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Evolve XC90 V8 Review

January 2006
Filed under: EVOLVE Car News | EVOLVE Headlines
EVOLVE XC90 V8 at the 2006 Los Angeles auto show Los Angeles, California (January 4, 2006) – Volvo Cars of North America (VCNA) and aftermarket Volvo specialists, EVOLVE, have teamed up once again to unveil an SUV specifically designed to appeal to the car-crazy Southern California marketplace. The Volvo XC90, owned by film director Brett Ratner, has been significantly redesigned with a number of visual and performance enhancements.
The ultra-black XC90 isn't the first project VCNA and EVOLVE have partnered on. The relationship began in 2003 at the Specialty Equipment Market Association show in Las Vegas when two EVOLVE-equipped Volvo S60 R high-performance sedans and a V70 R high-performance wagon were unveiled. The following year's show heralded the awe-inspiring EVOLVE S40 with over 400 horsepower, race-inspired suspension and full-time all-wheel drive.

"This XC90 is something we've wanted to build for a long time," commented Don Nicholson, President and CEO of EVOLVE. "This has been an exciting exercise in creating an elegant, high-end vehicle that will really appeal to the upscale market. This XC90 is the best of both worlds, balancing stunning looks with awesome driving characteristics. "

Bathed in high-gloss black paint with matte-black accents, the EVOLVE XC90 V8 rides on a lowered sports suspension that is highlighted by high-performance three-piece 22x9.5 EVOLVE “E7” forged wheels. Low profile Pirelli Scorpion Asimmetrico 295/30ZR-22 tires fill the flared wheel wells and shroud the massive EVOLVE Brake Kit featuring 15-inch slotted front rotors clamped by eight-piston calipers and 13-inch rears with four-piston calipers. The fully custom body kit includes front and rear fascias, rocker panels, fender flares and signature EVOLVE grilles which all compliment this XC90’s stealthy appearance. Increased nighttime visibility is created by PIAA light bulb replacements and auxiliary lighting. A bit of extra V8 rumble and increased power is created by the EVOLVE Exhaust System.

Inside, the EVOLVE XC90 is as stylish and eye-catching as the exterior. A complete EVOLVE interior package incorporates two-tone gray and black seating surfaces with contrasting stitching. A matching EVOLVE steering wheel, EVOLVE pedals, and custom painted gloss black and bright-silver interior highlights add some drama to the interior. The already outstanding Volvo in car entertainment system features Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound and a Rear Seat Entertainment system with twin flat-screen LCD monitors mounted to backs of the front-seat headrests.

As with every other customized Volvo, the EVOLVE XC90 V8's safety features are all fully functioning. When the Volvo XC90 was introduced in 2002 it was the first SUV on the market with Roll Stability Control (RSC) and side curtain airbags for all three rows of seats.

EVOLVE is an aftermarket company dedicated to bringing the best performance and styling products to market for late model Volvo owners.

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