1985 - 1995


The Volvo 480ES was launched in 1985 and production commenced in 1986. The Volvo 480 ES played an important role as being the first series-produced front-wheel-drive Volvo car. It was equipped with a transverse installed 4-cyl. engine.

The 480ES (which was also marketed under the designations 480S and 480 Turbo) was a closed sports car with four seats, having a rear design which was influenced by the classic 1800ES of the early 1970s.

The frontal appearance was unique with pop-up headlights, and resembled no previous Volvo car.

Technical Specifications

Model: 480
Variants: 480 Turbo, 480 S
Produced: 1985 - 1995
Volume: 76375
Body: 2-door sporting hatchback
Engine: 4-cylinder in-line, 1,721 cc OHC with or without turbo or 1,998 cc OHC.
Transmission: 5-speed manual, 4-speed automatic.
Brakes: Hydraulic, disc brakes front and drums rear or discs all round
Dimensions: Wheelbase 250 cm
Misc: The 480 was the first series-produced front-wheel-drive Volvo car.