Changes Year by Year

(Please note that this content refers specifically to 780s built for the U.S. market.)


Already available in Europe for the 1986 model year, The Volvo 780 made its debut in the U.S.
market in 1987. While the 760 was offered with either the 145 HP 8280F PRV V-6 or the 160 HP
B230FT 4-cylinder turbo, the 780 was only available with the PRV V-6, as well as only an automatic
transmission, Mechanically, the 780 was identical to the 760 and shared the same chassis, drivetrain, and suspension.


The 760 line, having been in production since 1982, underwent some fairly significant mechanical upgrades for the 1988 model year,
and the 780 would be receiving these changes as well.

The biggest change was the introduction of a new, Multilink independent rear suspension which replaced the traditional rear live axde of
previous years and significantly improved ride and handling.

The 760 and 780 also received a new and improved electronic climate control system, replacing the old single control lever system in
use since the 1983 760. The new ECC finally had separate controls for air conditioning, fan speed, airflow, and temperature setting.
This system configuration is still in use in the current (and outgoing) 1998 S90 sedan. The PRV V-6 was still the 780's only engine
choice in 1988


In 1989 the 280 finally became available with the turbocharged B230FT 4-cylinder engine. In addition, the 780 also received a
"Turbo+ accessory kit as standard equipment, which was a relay and vacuum controled valve system designed to raise the
turbocharger's boost pressure at a specified RPM. This consequently increased the base turbo engine's output from 160 to 175 HP

The 780 Turbo also featured new striking, 15-inch "Multi-X" pattern alloy wheels to differentiatet from the V-6 powered 750. For the
first time, "Volvo" badges appeared on the sides of the cars, actually serving as plugs for the side marker lights, which were standard
on the Euro-spec cars but not installed on the U.S. cars- Imide, a switch for the door locks was added to the driver's door control panel
The front seats also had a new "memory glide" feature: by folding the seatback and pressing a small button on the underside of the
seat release lever, the seat moved forward automatically to facilitate entry to the rear, Upon returning the seat back to its upright
position, pushing and holding down the same button on the seatback release returned the seat to its original position


The most significant news for the 1990 model year was the redesigned 8230FT engine, dubbed "Generation 3 Volvo also began
utilizing a turbocharger with a smaller turbine to shorten spool-up time and reduce turbo "lag". Combined with a redesigned exhaust
manifold and other improvements, the new engine now offered improved performance along with higher output and torque than the
1989 version. In addition, the Turbo+ Kit was also redesigned to increase the turbo's output from 162 to 188 HP, making it the most
powerful engine ever offered by Volvo until the arrival of the new 201 HP B6304F 6-cylinder in the 1992 060. Naturally, the Turbo+ Kit
was standard equipment on the 780 Turbo.

Seatback releases were finally redesigned to a more reliable and user-friendly lever type apparatus, and retained the memory glide
Feature from the previous year. Volvo also redesigned the illuminated vanity mirror in the passenger sun visor, and added a vanity
mirror to the driver's sun visor as well. Also, the standard tire size was changed from 205/60 to 195/65

There were also some minor cosmetic changes to the 1900 models. The V-6 780 acquired the same Multi-X pattern alloy wheels of the
780 Turbo, and was also given a chromed vertical-bar grille to differentiate it from the black egg crate grille of the 780 Turbo, Also, this
original high-gloss finish on the wood trim accents was changed to a somewhat less attractive satin finish, giving the wood a more
"plastic and artificial appearance


The 780 was re-badged as simply "Coupe" for 1991, and was only available with the 188 HP 8230FT 4 cylinder turbo (the PRV V-6
becoming a casualty along with the entire 760 series, also discontinued in 1991). The stereo receiver was replaced with a newer unit,
similar in appearance to the old one, but included circuitry for anti-theft and an optional CD changer, the seven-band graphic equalizer

The electronic dimate control was carried over from the previous year, with one minor (and slightly confusing) change. The pushbutton
for the air conditioner was renamed "A/C OFF so the luminated "on" state of the button actually meant that the air conditioning was
disengaged, a reversal from previous years. Volvo kept thes buttar arrangement in the ECC unni the 1990 590, when it everted back
to the "snowflake" button with the traditional "it means on" des intact

The Coupe also received a locking differential, a slightly larger front and sway bar, and a rear ber was added and integrated into the
Mulle rear suspension (upgrades carried over from the newly introduced 940 583 A mal plae mounted above the ashtray carried

Voto's official production total for the 750 is 8,518 cars but between 1995 and 1990, However, the number has often les disputed
as different sources have often timated the actushy total to be higher As before, a coope would remain somt from yove's model
Se for several years until 1997, ten years after the 70's traduction in the US The C70, based on the 850 bone-wheel drive

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