780 was designed by Carrozzeria Bertone in Turin, Italy. It began production in 1986 after debuting at the International Auto Show in Geneva, Switzerland in 1985. Parts of the hood, trunk, and roofline are all slightly lower and the C-pillar is wider and has a gradual slope down to the trunk.
The window frame has a matte black trim, and is accented with chrome. Chrome also covers door handles, bumpers and side prints. Initially, it was planned to use the smaller PRV V6 version and 2,458 cc turbocharged which were successfully tested in the 740s and 760s. However, on the smaller 780 engine compartment, the engine overheats and the PRV V6 Turbo never appears on Volvo.
2 years running, 780 is available with a B280F V6 155 PS (114 kW) 2.0 liter turbo engine and a solid rear axle (live). Equipped with an independent Volvo rear suspension, which uses self-leveling Nivomat shock, to maintain the correct driving height. A better climate control unit (ECC) is also installed.
To overcome concerns about engine performance, Volvo introduced B230FT +; B230FT with Volvo’s Turbo + boost controller, increasing engine output to 175 hp (130 kW). For the next model it increased to 188 hp (140 kW). In Italy, the 780s were then available with B204GT. This is a 16 valve turbo motor that produces 200 hp (149 kW). In the last year of the car, 1991, this car was changed to “Coupé”. At this point, the car only comes in a turbo guise.
Gallery of 1987 Volvo 780 by Carrozzeria Bertone
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