Volvo 780 – The car the 240 or 740 driver dreamed about


The Volvo 780 in all its glory. This one is from 1990, and in excellent condition. Photo: Johan Åhlund

Behold The Volvo 780. The car that many sensible swedes really yearned for in the late 80´s. Compared to the Volvo 740 and the slightly more refined Volvo 760, the 780 with its italian design was a stunning car. Bertone did a fantastic job refining the rather dull and containerlike design. The shape of the 780 is far from the popular, immortal and dull peoplecarriers known as the Volvo 740 and 760.

The Volvo 780 – No container

Although the body resembles very much of the Volvo 760 it was based on, every single 780 bodypanel was brand new. Park it beside a Volvo 760 or  a 740 and you will surely appreciate the finer more refined and modern lines of the 780. This was a very desireable car when new here. Especially here in Sweden.

Comfortable and with great seats


This was the perfect car for the CEO traveling in style and comfort. Over long distances. The interior is beautiful, and a bit rectangular. The car in this article has a beautiful combination with the red paint and the tan leather interion. Comfortable leather seats, excellent feel in the dashboard and descent room for four. With plenty of luggage

The design imho still looks very stylish and the car seen above is in splendid condition. The ride and performance though did not impress the motorjournalists. When it comes to driving and performance, the 780 did not match the look. It was actually pretty slow.

The luxury came wth a hefty price

The 780 was not that different to drive compared to the 760. Unfortunately the 780 was also almost twice as expensive than the 760. And it used the same 156 hp 2.9 litre V6 engine.

The Volvo 780 deserved a better engine

The V6 powerplant lacked power,  and many Volvofans desperately hoped for a faster turbo version.  Unfortunately, this did not happen. But, ok. Lets be honest. This is not a racer, its a comfort cruiser. 0-100km/h in 11 sec, 185km/h in Vmax. But man, it was and still is an elegant car with a lot of luxury features. It deserved a better, happier and more rewarding engine. Then it would have been a very strong performer. As always Volvo had included all their knowledge in safety in this car. It is built as a brick, and very safe.

A very popular youngtimer

Just 8518 Volvo 780s was made in total. The last model was sold in 1990, then in 1991 came the very loved Volvo 850. In retrospective, the 1993 Volvo 850 Turbo engine with its 2,319 cc, 225 hp and 340NM would have suited the 780 perfectly.

How ever, the 780 is a car with cult status, very loved by their owners. When did you see one on the road?

Photo: Johan Åhlund
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Meanie 2.0T – This might be the perfect performance Mini

meanie 2.0t

Ok, I will admit it right away. The photos taken by Meanie themselves used in this article is not the sexiest. The car seem brilliant though. And it must be a blast to drive.

Hi there. As you know, a lot of todays sportscars is superfast and very expensive. Modern cars, with exotic lightweight materials, advanced aerodynamics and potent engines is available from a number of both legendary and innovative manufactors. But not all of these cars delivers that instant feel of joy that excites you and makes you feel truly enlightened while driving.

There is definately a market for lightweight, more sensible and affordable drivers cars. And Im not talking about Porsche Caymans, Alpine A110 or the Alfa Romeo 4c. There are others out there, and one that I really would like to drive is the Meanie 2.0.

The Meanie is small and very agile

Ok, I love small and agile light cars. The classic Mini is no exception. The early ones looks sensational. And boy do they fly through tight corners at a racetrack. The Meanie 2.0 is perhaps not the most beautiful Mini ever made, but its quite discreet. And that suits me just fine.

meanie 2.0t

2 liter turbo, 6-speed manual and 220 hp…

Under the bonnet sits a directly injected straight four-cylinder engine with turbocharger and two-litre displacement. The origin of the engine is unknown so far, but it packs quite a punch. How about 220 hp at 5,800 rpm and 340 Nm at 3,700 rpm? Delivered through a manual 6-speed with an H shift pattern. Still not impressed?

At 847 kg a Meanie is 504 kg lighter than a Golf Gti

Here is the fun part. The Meanie 2.0 is feather light. Weighing in at just 847 kilos. That is 504 kilos lighter than a Golf Gti with the same power outoput. The Meanie can do 0-100 km/h in under 4 seconds. With according to Meanie themselves awesome traction and handling. That must be fun.

One early version had a top speed of 240 km/h, ut to make the car a bit more sane they electronically decreased the top speed to 200 km/h. Probably a smart move. The zero to 100 km/h must feel amazing in such a small car. Perhaps this is the pure drivers car many enthusiasts have been looking for.

It would be very interesting watching the Meanie 2.0 perform on a racetrack. I quess this car is the definition of a pocket rocket. Yes, i want one. Bad. Still no clips on YouTube yet though.

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Lamborghini Aventador ”Las Americas” by DMC

Man, this was really something special. A Lamborghini Aventador is a stunning car, but this one has been spoilt with Forgiato Wheels and a Fie Exhaust making a great car even greater. This is the DMC Edizione GT Lamborghini Aventador Las Americas. Just look at it.

The massive V12 has been given a lot of TLC. DMC did manage to bolt on a twinturbo bumping the power up to an impressive 988Hp. Its also quite light, and with the serious amont of carbon fibre used on its sexy body this Lamborghini Aventador really flies when put in crazy mode. Just look at it. Its awesome. The perfect Aventador?

Nissan Figaro – Quite small and quite cool when modded

I have a quite a soft spot for these japanese retro looking cars. Unfortunately they are a very rare sight here in Sweden and if Im lucky i might see one, once a year or so.

The Nissan Figaro is a two-door 2+2 retro-styled fixed-profile convertible manufactured by Nissan for model year 1991, and originally marketed solely in Japan at their Nissan Cherry Stores.

