The volvo 780 marked the return of a two-door 2+2 seater coupe to the Volvo stable after a four-year absence following the departure of the 262C in 1981.
The 780 became available in Europe in 1986, and would come to the United States a year later.
Italy Body style(s) 2-door coupe Engine(s) 2.8 L 144 hp (107 kW) V6 B280F 2.3 L 175-188 hp 8v I4 Turbo B230FT+ 2.0 L 200 hp (150 kW) B204GT Transmission(s) 4-speed automatic 4-speed manual & electronic tranny. Like its predecessor, the 780 was designed and built by Carrozzeria Bertone in Turin, Italy. However, unlike the Volvo 262C, the 780 was not merely a two-door 760 with a "chop top" roof. Bertone gave the 780 its own distinctive shape which set it apart from the other models, yet was still identifiable as a Volvo. The car had a sleek, low profile, inheriting some of the styling of the other 700 series cars, but without many of the severe angles and sharp corners.
The hood, trunk, and roof lines were all slightly lower than the standard 700 series profile, and the C-pillar was wider and had a more gradual slope down to the trunk. Headroom was improved over the 262C, due to Bertone's mere 1 cm lowering of the roofline.
Window frames all had black matte trim, and were accented with chrome. Chrome also highlighted the door handles, bumpers, and side mouldings. In the first two years the 780 was available worldwide ('86 and '87) the 780 was available with the B280F V6 engine and a solid (live) rear axle. In the following year, they came equipped with Volvo's independent rear suspension, which used self-leveling Nivomat shocks, to keep ride height correct. Many people began to take note of the relatively weak powerplant that the 780 had. The B280F at this point had roughly 150 hp (110 kW), but the car itself was nearly 3400 pounds.
To address concerns over performance, Volvo introduced the B230FT+; a B230FT with Volvo's boost controller, Turbo+, increasing the engine output to 175 hp (130 kW). The following model year saw it increase to 188 hp (140 kW). In Italy, 780s came with the B204GT. This was a 16 Valve Turbo motor producing 200 hp (150 kW). In the car's finale year, 1991, it was rebadged simply as "Coupe".
At this point, the car came only in turbo guise. Volvo's official production total for the 780 is 8,518 cars built between 1986 and 1991. However, this number has often been disputed as different sources have often estimated the actual total to be higher. As before, a coupe would remain absent from Volvo's model line for several years, until the front-wheel drive C70 was premiered in 1995 for the following model year. Total production was more than 9,521 worldwide, but the exact total production is still unknown. 5,695 were imported to the US.
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