|From 1978 to 1981|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||2-door coupe|
|Related||Volvo 260 series|
The Volvo 262C is the first luxury coupe made by Volvo. Based on the Volvo 200 Series, the 262C was built by Bertone in Turin with limited production from 1977-1981 model years, and was priced around $15,000.
Concept and design
Volvo arranged with Bertone to design and hand build the coupe. The car generated interest among both the Volvo staff and the people living in the area. Without the facilities to spare on a low volume project, in total only 6622 cars were produced from 1978 to 1981.
The drivetrain, suspension, floor pan, and many of the body panels of the 262C were taken directly from the Volvo 260 sedan, with Bertone building the roof pillars, roof pan, windshield surround, cowl, and the upper parts of the doors.The roof of the 262C is about 10 cm lower than that of the 260 sedan.
The 262C used the PRV engine, a 2.7 litre V6 engine developed jointly by Peugeot, Renault, and Volvo. The engine used a Lambda-sound emissions oxygen sensor system; this was the first use of this system on a production V engine.
Standard equipment included a space saver tyre ,with compressed air cylinder, power windows and mirrors, central locking, full leather interior, power mirrors, cruise control, air conditioning, heated front seats, alloy wheels and electrically powered radio antenna. The only optional extras were a limited-slip differential, a choice of stereos, and the no-cost option of a Borg-Warner three-speed automatic instead of the four-speed manual with electrically operated overdrive.By 1981, the manual option had been deleted in the US.
In 1979 the 262C was given a deeper trunk lid, wrap around taillights, and thermostatic heater controls. Manual transmission cars got the shift linkage from the 242GT.
In 1980 the engine bore was increased from 88.1 mm (3.468 in) to 91 mm (3.58 in), resulting in a displacement increase from 2,664 cc (162.6 cu in) to 2,849 cc (173.9 cu in). The engine was also reconfigured, with seven main bearing instead of four and an increase in compression ratio from 8.2:1 to 8.8:1. Also in 1980 the front air dam from the 242GT was added to the 262C.For North America, the 2.8-litre engine produces 130 hp (97 kW).
In 1981, the last year of production, the vinyl roof was deleted.