The ultra-chic 2011 Volvo C70 convertible comes onto the market with fresh new styling but maintains its sophisticated folding hard-top, providing owners with a coupe body and all the benefits that come with it when the top’s up and the joys of the sun and the wind in their hair once it’s lowered. At MotorAuthority, we give the car a solid 8 for its style and performance plus a very reasonable pricetag.
The roof takes just 30 seconds to subside so owners won’t have to wait long before unleashing the car’s turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine on an unsuspecting stretch of highway. Peak output comes in at 227 horsepower and 236 pound-feet, numbers that aren’t going to blow away the competition, but that torque figure peaks at just 1,500 rpm and is maintained all the way to 5,000 revs.
The end result is powerful acceleration in most gears, with the 0-60 mph run taking around 7.5 seconds and top speed limited to 150 mph. Not bad when you consider...