is a definite difference. The BMW is far "smoother" and quieter at 155 than the V70, however, i've never felt uncomfortable driving the R fast. Usual cruise is 130 mph, traffic allowing. Unfortuantely, just shipped the wagon back to the states, can't wait to drive "55"..............................

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I have a post in here for my night up no the PA Tpke Northeast Extension vs. a new Mazda RX-8. I got my new '05 GT R up to 130 which was all I was comfortable with on a very cold, dark piece of quiet interstate that we all know was surrounded by grazing deer. I felt like it hit the 130 mph and stopped accellerating. Some '04 and '05's came with a 130 limit by accident, but I wasn't sure if it stopped or my foot got light.

I will say that I was VERY, VERY impressed with the stability and ease that the car did 130. I expected aero issue at that kind of speed but I think they did a good job of keeping it planted on the ground. Can't wait for some more opportunities when it gets warmer and another spot opens up.

Took it in for the 7,500 mile service and asked them to fix that problem and reset it for the proper 155mph (now THAT is a LOOK from your service writer). They ended up charging me $39 for the download to do that. Many here have suggested that was wrong and the car is supposed to do 155 so they should have done it for free. I'll take that up on my next service visit.

Speaking of which, those lame-as*'es haven't called me in three months about fixing my propeller shaft rubbing on exhaust in snow, puddles that they supposedly had to order parts for. So far, not exactly the kind of "relationship" I was expecting after dropping $40K at a car dealer.

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After my wife and I picked up our 06 R, we traveled across FL. At the end of our trip, I was doing around 90 mph and she passed me like I had the anchor out. After we got home I asked her what she got it up to and she said 130 mph. When I asked how the car felt, she said "fantastic". Coming from a licensed road racer, I know she knows what she is talking about.

Next month, I plan to put the R on Moroso for a 2-day HPDE where I will be instructing. My guess is that I will see 125-130 mph on the front straight. Later in April, the local Porsche Club will be having another HPDE at Sebring. There, I think we will see 130-135 mph in 3 places at Sebring. Of course, if I decide to get a set of lightweight racing wheels and slap a set of Hoosiers on it, who knows.... :rolleyes:

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After my wife and I picked up our 06 R, we traveled across FL. At the end of our trip, I was doing around 90 mph and she passed me like I had the anchor out. After we got home I asked her what she got it up to and she said 130 mph. When I asked how the car felt, she said "fantastic". Coming from a licensed road racer, I know she knows what she is talking about.

Next month, I plan to put the R on Moroso for a 2-day HPDE where I will be instructing. My guess is that I will see 125-130 mph on the front straight. Later in April, the local Porsche Club will be having another HPDE at Sebring. There, I think we will see 130-135 mph in 3 places at Sebring. Of course, if I decide to get a set of lightweight racing wheels and slap a set of Hoosiers on it, who knows.... :rolleyes:

welcome aboard rich,

take some pics of your upcoming events and post them up.

mike

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So after reading all of the replies, it seems that some other owners experience the unstability at 130+ and some don't. My car '06 V70R will do up to 120 just fine maintaining as smooth of a ride as it does at 80 mph. There is something about 130 and up that makes the rear end of my car feel like it is trying to leave the ground.

I did forget to update everyone regarding my issue with my 2nd day of possession. It seems that one of those little balls (bearings?) in the left rear outer cv joint came out of the housing and was causing some problems. They replaced the entire left rear transaxle and found no damage in the differential. I received a call from the Volvo rep appologizing for my inconvenience and such issues almost never occur on their products this new.

For those of you who are limited by our conservative speed laws back in the USofA, anytime you are in Germany, I'll let you take mine for a spin down the Autobahn.

-James

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Mike,

Thanks for the welcome. I will definitely post any pics I get of the R on the track. Hopefully, I can get a good one of me leading a groupd of Porsches/Vettes/Vipers/Mustangs, etc.

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