There is a handful Nissan Figaros rolling around here in Sweden. When you see the very nifty and cool Nissan Figaro in the video above, perhaps you too will get fond of it? I think they are both cute and cool.

The Figaro is just 3,7 meters long and weighs 810 kg. Not featherlight, but then its not a kei-car. Just a small, beautiful car powered by a 970cc turbo engine with 77Hp. That makes the car ready for 171 km/h in very good fashion. Yeah, the orange Nissan Figaro in the video looks stunning.

Ferrari 308 by ATS Racing – Turbo and 570 hp…

Oh man this Ferrari 308 Turbo is one heck of a build. Some might say its sacrilegious modding a classic Ferrari 308, but when its done right, like this one built by ATS Racing then it is a glorious sight. And sound.

What we got here is a blue 1978 Ferrari 308, thats been upgraded with an awesome engine built by parts from a handful of other Ferrari models. Then ATS added a single turbo with a custom made intercooler, beefed up the suspension, upgraded the brakes and added sticky tires.

To add to the design, the front was blessed with fog lights, making it look a bit like the Ferrari 288 GTO. Lets just say that this one looks as good as the engine sounds. Power? 570HP, at the wheels. Thats slightly more than the 255hp stock engine…

Want to know some more, visit ATS Racing and have a look at Mason Bleadsell´s photos on this blue spaceship. More Ferraris on CarsAndBullshit.

Singer Porsche 911 – You know you want one!

Singer Porsche 911 Rock Island

The Singer Porsche 911 Rock Island – Photo by Singer Vechile Design

The Singer Porsche has 390HP and goes 0-60 in 3,3 seconds

The cars built by Singer is definately something else. With stunning looks, custom built with the intent to live up to the higest of expectations they are the dream for many speedfreaks. And yes, they are fast too.

The one pictured in this article is called Rock Island, and in my humble opinion one of the best looking Porches Singer Vechile Design has built. That says a whole lot.

Singer Vechile Design Porsche 911 Rock Island

The classic 911 design has probably ever looked this good. What a car.

State of the art performance

There are currently three engines available, hand-built with state of the art components. The “base” one is a 3.8-liter kicking out 300HP. Then there is another 3.8 developed with Cosworth, with slightly higher power at 350HP. This engine is descibed by Singer as “a wonderful compromise between a high-revving, high horsepower Porsche racing engine and a torque rich, tractabledurable engine for the road“.

Then we have the jewel, the 4.0 liter engine developed by Ed Pink Racing. This is said to be the finest normally aspirated flat six engine ever made. With 390HP and a redline of 7.200 RPM, this technological and charismatic marvel of an engine makes the lightweight and agile Singer 911 a seriously fast car. According to Singer it will hit 0-60mph in under 3,3 seconds and 0-100mph in just 8,2 seconds. Thats darn impressive from a car with less than 400HP.

Singer Porsche 911 Rock Island

The stunning Singer Porsche 911 in full speed

Rob Dickinson and his team has been working extremely hard during the last eight years, and the results speaks for themseleves. The company keywords are Restored, Reimagined and Reborn, then they turn everything up to eleven.

This Singer Porsche could very well be the ultimate 911

Every detail is perfectly crafted, just look at those hips. Those wide tires, the dual mid exhaust and the modern lights. If it looks this good on the internet, i will probably be an amazing sight roaming down the highway. And that sound. Oh man. Many petrolheads has called the cars made by Singer the ultimate 911. I agree. Just look at the cars they have made.

Surely you will visit Singer Vechile Design for more awesome builds and beautiful photos.
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The joy of racing – Photos from the STCC by Johan Åhlund

I just went through some folders in my racing-catalog on my harddrive. These photos is taken in the last five years by me, on the swedish racetracks, and hopefully i will post them and write some more copy on them when i got more time.

Swedish Formula 1 legend and pro racediver Stefan Lill Lövis Johansson at Mantorp Park racetrack. It aint often im startstruck, but this guy. Man, does he has some stories to tell. I made a short interview and took some nice pics.

A diversified parc ferme after a very actionpacked race in the STCC-championship at Mantorp Park. Audi, Seat and BMW fought hard on the track.

Happy drivers at Polestar after Thed Björk won the championship. From left: Champion Thed Björk, Fredrik Ekblom, Carl Philip Bernadotte, Linus Ohlsson and Robert Dahlgren. Man, these were happy guys and very easy to interview after their celebration. A very nice day.

Daniel Haglöf and one of his many devoted fans. Always a gentleman, and very easygoing. And for sure a very talented driver.

The West Coast Racing line up in the pitlane at Mantorp. Teamowner and boss extraordinaire Dick Jönsson Wigroth enjoyed the formation after a impressive qualification.

Sheer joy and so much happiness and love in this picture. I stood on my knees on the tarmac as the Thed Björk entered the pitlane in his blue Polestar Volvo and stopped right in front of my lens. Fantastic race, and a lot of partying and celebration after the interviews. A great racing moment.

Tommy Rustad beeing interviewd after a tough race in Polestars wickedly fast little C30. This guy is quite unbelievable, very fast, confident and often (note while racing though) very calm and nice to talk to.

Pure motivation. This is probably one of my favorite pictures. Richard Göransson has just put on his helmet. He has spoken to his race mechanic and is given the proper handshake before entering his car. Fully concentrated, the adrenalin is starting to pump. 30 seconds later he is out for a seriously fast lap at Anderstorp Raceway.

Richard Göransson VS Robert Dahlgren in 2015

Throwback to the STCC-race at Falkenberg where the pouring rain didn’t stop either Richard Göranson nor Robert Dahlgren from very tight and fast racing. Epic control and respect between these skilled Volvo-drivers. Very nice crowd and organisation as Always.
Photo: Johan Åhlund.