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What Yamaha learned in Formula

Volvo announced last year that it was planning to enter Australia’s burly V8 Supercars racing series for 2014, and now we know what the Swedish automaker’s car will sound like. The short answer? Incredible. And based on the YouTube video of the mill revving that Volvo’s released, it also looks pretty sweet, too. And the best part? It uses components from the (defunct since 2012) Yamaha-designed V-8 Volvo once used in its XC90 SUV and S80 sedan.

For fans of Volvo’s high-strung V-8, this is good news, even if the Yamaha V-8 has morphed into quite a different animal for race duty. Back in its days of lugging the XC90 and S80 around, the V-8 featured 4.4 liters of displacement and made 311 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque. Massaged by Volvo’s racing partner, Polestar, for the V8 Supercars–bound S60 race car, the V-8 has been bored out to 5.0 liters and makes an absurd 650 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. The original aluminum Yamaha B8444S block and heads carry over to the race car, albeit modified, and there’s one throttle body for each cylinder. Oh, and did we mention the sweet carbon-fiber velocity stacks? It has those.

Redline stands at 7500 rpm, and, happily, the old Yamaha’s 60-degree V-angle has been maintained, lending the mill an unusual—but still awesome—V-8 sound. (The engine uses a narrow V-angle to fit in the old XC90 and S80’s engine bays, which were designed for transversely mounted inline-five and inline-six engines.) Watch the video of the engine in action below, then start bugging Volvo to bring this engine back. We’re thinking it would make a sweet addition to the V60 Polestar‘s engine roster . . . Make it work, Volvo.

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