The first generation Volvo S60 (the “P2” generation for some reason) ran for eight years (2000-2007) and was designed to compete with the E46 BMW 3-Series and the Mercedes C Class, but it never really did. The only people cross-shopping the BMW 3-series and the S60 were more likely to have their finger to the wind of neighborhood fashion than assessing the steering response and handling of the cars. Because if they did, the BMW wins that matchup every time.
But not always. There is a breed of Volvo customers that are fiercely loyal (often born from a college-era brick packed full of memories), and for those that also happen to be driving enthusiasts the good people of Torslanda built the S60 R.
Volvo packed the R full of performance goodies to go along with all the safety gear. A 2.5 liter turbocharged inline-5 engine produces 300 hp and shot the S60R to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds. It also sports a Haldex all-wheel-drive system and a three-mode suspension settings. All in 2004. Impressive!
While most S60Rs were sullied with a sunroof, this particular R is a slicktop and a 6-speed manual to boot. With only 58,000 miles there is plenty of life left for this battleship grey sports sedan. Bidding is at $7,700 with four days remaining on the auction.