The Volvo 260 series, manufactured by Volvo from 1974 to 1982, is a range of executive cars that formed part of the broader Volvo 200 lineup. The 260 series comprised luxury models that combined Volvo's classic attributes of safety and reliability with higher levels of comfort and performance.
The 260 series was predominantly powered by a 2.7L V6 engine, co-developed by Peugeot, Renault, and Volvo (PRV), and it produced about 141 horsepower. Later models got an upgraded 2.8L V6 with around 155 horsepower. Both engines were mated to a 4-speed manual, 4-speed manual with electrical overdrive, or a 3-speed automatic transmission.
Thanks to its V6 engine, the Volvo 260 offered a substantial performance improvement over the lesser 4-cylinder 240 models. It provided brisk acceleration, while the overdrive transmission options ensured comfortable high-speed cruising. The 260 series maintained the 200 series' robust chassis and suspension design, ensuring a comfortable, stable ride and confident handling.
The Volvo 260 series was available in various body styles, including a two-door coupe, four-door sedan, and five-door station wagon. Read more
Inside, the 260 series boasted higher trim levels compared to the 240 models. They featured plush interiors, power windows, power mirrors, air conditioning, and other luxury amenities. The emphasis on safety continued, with seatbelt reminders, crumple zones, and a robust safety cage.
The Volvo 260 series, as a luxury-oriented model, did not achieve sales figures as high as the 240 series. Nonetheless, it sold reasonably well, particularly in North America and Europe, where its blend of comfort, safety, and performance resonated with buyers.