Grandpa Volvo 855 T5-R was introduced in 1994 and although it looks like it belongs in the scrapyard, the boxy body hides a potent five-cylinder turbocharged engine. Keep it mind it was the early '90s, yet here we have a practical car that also happens to boast with 240 HP and 330 Nm (243 lb-ft), as well as a sporty-oriented chassis setup. Engineers even fitted it with a Torsen limited-slip diff for extra handling prowess.
The 855 T5-R was a ballistic wagon. It even had a go at the 1994 British Touring Car ChampionshipDriven by Tim Harvey and Rickard Rydell, the motorsport-ready 850 Racing was good enough for third place in the Manufacturers' Championship and third and fifth, respectively for the drivers. Which is a bit of a shame why its spiritual successor – the Volvo V60 Polestar, isn't on the grid of the grueling BTCC.
In standard tune, the Polestar skunkworks division hiked the 3-liter engine's output to a hefty 350 ponies and 500 Nm (368 lb-ft). It may weigh a lot, but the extra grunt equals a 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) run of 4.9 seconds. Oh, and don't forget that there are Ohlins shocks and a carbon fiber stabilizer bar keeping things in check on the handling front. The V60 Polestar isn't that bad a way to get to your local IKEA, isn't it?