VOLVO XC90 V8 2005 (USA) Key Features and Specs Brochure

The Volvo XC90 V8 is the mightiest vehicle Volvo has ever made. Its fervent 4.4-litre, eight-cylinder engine generates 311 horsepower while maintaining respect for the environment. This balance demonstrates that great strength is best managed with great humility.

High on Power

The XC90 V8 boasts 311 horsepower, capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.9 seconds. The compact 60-degree V8 delivers 325 ft/lbs of torque at 3900 rpm. With its responsive engine at low revs, the ride can be as lively or smooth as the driver desires. Thirty-two valves, combined with continuously variable inlet and exhaust timing, form the orchestra of this formidable, all-aluminium engine. From the barely audible purr at idle, the Volvo XC90 V8 springs into action with a hushed growl, a sensual sound that subdues when cruising.

The full torque range is readily accessible thanks to a newly developed, six-speed Geartronic transmission. This intuitive gearbox allows the driver to enjoy their preferred style of driving with minimal effort, or to take control and pace the drive manually.

High on Looks

Reflecting its Scandinavian origins, the Volvo XC90 V8 radiates a rugged yet graceful charisma. Up to six passengers can enjoy a drive through town or country, with a view from the cinema-style seating arrangement. The aesthetics of the XC90 V8 are as pragmatic as they are pleasing to the eye, making it a striking presence in any landscape.

High on Care

The Volvo XC90 V8 pampers its occupants and considers the welfare of other road users. By applying innovative ideas in exhaust control, harmful emissions have been reduced beyond current legislative standards, such as California’s ULEV II. Within 20 seconds of ignition, four catalytic converters effectively purify exhaust fumes. The energy-efficient engineering and aluminium drivetrain make the Volvo XC90 V8 light on fuel.

Volvo's Intelligent Vehicle Architecture, featuring a transversely mounted and compact V8, provides energy-absorbing zones for superior collision performance. Roll Stability Control (RSC) and other advanced safety systems interact to help prevent accidents. In the event of a collision, the XC90 V8 is designed to minimize harm to both occupants and pedestrians.


Volvo V8

The highly compact 4.4-liter, 311 hp, eight-cylinder engine is designed for the Volvo XC90 using the latest technology. Electronic engine management, 32 valves, and continuously variable inlet and exhaust valve timing (Dual CVVT) promote high performance and smooth running. The full torque potential of 325 ft/lbs is delivered at 3900 rpm, enabling the vehicle to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 6.9 seconds. This power is ideal for quick overtaking, challenging driving situations, or long and comfortable journeys. The efficient use of fuel and emission management by four catalytic converters ensures the XC90 V8 meets California’s ULEV II standards.


The newly developed six-speed Geartronic automatic transmission is perfectly matched to the formidable V8 engine. In automatic mode, this intuitive and smooth transmission system allows exploration of the engine’s full torque range. The Geartronic is ideal for tough driving conditions or towing. In manual mode, the driver can maintain a lower gear for added engine braking assistance when approaching sharp bends.


Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC) improves ride stability on twisting roads and slippery conditions by reducing power if a drive wheel loses contact. The system constantly compares the car’s direction and steering wheel movement, counteracting potential skids by braking and reducing engine power output. Roll Stability Control (RSC) helps prevent vehicle rollover during sudden swerves or emergency maneuvers by registering the vehicle’s lean angle and applying corrective measures.

AWD with Instant Traction™

The Volvo XC90 V8 features a pre-charged, electronically controlled all-wheel drive system with Instant Traction™. This system, along with generous ground clearance, a low center of gravity, and advanced chassis design, enables superior all-road capability. During normal driving, the front wheels receive 95% of the power, which can be redistributed to the rear wheels as needed. The AWD system responds immediately to changes in driving conditions, optimizing grip and stability. This system minimizes wheel spin during sudden acceleration, further enhancing traction and agility.



  • 4.4-litre compact all-aluminium, 60-degree V8
  • Double overhead camshafts, 32 valves
  • Continuously variable valve timing on both exhaust and inlet sides (Dual CVVT)
  • Electronic engine management
  • Three-way catalytic converters with Lambda sensors
  • Max power output: 311 hp @ 5850 rpm
  • Max torque: 325 ft/lbs @ 3900 rpm
  • Acceleration 0–60 mph in 6.9 seconds
  • Top speed: 130 mph (electronically governed)
  • Environmental classification: ULEV II


  • Transverse engine
  • Electronically controlled AWD with Instant Traction™
  • Six-speed Geartronic automatic transmission


  • Front suspension with spring struts
  • Multi-link independent rear suspension with steel sub-frame
  • DSTC (Dynamic Stability and Traction Control) active stability system with RSC (Roll Stability Control)


  • Power-assisted ABS brakes, ventilated discs front and rear
  • Featuring EBA (Emergency Brake Assistance) and EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution)

Wheels and Tires

  • Standard: 7 x 17" Antaeus alloy wheels with 235/65/17 tires
  • Optional: 7 x 18" Atlantis alloy wheels with 235/60/18 tires


  • ZF Servotronic speed-dependent, power-assisted rack and pinion steering
  • Tilt and telescopic steering column
  • 2.7 turns lock to lock
  • Turning circle: 40 ft.

Fuel Tank

  • Capacity: 21.1 US gallons


  • Three-point safety belts with pre-tensioners for all seats
  • Dual-stage adaptive front airbags (front passenger airbag can be disengaged)
  • SIPS (Side-Impact Protection System) with side-impact airbags and IC (Inflatable Curtain)
  • WHIPS (Whiplash Injury Protection System)
  • ROPS (Roll-Over Protection System)
  • Factory-prepared for ISOFIX system for child safety seats


  • Electronic immobilizer
  • Remote-controlled central locking
  • Approach and Home Safe lighting
  • Optional remote-controlled alarm

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Specifications, features, and equipment shown in this catalog are based on the latest information available at the time of publication. Volvo Cars of North America, LLC reserves the right to make changes at any time without notice to colors, specifications, accessories, materials, and models. For additional information, please contact your authorized Volvo retailer.

© 2004 Volvo Cars of North America, LLC. Printed in the USA on recycled paper.


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