V8 VOLVOS

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Q: I’ve been told that the en­gine in the (ad­mit­tedly rare) V8-en­gined ver­sion of the Volvo S80 is a Volvo de­sign but surely it’s re­ally a Ford unit? I’m tempted by the stealth ap­peal of a 4x4 V8-pow­ered Volvo sa­loon and if it’s a com­mon Ford en­gine then I reckon it would be cheap to main­tain.

A: it’s al­most un­be­liev­able but the B8444S was a Volvo/Yamaha de­vel­op­ment and made by Yamaha. It was used in the XC90 and S80 but noth­ing else! Don’t let that put you off though: it’s a re­li­able unit.

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