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Baywatch Volvo

2007-10-31 08:29
The world's biggest aftermarket show is about to take off in Las Vegas. Have a look at the unreal XC70 emergency vehicle Volvo has on its showstand.

Dubbed the Volvo Catalina Island Rescue Unit, the concept is equipped with all the tools to make it an all-access response vehicle.

Finished in bright yellow and red to allow it to stand out in any terrain, the vehicle sports a customised front end with an aluminium grille, reduced front and rear overhangs (that also improve approach and departure angles), front and rear skid plates, and wider wheel claddings.

The body is higher off the ground by close to 13 cm for improved clearance and the Island Rescue Unit rides on a set of bespoke 20-inch wheels. Unique Pirellis have a tread pattern that specifically increase traction.

Inside the cabin, front bucket and rear folding seats are covered in neoprene and the wetsuit-material also lines the luggage area.

Secured to the floor are two scuba tanks, an oxygen tank, a small first aid kit, a resuscitator box and a large waterproof box containing additional medical supplies and surf rescue equipment.

Mechanically, this concept uses Volvo's 3.2-litre six-cylinder normally aspirated engine with 175 kW and 320 Nm on tap.

It's mated with a six-speed Geartronic automatic transmission. All-wheel drive with Instant Traction and hill descent control are standard.

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